A Dozen Screen Essentials From Elmore Leonard

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A true giant of American letters, famed for his crackling dialogue and hard ass heroes, Elmore Leonard's career on both the page and screen spanned decades and with his passing today we take a moment to look back over a selection of his key appearances on the big screen. though Leonard is known to the current generation of film fans thanks to famous fans like Quentin Tarantino it should come as no surprise that he has long drawn the attention of rebels, mavericks, and legendary tough guys on the screen.

Lenard's work was first adapted for the big screen with 1957 effort The Tall T, a western from director Budd Boetticher who was himself Oscar nominated as a writer in 1951 for Bullfighter And The Lady. Randolph Scott stars in the story of a cowboy kidnapped along with an heiress and held for ransom.

Though largely forgotten at this point, The Tall T is well regarded by those who remember it and as the starting point for Leonard's work on screen it merits a fresh look.

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  • Tom

    I did not need to see Burt Reynolds' pubes. Thank you, Twitch.

  • Hurray!

  • Great choices! And, though it's made for the small screen, JUSTIFIED is a marvelous powder-keg that explodes thanks to its exploration of characters who could only have been created by Elmore Leonard.

  • Thanks! though I'd been sort-of aware of it, it was pretty amazing to see the lineup of talent that wanted to work with Leonard all collected in one place as I wrote this. He obviously had the respect and admiration of some pretty huge talents ...

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