There Was a Crooked Man...
An honorable and tough-as-nails warden of an Old West jail sets out to reform his prisoners.
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- ORIGINAL ASPECT RATIO - 2.35:1
- Rated: R
- Run Time: 2 hours, 3 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Released: January 26, 2021
- Originally Released: 1970
- Label: Warner Archives
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Kirk Douglas, Henry Fonda, Hume Cronyn, Warren Oates & Burgess Meredith|
|Performer:||Michael Blodgett, John Randolph, Arthur O'Connell & Martin Gabel|
|Directed by||Joseph L. Mankiewicz|
|Edited by||Gene Milford|
|Screenwriting by||David Newman|
|Composition by||Charles Strouse|
|Art Direction by||Edward Carrere|
|Produced by||Joseph L. Mankiewicz|
|Director of Photography:||Harry Stradling, Jr.|
There was a Crooked Man is a cynical tale of greed whose cynicism is buried in heavy handed direction and slap-dash construction. Full Review
Rating: 3/4 -- ...a solid little Western that's worth a look if only for its refreshingly cynical sensibilities. Full Review
Reel Film Reviews
Rating: C+ -- Fails to deliver on a promising story. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Rating: 4/5 -- O senso de humor do filme desarma de maneira brilhante o espectador, pegando-o completamente de surpresa com o cinismo de seu terceiro ato.
Cinema em Cena
Technically, the film is near perfect, reminding us how good a Hollywood programmer can be, even at an inflated cost of seven million dollars. Full Review
Los Angeles Free Press
If smart callousness, moral indifference and violence on the rockpile are what you are looking for, at least this ex- ample is rather conspicuously well acted. Full Review
Description by OLDIES.com:
Arizona Territorial Prison inmate Paris Pitman, Jr. (Kirk Douglas) is a schemer, a charmer and quite popular among his fellow convicts – especially with $500,000 in stolen loot hidden away and a plan to escape and recover it. New warden Woodward Lopeman (Henry Fonda) has other ideas about Pitman. Each man will have the tables turned on him.
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