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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

[Billy picks up a gunbelt]
Billy: Well, I guess if I am going to be wanted man, I might as well wear this.
Will Brocious: Every well-dressed bad man does, Billy.
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Early Jack
28 September 2008 | by ctomvelu-1See all my reviews

The only reason to see BROKEN LAND, a low-rent western from 1962, is for a young Jack Nicholson as a hot head who tangles with a small town's evil sheriff and then teams up with two other men and a "wayward" woman who also have run afoul of the sheriff. Shot in Arizona, the film looks pretty good for a DeLuxe color print job, but the acting and dialogue are absolutely atrocious. Nicholson at least stands out with his toothy grin and hambone delivery. Apparently, Burt Reynoldsa was originally cast in the Nicholson role, not that that would have helped this turkey. All the cowpokes are laughably clean shaven with 1950s-style hairdos. The "wayward" woman of the film looks like someone's grandma in a bad wig. The entire cast consists of maybe 12 people. It is a very small town, obviously. My best guess is this was shot to fill out the bottom half of a movie bill, as it barely runs 70 minutes. Any kid watching this in a theater or drive-in must have been ready to jump off a bridge long before its short running time was played out.


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