Lonely Are the Brave [DVD] [1962]

  • SKU: 17889938
  • Release Date: 07/07/2009
  • Rating: NR
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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (5 out of 5)

Special Features

  • Lonely are the brave: a tribute: Kirk Douglas, Gena Rowlands, 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


Lonely Are the Brave
Although it never quite escapes the pitfalls of pretension, this film was Kirk Douglas's bid for the affections of the art house crowd, and it remains one of his best efforts. The star plays unreconstructed "rugged individual" Jack Burns, who rides throughout the modern west knocking down man-made fences. Visiting his equally rebellious friend Paul Bondi (Michael Kane), Burns deliberately gets himself thrown in jail to be nearer his pal. Frustrated that Bondi doesn't want to join Burns on the road, Burns breaks out of jail, thereby becoming a fugitive. His trail is dogged by Sheriff Johnson (Walter Matthau), a frustrated frontiersman who secretly admires the freewheeling Burns. Meanwhile, a truck driver (Carroll O'Connor) is ominously driving down the highway with a truckload of toilets. If you think there's supposed to be some symbolism in this seemingly peripheral character, you're absolutely right. Bill Raisch, a genuine amputee who played the one-armed man on TV's The Fugitive, is Douglas' surly opponent in the café brawl sequence. Filmed on location in New Mexico, Lonely are the Brave was adapted by Dalton Trumbo from Edward Abbey's novel Brave Cowboy. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Kirk Douglas
    Kirk Douglas - Jack Burns
  • Gena Rowlands
    Gena Rowlands - Jerri Bondi
  • Walter Matthau
    Walter Matthau - Sheriff Johnson
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    Michael Kane - Paul Bondi
  • Carroll O'Connor
    Carroll O'Connor - Hinton

Customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Old Western- Style Movie!

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    This is a great old western-style movie I had seen many years ago on TV and I was very happy to find it and be able to watch it once again. It has great action and everything needed to keep you in suspense, not knowing how it will end. Even after seeing it a couple of times, it is still worth watching again just for the great scenes and action.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    awsome movie


    I highly reccomend this film to ANYONE. The film has an excellant cast, storyline and plot.The movie is based on the novel THE BRAVE COWBOY but before the movie was filmed the name of the movie was changed from THE BRAVE COWBOY to LONELY ARE THE BRAVE. This is also the ONLY film that actor Kirk douglas himself highly reccomends to his fans.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    at long last


    This movie is the greatest story of a man and his horse. I am only thankfull it has finally came to dvd format. It can only be described as a true character study of a man sorounded by satire.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


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    I highly recommend. This movie can be hard to find. Great price and quality.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great movie

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    one of the best films done by kirk douglas. love it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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