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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?

Richard Jordan also starred with Burt Lancaster in the western Valdez Is Coming (1971) which was released the same year.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 »
Vincent Bronson, Town Boss:We buried brother Jacob here. I had a brother Aaron beside him. They had enough of guns and killing. The dead don't have much.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Death Wish (1974)See more »


Why does Maddox kill Hurd Price
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43 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
Most Underrated Film I've Ever Seen, 12 June 2006
Author: matthewd-9 from United States

It's crazy the way some films get labeled "brilliant" while others get ignored just because of bad timing or poor studio backing or any # of things.

I'm not a fan of Westerns. I don't consider this a Western. I consider it a wonderfully written, directed, and acted work of art.

Gerald Wilson's script, and its interpretation by the three leads, is so skillful that it functions almost as a poem on the themes of "man," "animal," "law," and euphemism.

Micheal Winner's direction is beyond good. Every cut--early on he uses many overlays, then as the film builds he uses jarring smash cuts--is breathtaking in its thoughtfulness and thematic effect. And he knows when to lay off the music. An eerily quiet early showdown scene with Burt Lancaster, Albert Salmi, and Richard Jordan (with Robert Ryan in the background) is probably the most creative and effective such scene I've ever witnessed, Leone notwithstanding.

Then there's the acting. Lancaster is THE great underrated American actor, and it's because so many of his best performances came after he'd turned 50. I truly think this is his best. He says so much with his eyes, and especially with a tiny flutter or break in his voice. The range he achieves within this supposedly rigid character is phenomenal. From the knockout first scene between him and Ryan, to the touching scenes between him and Sheree North--you'll never see a sadder face than his when North gets out of the bed--to the scene by the river with Jordan, he creates a full character simply by being a great actor. No gimmicks or wackiness. He just out-acts anyone on the screen today.

Ryan equals Burt's performance. This is the best of the ten or so Ryan performances I've seen. Like Lancaster as he aged, Ryan is unafraid to play an aging, weakening character. Seeing him come to life briefly when he takes on a "Bronson man" is thrilling.

Lee J. Cobb has less to do but does a heck of a lot with it. The supporting actors are, to a person, superb. But special kudos must go to Richard Jordan.

This is a film that challenges the macho stereotype and finds it wanting. Lancaster's character offers a complex alternative. An absolute must-see. Tremendous script, unparalleled acting, superb directing. Oh, and the locations are just breathtaking. It's criminal that there's no true widescreen of Lawman available. Anyway, SEE IT.

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