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The Broken Land (1962)

Approved | | Western | 1 April 1962 (USA)
A cowboy rides into a small town that is ruled with an iron fist by a corrupt Sheriff. He becomes involved with a pretty young town girl and some residents who are trying to oust the ... See full summary »

Director:

John A. Bushelman (as John Bushelman)

Writer:

Edward J. Lakso (as Edward Lakso)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kent Taylor ... Marshal Jim Cogan
Diana Darrin ... Mavera
Jody McCrea ... Deputy Ed Flynn
Robert Sampson ... Dave Dunson
Jack Nicholson ... Will Brocious
Gary Sneed Gary Sneed ... Billy
Don Orlando Don Orlando ... Frenchy Douchette
Helen Joseph Helen Joseph ... Ruth Flynn
H. Tom Cain H. Tom Cain ... Mr. Flynn
Robert Hinkle Robert Hinkle ... Dave
Bob Pollard Bob Pollard
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A cowboy rides into a small town that is ruled with an iron fist by a corrupt Sheriff. He becomes involved with a pretty young town girl and some residents who are trying to oust the Sheriff, resulting in a robbery, a murder, and his being pursued by a vengeful posse. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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For The Fast Gun...For a Sheriff's Badge This Was The Land of Reckoning!

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vanishing Frontier See more »

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Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Burt Reynolds was originally cast to play Will Brocious. See more »

Quotes

Mavera: How long will he hold you?
Will Brocious: It's hard to tell. He's got a real bad case... like none I've ever seen.
Mavera: A case of what?
Will Brocious: I call it blood hunger. It eats away at a man's guts and it don't matter what side of the law he's on.
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Tail End of the Western Cycle it Manages to be Short and Succinct
18 April 2015 | by LeonLouisRicciSee all my reviews

To Put it in Perspective, Anthony Mann and Budd Boetticher put a "New Face" on the Western in the 1950's and Sam Peckinpah put an Amen to it with Ride the High Country (1962) and then Reincarnated the "New" Western with The Wild Bunch (1969). Peckinpah, it Could be Said, Ended the New Wave of Westerns and Started the New New Wave of Westerns. No Mean Feat.

While Hardly in the Mann/Boetticher/Peckinpah Camp, This Little Movie is Indeed a Bit Different from Standard Stuff in its Introspection of Some Off Beat Characters that Include a Brutal Dictatorial Sheriff, a Dim-Witted Likable Stiff, a Good Hearted Drifter, and Jack Nicholson as a Slightly Miscast Bad/Good Guy. Diana Darin is the Damaged Goods still Managing to Look Good and Emote Kindness.

Overall, Worth a Watch for Early Nicholson, a Good but Short Story, and Some Colorful Cinemascope Landscapes.


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