Burt Lancaster is excellent as the title character, a pitiless, unbending marshal out to arrest seven cowhands who left a dead man in the wake of a drunken tear, in this stoic, modern take on a classic Western theme. He confronts a rancher baron, trigger-happy gunmen, and the cowardly hypocrites of a frontier town: the usual bunch of Old West types sculpted into intriguing character by a crack cast. Robert Ryan brings a sad dignity to his former gunfighter tamed into a meek town marshal, and Lee J. Cobb is introspective and thoughtful as the aging cattleman weary of his life of violence: "It took guns to take this land, guns to keep it, and guns to make it grow.... Each time we bury the cost." Robert Duvall, Albert Salmi, and a young Richard Jordan (as an idealistic cowpoke whose sense of honor gets a workout in the complex conflicts) also star.
The first American feature by British director Michael Winner (who went on to make numerous tough Charles Bronson pictures, including the first three Death Wish movies) is lean and tough, with a streak of "passing of an era" melancholia, but surprisingly old-fashioned. The hard-edged, unsentimental violence, arid, austere look of the picture, and distracting overuse of zoom shots mark it as an unmistakable product of the early 1970s, but it's not so much cynical as sorrowful in its clash of ideals, and never less than clear-eyed in the presentation of harsh frontier realities. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Superb acting, superb directing, superb dialogue. . . feel free to read my rave of the version with the same cover, ASIN 079283853X. Read morePublished on July 15 2004 by Matthew Drummy
First, the caution: the "widescreen" VHS version is a sham! It doesn't show you the actual original widescreen film, it simply chops off the top and bottom of the... Read morePublished on July 14 2004 by Matthew Drummy
I was very disapointed with this film "LAWMAN" and not because of the film itself, but because of the sound quality of this DVD. Read morePublished on July 1 2004 by Peter Skurka
The plotline is simple. Jarrod Maddox (Burt Lancaster), is an aging lawman, still extremely capable, who arrives in town and gives notice that the men involved in a killing will... Read morePublished on May 3 2003
burt lancaster as a well focussed no non- sense marshal
reminded me of the sci fi movie terminator with a western flair. Read more
What are the adjectives that describe Burt Lancaster's character in this western. Tough, steeley, deadly, honest, dedicated and incorruptable come to mind. Read morePublished on July 5 2002 by Dennis C. Clements
This is a great violent western. Lancaster proves he
can step up and be just as tough as Eastwood and Wayne.
The action is superb. Western fans-Don't miss this one!
Burt Lancaster is the epitome of TOUGH as the unyielding paragon of western justice, Marshall Jered Maddox. Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2002 by Cory D. Slipman