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Lawman (1971)




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This Michael Winner western stars Burt Lancaster as a marshal who vows justice against a band of killers led by Lee J. Cobb, and who is determined to uphold the law no matter what the cost.

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Burt Lancaster
as Jared Maddox
Lee J. Cobb
as Vincent
John Beck
as Jason
Richard Jordan
as Crowe Wheelwright
Ralph Waite
as Jack Dekker
William Watson
as Choctaw Lee
Charles Tyner
as Minister
Richard Bull
as Dusaine
Walter Brooke
as Luther Harris
Bill Brimley
as Marc Corman
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Critic Reviews for Lawman

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

What we're left with is a Western with a lot of sides but no center.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

For the budget and the hoopla and the waste, the technical components of the film are routine, the acting as good as top pros can deliver with an ordinary script and a hypothyroid director.

January 9, 2020 | Full Review…

Almost presages Unforgiven's elegiac take on the genre's violent implications, acknowledging that just because someone wears a badge doesn't mean they're the hero.

June 4, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Trying to be thoughtful, it is merely dull. Since it doesn't replace gore with thoughts it ends up being both dull and gory.

April 4, 2019 | Full Review…

... wannabe thoughtful Western.

August 7, 2006 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Slow but sure oater with stoic Lancaster.

December 27, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Lawman


Burt Lancaster is a sheriff tasked with finding the group of cowboys who accidentally murder an old man during a one drunken night's revelry. Lee J. Cobb is the leader of said group. The tension is gained when the group refuse to go quietly to trial. Or: the letter of the law versus the spirit of the law, which way are you gonna go? Lancaster play the letter quite well, "just the facts, m'am" but with an open style, allowing the tension that the other actors project (and so the audience) to come to him and this favors the whole effort. Sheree North is the woman he left behind and she's good as an honest portrayal of a Western woman. For a Western, and asking "what is morality?" this one's no typical cartoon oater and definitely worth a look.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

a classic tale of a lawman out to see justice served with no exceptions. this was a great flick unitl the end where the unexpected happens and not in a good way as a couple of the main characters change colors for no explained reason at all. justice becomes trivial, but the acting was solid and the film had a great feel. overall this was pretty good.

danny d
danny d

Super Reviewer

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