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4 August 1971 (USA) See more »
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Directed by
Michael Winner 
Writing credits
Gerald Wilson (written by)

Produced by
Michael Winner .... producer
Original Music by
Jerry Fielding 
Cinematography by
Robert Paynter (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Frederick Wilson  (as Freddie Wilson)
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
Production Design by
Stan Jolley 
Art Direction by
Roberto Silva 
Herbert Westbrook 
Set Decoration by
Ray Moyer 
Makeup Department
Evelina Casas .... hairdresser
Richard Mills .... makeup artist
Production Management
Clifton Brandon .... production manager
Alberto A. Ferrer .... production manager (as Alberto Ferrer)
Carlos Terron Garcia .... production manager (as Carlos Terron)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Dryhurst .... assistant director
Jaime Contreras .... assistant director (uncredited)
Malcolm Stamp .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Harry Arbour .... construction manager
Sound Department
Russ Hill .... dialogue editor
Terry Rawlings .... dubbing editor (as Terence Rawlings)
Hugh Strain .... sound recordist
Manuel Topete .... sound recordist (as Manuel Topete Blake)
Special Effects by
León Ortega .... special effects (as Leon Ortega)
Tony Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Anthony Troke .... camera operator (as Tony Troke)
Bob Jordan .... focus puller (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ron Beck .... wardrobe
Location Management
Timothy Pitt Miller .... location manager
Music Department
David Whitaker .... conductor
Other crew
Pamela Carlton .... continuity
Rudy Ugland .... chief wrangler
'Chema' Hernandez .... head wrangler: Mexico (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Lawman" - Canada (English title) (imdb display title)
"Lawman" - Austria, West Germany
"O Homem da Lei" - Brazil, Portugal
"Представитель закона" - Soviet Union (Russian title)
"Човек на Закона" - Bulgaria (Bulgarian title)
"¡Yo soy la ley!" - Uruguay (original subtitled version)
"A törvény nevében" - Hungary (imdb display title)
"Covek zakona" - Yugoslavia (Serbian title) (literal title)
"En nombre de la ley" - Spain
"Io sono la legge" - Italy
"Jeg er loven" - Denmark (imdb display title)
"Kanun adami" - Turkey (Turkish title)
"L'homme de la loi" - France
"Lagens män" - Sweden
"Lainvalvoja" - Finland
"Mato em Nome da Lei" - Brazil
"O anthropos tou nomou" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
"Omul legii" - Romania (imdb display title)
"Szeryf" - Poland (imdb display title)
"Tsuisekisha" - Japan (imdb display title)
"Yo soy la ley" - Mexico
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Rated R for violent content (2007 re-rating)
99 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Australia:PG | Australia:A (original rating) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 (re-rating) | Norway:16 | Portugal:M/16 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 (cut) | UK:AA (original rating) | USA:R (2007 re-rating) | USA:GP (original rating) | West Germany:16 (f) (original rating)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

According to the hotel ledger, Maddox checks in on Friday, May 13, 1887.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: When Maddox (Burt Lancaster) shoots the horse out from under Vernon Adams (Robert Duvall), the man who is thrown from the falling horse has a full head of hair, and is clearly a stunt double. Robert Duvall was totally bald on top in this movie. The stuntman even tries to hide the fact by placing his hand right on top of his head as he comes up, but the full head of hair is still visible.See more »
Luther Harris:[referring to Maddox] Who's he, some bounty hunter or something?
Lucas:Don't make an enemy of him, storekeeper. Step wide of him.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Death Wish (1974)See more »


Why does Maddox kill Hurd Price
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44 out of 57 people found the following review useful.
A Great, Often Misunderstood Western, 20 March 2004
Author: wrbtu from Long Island Motor Parkway

There are many fine performances in this film. Robert Ryan is the former hero who now admits he "eats dirt" for a living. Sheree North is at her finest as a lady with a past whose love for her man is unappreciated. Robert Duvall plays an interesting character who pleads not to have his life ruined (but watch the opening scenes closely to see just what he does to someone else's livelihood). Lee J. Cobb gives his usual strong performance as a guy who leads a wild bunch but gave up being wild long ago. I've read many of the reviews on imdb concerning this western, & I have to conclude that only a few writers have understood it well. It's about good & evil, yes, but who is good & who is evil? Does "good" have to be 100% good & does "evil" have to be 100% evil? Obviously not, & that's what this film is about. And towards the very end of the film, just when we think we've figured out who is "mostly good" & who is "mostly evil" we find that even then we may be mistaken. Throughout the film, it seems easy to understand Burt Lancaster's character, because he's so "black & white" & so one dimensional. That's what makes the ending so shocking & so thought provoking: we find out we didn't know Sheriff Maddox (Lancaster) at all, we just thought we did. And aren't appearances deceiving? When I watched it on DVD, "Lawman" caused quite an extended discussion amongst viewers following the film's conclusion, mostly about "Just what happened there?!" That's the sign of an outstanding film, so I rate it 9/10.

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