Kirk Douglas is a lonesome cowboy in this modern day western.
Aug 7, 2009
Lonely Are the Brave is a film about a man who's content with life on the open range. He's the last of his kind, the wandering cowboy. The problem is the open range is disappearing around him. A guy like that can't live off the land anymore because there's no land for him to live off of. Everywhere he goes the land is either owned or forbidden for him to enter. Kirk Douglas stars as the last cowboy who just can't get it into his head how much the times have changed. Especially when he tries to rescue his good friend from a local jail. This causes more trouble than he can comprehend.
What's so interesting about this movie is how much of the story, scenes and situations were later used in "First Blood". The basic story line and his troubles with the law are quite similar. Walter Matthau and Gena Rowlands co-star in this awesome film about a dying way of life. I saw this film several years ago on Turner Classic Movies and I enjoyed it very much. It's a sad tribute to the old west that once was.