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LONELY ARE THE BRAVE [Blu-ray]
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May 19 2020
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|Contributor||Karl Swenson, William Schallert, Gena Rowlands, Kirk Douglas, Walter Matthau, Carroll O'Connor, George Kennedy, Michael Kane See more|
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- Language : English
- Product Dimensions : 1.78 x 19.05 x 13.72 cm; 18 Grams
- Manufacturer reference : unknown
- Media Format : NTSC
- Release date : May 19 2020
- Actors : Kirk Douglas, Walter Matthau, Gena Rowlands, George Kennedy, Carroll O'Connor
- ASIN : B085R72HYJ
- Country of origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #32,720 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
- #11,059 in Blu-ray
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From David Miller, the outstanding director of Flying Tigers, Sudden Fear, Midnight Lace, Captain Newman, M.D. and Executive Action, comes this contemporary western based on a novel by Edward Abbey (Fire on the Mountain) and adapted for the screen by the great Dalton Trumbo (Papillon). Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas (The Vikings) ignites the screen in his personal favorite role as a cowboy on a collision course with the modern world in Lonely Are the Brave. After landing himself in jail trying to break out his friend, Jack Burns (Douglas) finds himself alone and on the run from the law. Leading the manhunt is Sheriff Morey Johnson (Walter Matthau, Charley Varrick), who must bring Burns to justice despite his own sympathy for the fugitive. Co-starring Gena Rowlands (Gloria), George Kennedy (Thunderbolt and Lightfoot) and Carroll O’Connor (Point Blank) and featuring top-notch cinematography by Philip H. Lathrop (Experiment in Terror) with a rousing score by Jerry Goldsmith (100 Rifles), Lonely Are the Brave is an unforgettable portrait of a lawless man defying life in an orderly world.
-NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historians Howard S. Berger and Steve Mitchell
-A Tribute: Kirk Douglas, Gena Rawlands, Steven Spielberg and Michael Douglas Discuss the Film's Legacy
-The Music of LONELY ARE THE BRAVE: A Look Back at the Film's Memorable Score by Jerry Goldsmith
-Optional English Subtitles
-Dual-Layered BD50 Disc
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Combine Thomas Hardy's poem "Convergence of the Twain" with William Blake's criticism of modern industrial life in "London" and insert a story about the "last American cowboy," a rugged individualist in an imprisoning social order. The result is a great film--to those who are brave enough to absorb its meanings and willing to remain alone in their estimate.
I didn't truly appreciate the film until I grew up. Now, I see in it an individual very much like cowboys who were around in my childhood; fiercely independent, hard-drinking, hard-working men who, because of their disdain for fences, rules, and conformity, are themselves responsible for being alone. They are men who were born too late, who are old fashioned cowboys in a West where round-ups are now by helicoptor and ATR vehicles. A man on horseback, as a way of life, is rapidly fading away. You can see that sadness and loneliness in this film. That the hero in the film could actually believe that he could out-run modern police pursuit on horseback only adds poignancy; he is really trying to out-run modern times and loss of individuality. That is truly a lonely effort.
This film is wonderful; I agree with the reviewer who said this was kirt's best film, and his favorite. It is , for me, one of the best American films ever made. Discover this gem.
Like great poetry, the film "Lonely are the Brave" must be savored several times, it's taste acquired, it's ideas earned through thought and contemplation. Quite simply, the film is one of the finest westerns ever made.
A simple tale, though with crisp dialogue and underlying substance, "Lonely are the Brave" tells the story of the modern-day loner cowboy Jack Burns, brilliantly played by Kirk Douglas. Upon his horse, Burns rides into a dusty New Mexico town to visit old friends, dodging speeding cars on a highway. He soon discovers his best friend, a childhood chum he used to carouse with, has been jailed for transporting illegal immigrants from Mexico. In the blink of an eye, Douglas has himself arrested in an attempt to help his buddy break out of jail.
But his friend refuses, instead choosing the life of a family man, wishing to return to his wife and child as soon as possible. Douglas promptly breaks out of jail, deciding to cross the mountains into Mexico and wait for "things to blow over." A chase ensues, with a relaxed sheriff (superbly played by a young Walter Matthau) trying to cut off "the cowboy." The chase contrasts the loner (Douglas) on horseback in the mountains versus the modern-day technology of radios, helicopters, the U.S. military and jeeps.
But it is the small scenes in "Lonely are the Brave" that truly give the film its depth and status. A quiet moment as Douglas pauses at the bedroom door of his friend's son, perhaps imagining what his life could have been under different circumstances; a firm hug and kiss with his friend's wife (Gena Rowlands in one of her earliest roles) insinuating past love; a conversation with a mountain squirrel while waiting for a helicopter to fly past; a humorous soliloquy while washing his hands discussing the variety of signs hanging from a barbed wire fence; and other telling, comfortable scenes creating a character of fierce independence trapped within a shrinking land of convention.
"Lonely are the Brave" harkens back to a time of literate drama and well-written dialogue born of the theater and literature. It is also a film that, like its protagonist, slowly moves along the trail until its inevitable, heartbreaking conclusion. But that's the way it should be. Kirk Douglas' character wouldn't have it any other way.
"Lonely are the Brave" is an unforgettable film. If you have not seen this gem before, you are in for a western treat.
It was written by Dalton Trumbo, a real Hollywood hero, which brings me to my theme. A hero goes, more often, unrewarded. Jack Burns, the protagonist, is a hero to Gena Rowlands, a love he never had, and to Walter Matthau, the sheriff reluctant to capture him. He shines through as foolish, a prime attribute of a hero.
It's a good story. With magnificent actors giving there best performances, and I'm sure I'll watch it several times more.
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It is a story of a cowboy who should have been born 100 years before, civilization has come to the west , barbed wire has fenced off the plains, he is a man out of place, he comes to break his friend out of jail, his friend declines the offer, so he escapes and heads for Mexico. The sheriff in pursuit (a great performance from Walter Matthau) sympathises with the cowboy's plight, almost willing him to make it. The Cowboy's friendship with his horse is beautiful done without being syrupy. It's one of those movies that just could not be remade. Almost flawless.
Warning, watch bonus features after main film, because they both contain spoilers, and the powerful ending will be ruined for you, maybe that was a spoiler!