The Lawless

Synopsis: Former big city newsman Larry Wilder is tired of fighting the powers that be and just wants to enjoy his new life as a small-town newspaper editor. He thinks his bucolic new home will provide him with an easy and unconflicted life. But when a young Latino farmworker is goaded into a fight by racist rich boys, Wilder finds himself the only white citizen of the town willing to stand up for the boy's rights. He joins with Sunny Garcia, a staffer for a small weekly newspaper for the Hispanic workers, in trying to see justice done and possibly to save a life.
Director(s): Joseph Losey
Production: Maverick Entertainment Group
  1 nomination.
83 min

Drewit... you wanna work tonight, tomorrow?

- Yes.

- OK.

How about you, Jackson?

There must be an easier way

to make a living.

There is... for Anglos.

- Lopez!

- No sir.

Some of them aren't good either.

Which of these three?

And besides... what more do you want?

6 bits an hour,

and all the tomatoes you can eat!

Yeah, when you get tired of tomatoes,

there's pears.

When you get a bellyfull of pears,

there's grapes.

Chavez! Rodriguez!

I need some more help for tonight

and tomorrow... How about you two?

I have to get home.

How about you, Rodriguez?

Ill give you time-and-a-half.

No thanks. Tonight's Saturday.

Yeah, and tomorrow's Sunday...

These tomatoes have gotta be moved!

Okay so you're in a hurry

to get tanked up.

Beat it!

Lazy good-for-nothin's!

C'mon Lopo, you know

what kind of a guy he is.

Two bucks a head and you can't

do a thing with 'em!

You know, I'd like to have

about 40 acres along this road!

Maybe 20 would be enough.

So you plant tomatoes.

No... peaches!

You'd have to pick 'em!

Oh, I wouldn't mind.

So long as they were mine.

Boy! That would be living!

Rows and rows of peach trees,

with the fruit getting ripe!

Your own ditch to swim in.

It doesn't take much

to make you happy.

Field with a few trees in it...

hunk of sky...

Do you need anything more than that?

Yeah, at least what I had in the army.

When you were in,

you used to beef plenty.

You and my brother, both.

You guys couldn't get back to it

quick enough.

I guess I forgot what I was

coming back to.

There's a lot of worse places

than this town to come back to.

Every time I cross this bridge

it does something to me

and says... like it wasn't real.

Like it was someplace else.

Like something out of a book...

or a dream.

Yeah... that's the trouble.

In the army, this is what I remembered.

I forgot how quick

you got across that bridge.

Cross the tracks to Sleepy Hollow.

Didn't you see the sign?

Or can't you read English?

I'm sorry, I wasn't watching the road.

Oh, you weren't?

Let's see your licence!

Looks like you got the worst of it.

I'll say I did!

C'mon, let's see your licence!

You haven't got one!

You cholos are all alike!

No licence... no brakes... no...

Alright... break it up!

Break it up!

Do you want me to run you in?

Alright... now what's this all about?

He busted through a STOP sign into my car.

- And who started the fight?

- He did!

- Sure I did!

- We don't like to be called cholos!

Oh, so that's it? Get going.

Wait a minute!...

Who's gonna pay for my car?

Insurance company.

Name is Chavez.

713 Santa Fe Ave.

That's right... OK...

c'mon Joe...

Maybe we'll see you again.

How about it?

Did you jump the STOP sign?

Yeah... we were talking.

That'll cost you 5 bucks.

You boys ought to know better

than to get into fights.

My tie rod is bent.

Is it OK if I leave the car here?

I'll have someone pick it up tonight.

We'll push it over to the curb.


C'mon, let's catch a bus.

I'll see you later!

Cmo ests Lopo?

Cmo ests yourself.

Say, how about it?

Are you going to the dance tonight?

Yes, but we have to finish this job.

Well don't forget to wash your face!

I won't if you won't!

You mean I'm dirty?

It's good clean dirt!

Save me a dance!

I will... if you're not too late.


Hello, Pop!

"Pop"... always it is "Pop" no matter

how many times I tell you.

You're late, Pablito.

Lopo ran through a STOP sign

and smashed into another car.

There was a fight.

That Lopo! Ever since the army,

he's fighting.

I fought too...

They called us dirty names.

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Daniel Mainwaring

Daniel Mainwaring (July 22, 1902 – January 31, 1977) was an American novelist and screenwriter. more…

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