'The Scorpio File' 1973, 'Ulzana's Raid' 1972, 'Lawman' 1971, 'Valdez Is Coming 1971, 'Castle Keep' 1969. This is Burt Lancaster! The epitomes of his acting. The typical and highest examples of his performance & quality. And this is what he does best & he represents: the cool, the stoic, the solitaire, the fearless against all odds. Unfortunately, what falls short for the most part is the script. Not his fault. 3,5.
Burt Lancaster personifies Law here as if he were a Greek Erynie and he is not laughing. Mitigating circumstances don't belong to his vocabulary. 'Lawman' is the American answer to the European parodic and comic westerns that were invading the screens then. Without any doubt, one of the best westerns of the 70's. Highly recommended.
Solid late period western about a determined lawman committed to bringing back a group of men to stand trial for the murder (manslaughter really) of an old man. Lancaster is reliable here as the aging lawman but the film does have some excellent supporting turns especially Robert Ryan and Sheree North. The film is well paced even if the ending doesn't quite ring true.