Rent Lawman (1971)

3.5 of 5 from 59 ratings
1h 35min
Rent Lawman (aka The Law Man) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
During a drunken spree in the small Wild West town of Bannock, one of a half-dozen workers from a nearby ranch accidentally shoots an innocent man. Bannock's marshal, a righteous man named Jared Maddox (Burt Lancaster), comes to the larger town of Sabbath bearing the dead body of one of the revellers and demands the surrender of the remaining five from sheriff Cotton Ryan (Robert Ryan) and ranch owner Vincent Bronson (Lee J. Cobb), starting a confrontation that threatens to engulf them all.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Michael Winner
Writers:
Gerald Wilson
Aka:
The Law Man
Studio:
MGM Home Entertainment
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Classics, New Releases
BBFC:
Release Date:
05/07/2004
Run Time:
95 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, French Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, German Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, Italian Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
Subtitles:
Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, Greek, Norwegian, Romanian, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BBFC:
Release Date:
30/08/2021
Run Time:
99 minutes
Languages:
English LPCM Mono
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B

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Reviews (2) of Lawman

Middle Ranking Western. - Lawman review by Steve Mason

Spoiler Alert
07/10/2013

Lancaster, Ryan and Cobb says you gotta watch this one. Michael Winner suggests otherwise. Very dense with dialogue, though the dialogue is decent, but not a lot of action. Very fine period costumes and sets. Worth seeing for the stars and a good support cast.

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Another loser from Winner - Lawman review by Count Otto Black

Spoiler Alert
18/05/2015

When I saw the name "Michael Winner" I thought this might be bad, but it's got a pretty impressive cast, and plot sounded promising. Unfortunately it's downright dreary. Burt Lancaster, the titular lawman, is supposed to be Judge Dredd in a stetson, and a director like Sergio Corbucci (or absolutely any other Italian making westerns in 1971) could have turned this concept into a relentlessly gripping tale of excessive revenge, culminating in a spectacular gunfight between absolutely everybody who wasn't dead yet, probably involving dynamite, while managing to make precisely the same point - taking justice too far is sometimes worse than doing nothing at all, even if you're technically right. Michael Winner, not so much. If this is "action-packed" then so is "On Golden Pond"! "Angst-packed" more like. The very occasional gunplay is listless, the overall pace is leaden, and the inevitable final showdown is both nihilistic and dull.

Everybody looks miserable nearly all the time, except Robert Duvall, who looks roguishly cheerful because he usually does, unless told not to by a director who isn't asleep. Burt Lancaster, who always benefited from good direction, simply looks constipated. Character motivation is often opaque. The lawman seems to have no reason to mercilessly hunt down a group of men, all but one of whom are innocent, when everybody else is willing to compromise, beyond the fact that he's a stubborn badass. This is discussed endlessly by everybody, but all they succeed in doing is making each other even more angst-ridden. It's got a cast who pull it up to two stars, but some of them are wasted. Robert Ryan appears to have been told to play exactly the same character he did in "The Wild Bunch" in order to persuade the viewers they're watching something similar. Unsurprisingly, he does not succeed in doing this. Don't bother.

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