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Lonely Are the Brave Details


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 Bill Raisch, 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

  • Release date:May 24, 1962


Kirk Douglas
as Jack Burns
Gena Rowlands
as Jerri Bondi
Walter Matthau
as Sheriff Johnson
Michael Kane
as Paul Bondi
Carroll O'Connor
as Hinton
George Kennedy
as Guitierrez
William Schallert
as Harry, Radio Operator
Karl Swenson
as Rev. Hoskins
Martin Garralaga
as Old Man
Lalo Rios
as Prisoner
Charles Bronson
Bill Bixby
as Airman in helicopter
Dan Sheridan
as Deputy Glynn
William Mims
as First Deputy in Bar
Bill Bixby
as Airman in helicopter
Dan Sheridan
as Deputy Glynn


David Miller
Kirk Douglas
Dalton Trumbo
Edward Abbey
Book Author
Philip H. Lathrop
Jerry Goldsmith
Composer (Music Score)
Leon Barsha
Alexander Golitzen
Art Director
George Milo
Set Designer
Tom Shaw
First Assistant Director
Bud Westmore