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J W Coop (1971)

GP | | Drama, Western | 1 January 1972 (USA)
After losing 9 years 9 months and thirteen days to prison, cowboy J. W. Coop is released to return to life as a professional rodeo cowboy in the 60's. Determined to make up for the lost '... See full summary »

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J W Coop
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Mama
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Bean
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Jim Sawyer
R.L. Armstrong ...
Tooter Watson
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Rancher
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Billy Sol Gibbs
Marjorie Durant ...
Big Marge (as Marjorie Durant Dye)
Paul Harper ...
Warden Morgan
Son Hooker ...
Motorcycle Cop
Richard Kennedy ...
Sheriff
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Diesel Tanker Driver
Larry Mahan ...
Himself
Mary-Robin Redd ...
Bonnie May (as Mary Robin Redd)
Dennis Reiners ...
Billy Hawkins
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After losing 9 years 9 months and thirteen days to prison, cowboy J. W. Coop is released to return to life as a professional rodeo cowboy in the 60's. Determined to make up for the lost 'prime' years of his career, he doggedly goes forward, and learns that not only has the business of rodeo changed during his incarceration but society as a whole has made dramatic changes as well. Written by David Fowler

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He rides the suicide circuit. See more »

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Drama | Western

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1 January 1972 (USA)  »

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In-joke: During the Woodlake Rodeo sequence, the arena announcer refers to one of the cowboys as "Alex Beaton of Burbank, California." Alex Beaton was the film editor for this movie. See more »

Goofs

When JW is sitting on a bull, he is introduced to "Hot Pistol" whomever, and Larry Mahan; he asks for tips on riding the bull, and is told something about "marking him out"; there is no mark out rule in bull riding. See more »

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Robertson shows contemplative skill as a director...and as an actor gives arguably his best performance
17 May 2009 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Cliff Robertson co-wrote, co-produced, directed and stars in this unassuming rodeo drama-cum-character study, a movie he personally financed for distribution through Columbia Pictures by keeping costs down and paying most of his actors scale. It's a handsome, occasionally laconic piece of work, crisp and not dawdling, helped immeasurably by Frank Stanley's sometimes good-sometimes brilliant cinematography. The star of a Texas prison rodeo, having just served 10 years in the jug for writing bad checks, is paroled and hits the rodeo circuit, where he works his way up to second-best cowboy (just behind an airplane-chauffeured hotshot who barely has to break a sweat to be number one). Robertson directs himself very well--it is one of his finest performances--though the same can't be said for many of the supporting players, many of whom are real-life rodeo performers portraying themselves. An air of detached amateurism coats the project, with much of the background and sideline action coming off as needless, over-the-top, or just plain sloppy. Still, when Robertson zeros in on a sequence--such as a rough fist-fight in a men's washroom or an idyllic getaway for Coop and his hippie girlfriend--the results can be stunningly effective. Robertson is contemplative and unafraid to allow curious scenes to run their course; Geraldine Page, as Coop's mother, has just one long sequence that doesn't appear to do much for the picture, yet Robertson finds the rhythm in the dialogue and eventually gets to the meditative payoff. I'm not quite sure what the final scene is meant to say, except that "a loner is a lonely man"...still, the artiness which underlines the film's climax is a bit alienating. It doesn't make for a big night at the movies. ** from ****


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