The Kentuckian (1955)

The Kentuckian
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Director: Burt Lancaster
Actors: Burt Lancaster, Walter Matthau, John Carradine, Rhys Williams, John McIntire, John Litel, Una Merkel, Dianne Foster, Diana Lynn, Edward Norris

Burt Lancaster both directed and starred in this tale of a Kentucky woodsman who dreams of settling in the west. Big Eli sets off for Texas along with his son and dog, but along the way he finds more adventure, danger and romance than he imagined possible. Among the people he encounters are an indentured servant girl trying to free herself from the nasty barman who "owns" her; an attractive small-town schoolteacher who temporarily diverts Eli from his journey; and several backwoods villains.

Status: Normal
Run time: 104mins
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Member Reviews (8)

A bad man very capable with a whip, a riverboat man, a soothsayer, two women yearning for a man from Kentucky, a young Burt Lancaster, as the Kentuckian, with his son wants to leave Kentucky for a new life in Texas and does with one of the two women. The DVD is in superb widescreen colour and CinemaScope and the film picks up interest toward the last fifteen minutes with a confrontational bullwhip scene that is well staged and effective.
Posted Thursday, 26 April 2012 See my other reviews
Gordon E.
Posted Tuesday, 25 March 2008 See my other reviews
Ian G.
Good movie with picturesque scenery.
Posted Thursday, 5 July 2007 See my other reviews
Barbara M.
Not one of Burt Lancasters best, but still worth watching. This is when Walter Matthau made his first screen appearance.
Posted Thursday, 5 July 2007 See my other reviews
Janet B.
Very likeable movie.a predictable plot with some diversions along the way which made up the whole film.good olde time cast.a plot probably based on early American history,hence the fair dose of fights and guns,some great scenery and background music.A comfortable couple of hours entertainment,a rest from todays smart sharp films.
Posted Monday, 29 January 2007 See my other reviews
John R.
Posted Thursday, 22 September 2005 See my other reviews
Helene Carozzi
A good story that has aged and seems to reflect the values of the 60's rather than those of the frontier time.
Posted Friday, 17 December 2004 See my other reviews
Pauline Clarke
Typical Burt Lancaster. Great relaxing viewing.
Posted Friday, 3 December 2004 See my other reviews
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