Lonely Are the Brave

A striking modern Western, with Douglas' ex-con cowboy pitting his horse and wits against technocrat sheriff Matthau and the world of 'progress', in an attempt to hold on to his dream of freedom and the pioneering spirit. The message of Dalton Trumbo's script (adapted from Edward Abbey's novel Brave Cowboy) is often a little too heavily underlined, with Douglas' martyrdom buttressed by some rather obvious symbols, but Miller directs with an eloquent feeling for landscape, making excellent use of Philip Lathrop's monochrome photography as the cowboy is pursued by helicopters into the mountains. Beautifully acted by a superb cast, it's a gripping, elegiac movie, imbued with a very real nostalgia for a vanished world.

Release details

Duration: 107 mins

Cast and crew

Director: David Miller
Screenwriter: Dalton Trumbo
Cast: Michael Kane
Gena Rowlands
Walter Matthau
George Kennedy
William Schallert
Carroll O'Connor
Kirk Douglas

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