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The Kentuckian (1955)




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In this western, the recently widowed Burt Lancaster heads towards Texas with his son Donald McDonald. Most of the folks he meets are pretty good souls, despite the raging family feud that motivates the plotline.

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Burt Lancaster
as Elias Wakefield
John McIntire
as Zack Wakefield
Walter Matthau
as Stan Bodine
Una Merkel
as Sophie
Donald MacDonald
as Little Eli
John Litel
as Babson
Rhys Williams
as Constable
Douglas Spencer
as Fromes Brother
Paul Wexler
as Fromes Brother
Whip Wilson
as Frontiersman
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Critic Reviews for The Kentuckian

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4)

The footage is long and often slow, with the really high spots of action rather scattered.

March 18, 2020 | Full Review…

The Kentuckian, though its plot is almost tenuous and its action slight, is a long and ambitious kind of Western.

March 18, 2020 | Full Review…

In general the direction tends to get bogged down in not very interesting characters and relationships while neglecting to deliver the action.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Some outdoor scenes in excellent color and the expanse of CinemaScope give a bit of magnificence to a picture that lacks it in every other way.

March 25, 2006 | Full Review…

An occasionally brutal, but generally plodding western from Lancaster (his first as a director), who fails to pump much life into the anemic script, giving the cast little to do.

March 26, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Burt Lancaster's only effort as solo director is this slow-moving, flat, so-so western.

March 24, 2007 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Kentuckian

It's worth watching just to see Walter Matthau in his film debut as the mean bartender who's a genius with a bullwhip & the scene where he takes on an unarmed Lancaster was the best part of the movie.Other then that, It was just so so

Brody Manson
Brody Manson

Super Reviewer


You have to love Lancaster. He was and will always be a great actor. This one was a little timid but still a great westren.

Barry Lappin
Barry Lappin

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