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The working title of the film was The Law Man. The picture was shot on location in Durango, Mexico, according to Filmfacts. According to a March 1971 Daily Variety item, United Artists, in the hope of getting a GP rating in the United States following the film's London opening, planned to alter the violent ending of Lawman, substituting other footage shot by British director Michael Winner. According to Filmfacts, Lawman had initially been given an R rating; however, according to MPAA records, when the film was released in the U.S., it had a rating of GP. Modern sources add Tina Carter and Lance Hool to the cast. Lawman marked the first American film directed by Winner.