I’m taking a look at another Burt Lancaster film fortunately this one has had a UK blu-ray release thanks to Final Cut Entertainment. Lawman (1971) is western which also features Robert Ryan, Lee J. Cobb and Robert Duvall. So it has a strong cast but should you give it a look? Let’s find out, here’s my Lawman blu-ray review.
- Lawman (1971)
- Genre: Western
- Directed by Michael Winner
- UK Rating 15
- Discs: 1
- Released By Final Cut Entertainment
- Blu-ray Released: 30th August 2021
When a bunch of cowboys shoot up a town an innocent man is killed. The town’s marshal, Jared Maddox (Burt Lancaster) is determined to bring those responsible to justice. His investigation leads him to a nearby town where he asks that the men surrender and return with him to face justice.
However the men have no intention of going voluntary and decide to take action.
Style / Direction
Michael Winner directs and produces this overall well made western. I wasn’t too keen on the way a couple of shots would use the zoom. Apart from that it’s a good western.
Music / Audio Effects
The film’s score comes from Jerry Fielding.
Acting / Characters
As I mentioned at the beginning of this review the cast list is strong. Just take a look at the actors involved below.
They all put in strong performances which really keeps you interested in their plight.
- Burt Lancaster as Jared Maddox
- Robert Ryan as Cotton Ryan
- Lee J. Cobb as Vincent Bronson
- Robert Duvall as Vernon Adams
- Sheree North as Laura Shelby
- Albert Salmi as Harvey Stenbaugh
- J. D. Cannon as Hurd Price
- Joseph Wiseman as Lucas
- Richard Jordan as Crowe Wheelwright
- John McGiver as Mayor Sam Bolden
- Ralph Waite as Jack Dekker
- John Beck as Jason Bronson
- William C. Watson as Choctaw Lee
- Walter Brooke as Luther Harris
- Robert Emhardt as Hersham
- Richard Bull as Dusaine
- John Hillerman as Totts
- Hugh McDermott as L.G. Moss
- Wilford Brimley as Marc Corman.
Conclusion: Lawman (1971) Film Review
I found Lawman (1971) to be a thoroughly absorbing western helped in no small way by great casting. This one’s a must for all western fans!
If you’ve enjoyed my Lawman blu-ray review so far you may want to check out the following films:
- Destry Rides Again (1939)
- My Darling Clementine (1946)
- Winchester ’73 (1950)
- High Noon (1952)
- Shane (1953)
- Breakheart Pass (1975)
- Geronimo: An American Legend (1993)
- The Hateful Eight (2015)
Conclusion: Lawman Blu-ray Review
I had no real issues with the image quality and found it to be very good blu-ray release.
On to my movie rating for Lawman (1971)
MOVIE RATING: GOOD
BLU-RAY RATING: VERY GOOD
POPCORN CINEMA: RECOMMENDED
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For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…
Clip NOT representative of the blu-ray version
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Summary: Lawman (1971) Blu-ray Review
Movie title: Lawman (1971)
Duration: 99 mins
Director(s): Michael Winner
Actor(s): Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan, Lee J. Cobb, Robert Duvall, Sheree North
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Rating
A thoroughly absorbing western
- Great Cast List
- Compelling Story
- Good Picture Quality
- Nothing Major