With Burt Lancaster, Lee J. Cobb, Robert Ryan, Robert Duvall, Ralph Waite, Richard Jordan, J. D. Cannon, Joseph Wiseman, John McGiver, Wilford Brimley, Tina Carter, Jacqueline Evans, Conrad Hool, Lance Hool, Laila Novak, Sheree North, Albert Salmi, William Watson, Walter Brooke, Robert Emhardt
Lawman is a 1971 American Western film starring Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan, Lee J. Cobb, and Robert Duvall.
The film is about the quest of a lone peace officer, Marshal Jared Maddox, to bring several men to justice. It was written by Gerry Wilson and directed by Michael Winner.
Its hero and the motives of the other characters are not as defined or clear-cut as in some Westerns. Cobb's character, Vincent Bronson, is not a typically evil cattle baron but is portrayed with a sense of humanity. The marshal and the guilty men nevertheless come to a series of deadly confrontations. Maddox can be seen as an anti-hero dedicated to upholding the law regardless of any extraneous code of honor, or any personal happiness. The plot generates questions regarding honor and under what circumstances murder becomes legal.