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J.W. Coop (1971)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Western  |  1 January 1972 (USA)
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After losing eight years 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 ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
J.W. Coop
Jim Sawyer
R.L. Armstrong ...
Tooter Watson
John Crawford ...
Wade Crosby ...
Billy Sol Gibbs
Marjorie Durant ...
Big Marge (as Marjorie Durant Dye)
Paul Harper ...
Warden Morgan
Son Hooker ...
Motorcycle Cop
Richard Kennedy ...
Diesel Tanker Driver
Larry Mahan ...
Mary-Robin Redd ...
Bonnie May
Dennis Reiners ...
Billy Hawkins


After losing eight years 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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Drama | Western

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Rated PG-13 for some sensuality, language and brief violence | See all certifications »




Release Date:

1 January 1972 (USA)  »

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Der Cowboy  »

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The opening scenes of J.W. Coop walking out of prison were shot in McAlester, OK. The whitewashed large gate is the entrance to the rodeo arena of the Oklahoma State Prison. Where he gets on a bus with his gear is across the street from the main entrance to the prison. Also, several more shots were in the downtown part of McAlester on Main Street. See more »


When the motorcycle cop pulls J. W. Coop over and asks him what is the year of the car he is driving, Coop replies that is a 1949. The car is actually a 1951 Hudson. See more »

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A minor masterpiece...
28 May 2000 | by (the lower depths) – See all my reviews

Cliff Robertson has always been one of the hugely underrated actors of stage, TV & film. Anyone who saw his original performance in Days of Wine & Roses on Playhouse 90(with Piper Laurie) or saw him doing Tennessee Williams on Broadway knows that this is someone who for whatever reasons missed out on the major stardom that was his natural due. J.W. Coop is one more surprise from Mr. Robertson. This movie is the closest approximation I've ever seen on the screen to a Hemingway story. It's full of the rich true details of place and incident, and the aching pain of the fighter/cowboy/soldier/man rubbing up against life, trying to make some kind of mark, some kind of sense, before his end comes, & it always comes too soon for these guys.

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