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Lonely Are the Brave

Lonely_are_the_brave1962 Universal - International promo photo  from "Lonely Are the Brave"  with Kirk Douglas as Jack Burns on "Whiskey" -  on the west bank of the Rio Grande overlooking Albuquerque.   Movie poster:  Screenplay by Dalton Trumbo.  Directed by David Miller.  produced by Edward Lewis.  Based in the novel byEdward Abbey - who has a cameo role in the film.  Coco Douglas_and_whiskey_on_the_rio_grande


Green Dragon

The poster shown is Australian, and is known as a Daybill. I have also seen and obtained a Mexican, Spanish, French, Belgian, British and Italian version of the poster, each unique to its nation of origin. The translated titles vary a lot also; the French "Seuls sont les indomites," the Italian "Solo Sotto La Stella" (Alone Under the Stars), and the Spanish "Los Valiente andan Solos".

Also, Dalton Trumbo's screenplay for Lonely are the Brave, an adaptation of Abbey's "The Brave Cowboy" (1956) was only his second under his own name after ten years of ghost-writing while blacklisted for refusing to rat on his friends to Tailgunner Joe McCarthy's House Unamerican Afairs Committee (staffed by Bobby Kennedy). His first post-blacklist screenplay? Spartacus! "I am Spartacus."


I’m glad some one has also seen lonely are the brave. I think I actually moved back to Duke City NM because of this movie. Which character in the movie is Abbey?


Abbey plays a deputy in a splitsecond scene - drinking a coke, young and beardless, by the jeep at the base of the mountain.



Ron Benedict

I'm looking for a copy or a print of the picture in the bar (I always understood it to be "The Cowboy's Dream"), at which John W. Burns salutes with his beer mug. Email me at [email protected] if you have any information which might lead me to my goal.

Greg Bishop

Are there photos/info in or near Albuquerque (libraries, museums) on "Lonely Are The Brave"? There is scant (detailed) information online.

Lonely Are The Brave was Kirk Douglas' favorite movie. There is a fascinating interview on YouTube with Mr. Douglas (HIS idea) discussing (AKA) "The Brave Cowboy", given not too long ago. I wrote to him today thanking him for this movie, and telling him how much it's meant to me.

I'm planning a spring trip to visit my brother in Rio Rancho, and at the top of my list is to try to find some of the exterior filming locales, especially where Jack and Whiskey start their ill-fated trek up the mountain.

I first saw the movie in 1963 as a seventeen year-old kid. Maybe I'm just self-protective, but if I had it to do over again I'd stop watching after he crests the mountain, and just wonder what ever happened to the two of them.

Greg Bishop Los Alamitos CA [email protected]

Hills Snyder

Glad to find some other lovers of this film. Just in case you're through San Antonio this summer: Opening July 2, 2009, Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, San Antonio, TX,
Lonely Are The Brave, featuring artists Jesse Amado, Justin Boyd, Kelly O'Connor and Chris Sauter. The exhibition takes its title from the 1962 film which was based on the Edward Abbey novel, The Brave Cowboy. Screenplay by Dalton Trumbo. These artists might be said to collectively cut fences. (meanwhile, Duchamp's urinal is relentless on 18 wheels...)Contact the Blue Star 210.227.6960.

Lili Barsha

My grandfather, Leon Barsha, was the film editor of Lonely are the Brave. Kirk Douglas said it was his favorite film. I love it too. ~ Lili Barsha

Lili Barsha

... and I grew up in Albuquerque overlooking the Rio Grande.


see trivia and locations at

Daniel bein

It doesn't look like Abbey as the coke drinking deputy. Does anyone know if he actually appeared in this film? I can't find him anywhere.


I'm certain it is him as I read about the scene somewhere. I suggest you find a picture of him without his beard to compare. He suggested to the director that he toss the bottle.

Daniel bein

I've seen a few pics of him as a young man, these guys just don't look right to me. But I'll look again. I wish I could find something official on that, such as where you read it. Thanks, though.


His appearance in the film is mentioned in James M. Cahalan's Edward Abbey: A Life.

"Ed was broke when they paid a Hollywood scriptwriter a fortune and shot the film outside of Albuquerque and generously gave Ed a job as an extra." (William Eastlake, "A Note on Ed Abbey" in Hepworth and McNammee, eds., Resist Much, Obey Little (1996) 16.)

I can't find my copy of that book but it's there I believe I read about Abbey as the coke bottle tossing extra in that jeep scene.

Daniel bein

i read the cahalan book recently. it says that abbey's scene was at the end. he and john depuy were two deputies at the final highway scene, but they were removed from the film, so he didn't even get to remain in the movie, which is pretty lame.

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