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BONE TOMAHAWK – In Cinemas Friday – Top 10 Lawmen portrayed in film

17 February 2016

When a group of cannibal savages kidnaps settlers from the small town of Bright Hope, an unlikely team of gunslingers, led by Sheriff Franklin Hunt (Kurt Russell), sets out to bring them home. But their enemy is more ruthless than anyone could have imagined, putting their mission – and survival itself – in serious jeopardy.

BONE TOMAHAWK is a gritty, unpredictable, action-packed Western chronicling a terrifying rescue mission. The directorial debut of acclaimed author S.Craig Zahler, who also wrote the screenplay, it features an all-star cast including Kurt Russell (The Hateful Eight, Tombstone), Patrick Wilson (Insidious, Fargo Season 2), Matthew Fox (Lost, Emperor) and Emmy award-winner Richard Jenkins (The Visitor, Olive Kitteridge).

To celebrate the release, The Fan Carpet take a look at our Top 10 Lawmen seen in Cinema...




Sheriff Ed Tom Bell (No Country For Old Men)
Tommy Lee Jones plays a character that only he could play; this intense portrayal of a truly old school lawman perfectly juxtaposes Javier Bardem’s new breed of antagonist.




Sheriff “Little” Bill Daggett (Unforgiven)
This true relic of the Old West earned Gene Hackman an Oscar for his portrayal of the hardened, amoral Sheriff determined to keep his town trouble free at any cost.




Sheriff John T. Chance (Rio Bravo)
Consistently rated as one of the greatest western’s of all time, in no small part down to John Wayne’s superb portrayal of this aging Sheriff who may no longer be as fast on the draw, but still remains as smart and gutsy as any of John Wayne’s other iconic western characters.




Deputy Sheriff Walt Coogan (Coogan’s Bluff)
A controversial film at the time for its high level of violence, but Eastwood’s macho portrayal of Walt Coogan would act as a prototype for the legendary titular character of the ‘Dirty Harry’ films.




Sheriff Franklin Hunt (Bone Tomahawk)
Kurt Russell seems to excel when it comes to action movies, just watch ‘The Thing’ and ‘Big Trouble in Little China’. However Russell’s portrayal in ‘Bone Tomahawk’ is more than of just an all action lawman, he expertly leads his men through a future cult classic laden with gore, well crafted dialogue, and homages to the westerns of old.




Sheriff Hoyt (Texas Chainsaw Massacre)
R Lee Ermey’s character is a lawman in truly the thinnest sense of the word, his uniform acting purely as a ‘guise in which to aid his adopted family in their malevolent activities.




Sheriff Teasle (Rambo: First Blood)
John Rambo’s antagonist as played by Brian Dennethy is the redneck, control freak who is more than willing to abuse his power to keep ‘undesirables’ out of his town.




Sheriff Bart (Blazing Saddles)
Cleavon Little plays the unlikely Sheriff in Mel Brooks fantastic send-up of the Western genre. Richard Pryor was Brooks’ original choice, but fans of the film would surely agree that there was no one who could have played the role better than Little himself.




Deputy US Marshal Reuben Cogburn (True Grit)
Both John Wayne and Jeff Bridges won the academy award for best actor in their role as Rooster Cogburn. Certainly one of the most iconic film characters of all time, Cogburns character is everything we want to see when we sit down and watch a Western.




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