The Lonely Man

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Released 1957

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Director:
Henry Levin
Released:
1957
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The Lonely Man is a classic tale of love, death and redemption in the old west. Jacob Wade (Jack Palance) is an aging gunslinger who travels back to the home he left 17 years ago in search of his wife and son. He finds his son Riley (Anthony Perkins) in a saloon getting drunk. Jacob offers Riley a drink and quietly says: "I'm your father." With these words, the intense emotional conflict that is the main theme of this movie begins. Riley is tormented by his father's desertion and, even more, by his mother's subsequent suicide. He has no job, no friends and no meaning in his life. He agrees to go away with his father only because he wants to serve as a constant reminder of the pain Jacob has caused. The two head for Jacob's house where Ada (Elaine Aiken), the woman Jacob loves, has been living and managing the ranch. Riley's anger and resentment is now aimed at Ada as well as Jacob. Slowly the barriers come down and Riley is able let go of his demons. Meanwhile, Jacob must also face old enemies led by Fisher (Neville Brand), a man he nearly killed who is now out for bloody revenge. Jacob's fate will depend on the strength of his new-found relationship with Riley and on his skill with a gun.moreless
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