The Resurrection of Broncho Billy (1970)

 |  Western, Short  |  11 June 1970 (USA)
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The story of a young man (Johnny Crawford) who dreams of being a cowboy in the old west, but lives in a big city in present time.



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Cast overview:
Kristin Harmon ...
The Girl (as Kristin Nelson)
Voice Over
Voice Over
Wild Bill Tucker ...
Old Timer
Ray Montgomery ...
Store Owner
Merry Scanlon ...
Counter Girl
Nancy Wible ...
Lee Hammerschmitt ...
Billy Lechner ...
Business Man
Robert Courtleigh ...
Henry S. Schley ...
John Dunwoody ...
Big Thug
Steve Crumm ...
2nd Thug
Two Bits ...


The story of a young man (Johnny Crawford) who dreams of being a cowboy in the old west, but lives in a big city in present time.

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The Academy Award Winning sepia-toned tribute to the Old West and Western films


Western | Short





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11 June 1970 (USA)  »

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$2,500 (estimated)

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Poignant portrait...
8 February 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

*** Spoilers*** Caught this one when PBS ran a series in the late '70's focusing on Academy Award-winning shorts. THE RESURRECTION OF BRONCO BILLY paints a poignant portrait of a lonely young man whose wistful daydreams slam head-on into harsh reality. His room is wall-papered with western posters; he imagines himself (while standing on a street corner waiting for a light to change) facing off against another gunslinger (they walk toward one another when the light changes, in classic gunfighter fashion- and then abruptly brush past each other); in the final scene, he is soundly beaten by bullies... but has a final fade-out fantasy of himself as a gallant horseman sweeping a beautiful damsel off her feet. Outstanding even among an entire series of Academy Award-winners, THE RESURRECTION OF BRONCO BILLY is the kind of short aspiring filmmakers should seek out and study.

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