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"He gave the West justice right up to its neck... then rammed more down its throat."

Lawman is the 1971 western about a peace officer who is forced to bring a group of criminals to justice alone. Marshall Jared Maddox (Burt Lancaster) rides into the town of Bannock with the body of cowhand Marc Corman, who along with several other rowdy men, was involved in an accidental shooting that left a man dead. Unfortunately, the other five suspects Jared is after work for the powerful rancher Vincent Bronson (Lee J. Cobb).

After being warned by the town sheriff Cotton Ryan (Robert Ryan) not to confront Bronson, Jared goes straight to Bronson's ranch and demands that the men be turned over to him. Stenbaugh (Albert Salmi) suggests that they kill Maddox to get him off their backs. Laura Selby (Sheree North), Maddox's ex-girlfriend and now common law wife of another suspect Price (J.D. Cannon) also tries to intervene. Unable to make headway, Maddox goes back to the sheriff for help. He is shot at by another one of Bronson's men Dekker (John Waite). Ryan arrests Dekker but insists that Maddox leave town.

After going to Laura's home, Maddox's feeling for her are rekindled. He asks for Laura's hand in marriage. She says she will only accept on the condition that he is no longer a lawman. Maddox captures and turns in Adams (Robert Duvall), the last of the wanted men. While attempting to leave town, he is confronted Bronson and his men, who are intent on getting revenge. Maddox pleads to the men to let him go because he wants no further trouble. Choctaw (William C. Watson) is killed after drawing on Maddox. Bronson's son Jason (John Beck) follows Choctaw's lead and is also killed. Maddox also shoots Price. The sight of his son lying dead in the street is too much for Bronson. He turns his gun on himself. Maddox rides is now forced to ride out of town alone.

PG
| 1971 | 1 hr 39 min | 7.0/10 | 52/100
Cast
Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan, Lee J. Cobb, Robert Duvall
Studio
MGM
Director
Michael Winner
Language
English
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