Lawman is a 1971 Western which seems at first to be trite and predictable, then strays into some complicated character development.

Burt Lancaster plays a straight-laced sheriff whose town was shot up by some drunken cowhands and their rancher boss. In the melee, an old man was killed. Lancaster identifies the cowmen, then heads off to their county, determined to bring them back to stand trial. When he arrives in their jurisdiction, he finds that the town is "owned" by the ranch's owner.

Up to that point, it's just the usual Western set-up, but it gets complicated by several unusual details:

  • The shooting back in Lancaster's town was an accident.
  • Everyone in town considers the rancher to be their benefactor. Their town is quiet, prosperous, and crime-free.
  • The rancher turns out to be a decent and reasonable man. He's willing to make more than generous restitution for the property damage and to take care of the family of the deceased.
  • The group of cowhands includes a couple of hotheads, but also includes a few sensible men who want to reach a conclusion amenable to all.
  • Even if Lancaster brings the men back for a trial, the rancher can easily afford to buy off the local circuit judge, so the cynical Lancaster knows full well that he's just following the law because it is the law, and not because anything positive will be accomplished by his actions.

It would have worked out better for the rancher if he had been a ruthless man. Because he tried to approach the situation with reason and compassion and negotiation, he lost control of his gang, and they panicked or lost their composure and went out one-by-one after Lancaster. Needless to say, square-jawed Burt easily bested them in single combat. If they had simply waited at the ranch for Lancaster to come for them, as she said he would, they could easily have dispatched him to Boot Hill.

Lancaster finds that he is unpopular not only with the accused men, but with the entire town, so the film's finale boils down to Lancaster standing in the street alone, facing down the last members of the gang, surrounded by armed townspeople who plan to pick him off if all else fails.

Just before the showdown, Lancaster thinks the whole mess through and tells the local sheriff he's walking away and resigning, and he's going to let the rest of the accused men go free, because there's just been too much tragedy over too small a cause, but as he tries to leave town, the rancher and his men and the townsfolk won't let him just walk away. Because the rancher and his men wouldn't let Lancaster walk away from the violence when he wanted to, they all ended up dead. All they had to do was shrug their shoulders, count their blessings for his change of heart, and get on with their lives

When the locals insist on pressing the showdown, Lancaster loses his cool completely, and eventually even betrays his own code by shooting an unarmed man in the back, completely unnecessarily. He then rides out of town having accomplished virtually nothing, leaving behind a bunch of grieving widows, and all over a matter which could have been resolved peacefully by a man willing to bend a bit. In addition to the harm Lancaster does to the rancher's town, he also fails his own town, which could have received some excellent compensation from the rich cattleman if only Lancaster had been willing to negotiate and compromise. Because he follows the inflexibly straight path, his town ends up with nothing.

In other words, there were plenty of chances for the parties on both sides to compromise and stop the bloodshed, but stubborn machismo ended up driving them to tragedy.

While Lawman isn't quite a complete reversal of the old-time Hollywood Western, it certainly has enough revisionist elements to qualify as an anti-Western alongside the works of Sam Peckinpah. In a sense, it is a difficult story to watch, because it doesn't give the audience a character to identify with. Watching this film, one doesn't know whether to pull for Lancaster or not, because he's nothing but a cold, efficient killer, even though he does technically have right on his side. Lancaster is honest, brave and completely incorruptible, and all of that is admirable, but on the other hand his black-and-white view of the world proves insufficiently sophisticated to produce the optimal result. Similarly, the rancher could have simply gone back to the other town and bribed the local judge when Lancaster first came for him, and then later in the story his men could have let Lancaster ride out of town, but in both cases they chose instead to provoke a conflict. The townspeople were painted in similar shades of gray, and their group offered no sympathetic character.

Perhaps because there's no character to identify with and perhaps because the film is such an unremitting downer, Lawman has been largely forgotten by history, but it deserves better based on its complex characters and situations. It's the kind of film that provokes debate and discussion in apres-cinema deconstruction chats, the kind of morally complex and thought-provoking cinema that seems to be disappearing from studio films.

High C on our scale, almost a C+. It's not an all-time classic Western, but it's close, and some genre fans do consider it a classic, albeit a forgotten one.

6.6 at IMDb, about the same from the top 1000 voters.

Sheree North


NOTE: the following frames do NOT appear in the region one DVD version of the film. I don't know if they are from an uncensored version of the film or from a magazine pictorial.



* Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe).

* White asterisk: expanded format.

* Blue asterisk: not mine.

No asterisk: it probably sucks.


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Capone (1975) is a Roger Corman exploitation biopic of Capone's rise to power in Chicago and his prohibition years. Although the exploitation advertising touted it as "finally, the truth about Capone," it is not particularly factual. It does have the St. Valentine's Day Massacre on the correct date, and has him dying of syphilis.

As in many Corman films, there is a lot of real talent, including Ben Gazzara in the title role, Harry Guardino, John Cassavetes, Frank Campanella, Susan Blakely, and Sylvester Stallone in an early performance as Frank Nitty. The film mainly consists of arguments over how to run the organization, gun flights, car bombings, and corrupt officials, interrupted by the occasional tender or humorous moment between Capone and Blakely's character, Iris.

I found it a quick watch, and thought some of the cinematography was outstanding, but none of that above is important. What is important here is the nudity. Susan Blakely does an open crotch shot in clear light. This is believed to be the first such shot in an American mainstream film, and the only one until Sharon Stone's famous interrogation in Basic Instinct. Unlike Stone, Blakely never claimed she didn't know what would be shown. Problem is, it wasn't shown in most versions of the film.

The film is a C as a good example of how to make a slick low budget exploitation film. The rare nudity makes it a must own now that Susan Blakely's nude scene is available uncut from a US source on DVD. now carries a Region 2 PAL with English, German and Spanish Audio choices, and subtitles in English, German, Spanish, Swedish, Danish, Finish and Norwegian.

Get purchase info by clicking on the image below.

Capone - uncut and uncensored

Scoop's note: props to RLDVDs on this one. We told him he needed to find uncensored DVDs of Capone and Cat Chaser, and he found Capone not long after. I hope he has some luck with Cat Chaser!



Susan Blakely.


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Golden Temple Amazons

Today the Time Machine lands in 1986 for a rather obscure flick.

Analia Ivars plays the jungle girl who cavorts around with her breasts exposed during the whole movie. She winds up as a "Babe in Bondage."



Alicia Principe with some luscious full frontal nudity, this is a body to die for.

She also winds up as a "Babe in Bondage" and meets a gruesome end.


Eva Leon shows boobs as the one eyed villain.


And we wrap it up with some topless unknowns.






Notes and collages

The Sensuous Nurse

Continuing on the Bond theme, Luciana Paluzzi was the villainess in Thunderball.








Dead Weekend

Mary (Liane Balaban) is a troubled teenager who gets sexually aroused watching horror movies. She is also narcoleptic.

Breaking her promise not to watch any more horror movies, she goes to watch the latest hit, "The Wisher", and she can't stand the film.

After this people start dying and Mary believes it is all caused by the fictional character of the movie, who came out and is after her.



Melissa Repka








Caps from a "Behind the scenes" DVD accompanying the Greek edition of "Maxim" magazine

Greek model Doukissa

Greek-Philippino model Cherry Alimou

Slovenian model Maria Hlastan

Argentinian model Jimena Fernandez

Greek pop singer Sabrina

Greek ex barwoman, ex big brother player Sissy Giannakopoulou








Breaking and Entering

Set in London, this 2006 drama/romance examines the lives of several people brought together by the misdeeds of one.

Miro, a teen refugee from Sarajevo, breaks into an architect's office not once but twice, stealing computers and other office goodies.

Frustrated with the police's inability to catch the crook, Will (Jude Law), the head of the firm, stakes out the office and spots the teen attempting his third break-in. He chases him off, but is able to follow him home. Then, Will goes to meet Miro's seamstress mother, Amira (Juliette Binoche), on the pretense of needing alterations.

Will is already in a long-term relationship with a Swedish girlfriend who has a 10-year-old daughter who suffers from ADD. Will loves them both very much, but his relationship with the woman has been stormy of late, and he finds himself drawn to Amira. Further complications ensue when Amira discovers that her son has stolen from Will, and hatches a plan to protect her son.

A very good drama made better by outstanding performances. Very interesting.

Juliette Binoche Vera Farmiga






The Pinkstress

Some sweet caps/collages from Dead Red. High Definition of Sienna Miller in Alfie

A photoshoot done by Rhonda Shear ...
... and Monique Gabrielle. Not unexpectedly, Monique provided more explicit nudity than her buddy.