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Release Date:
1 January 1972 (USA) See more »
He rides the suicide circuit. See more »
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Cliff Robertson ... J W Coop

Geraldine Page ... Mama

Cristina Ferrare ... Bean

R.G. Armstrong ... Jim Sawyer
R.L. Armstrong ... Tooter Watson

John Crawford ... Rancher

Wade Crosby ... Billy Sol Gibbs
Marjorie Durant ... Big Marge (as Marjorie Durant Dye)
Paul Harper ... Warden Morgan
Son Hooker ... Motorcycle Cop
Richard Kennedy ... Sheriff

Bruce Kirby ... Diesel Tanker Driver
Larry Mahan ... Himself
Mary-Robin Redd ... Bonnie May (as Mary Robin Redd)
Dennis Reiners ... Billy Hawkins
John Ashby ... Johnny
Kathy Beaudine ... Nymphet Fan
Robert Christensen ... Bobby
Larry Clayman ... Finals Clown
Velma Cooper ... Maylene, girl at taco stand

Sandy Dempsey ... Cabaret Dancer
Myrtis Dightman ... Himself
Quail Dobbs ... Woodlake Clown
Judy Farrell ... Barmaid
Frank Hobbs ... Deacon
Billy Hogue ... Himself
Charles Knapp ... Bar Boss

Jay W. MacIntosh ... Housewife
Jim Madland ... Himself
Bill Martinelli ... Himself
Clyde 'Cisco' Maye ... Himself - Bull Rider

Gus Peters ... Deputy
Beverly Powers ... Dora Mae
Sharron Ray ... Herself
Claude Stroud ... Tiny the Rodeo Manager
Wayne Taylor ... Gas Station Attendant
Augie Vallejo ... Hector, Chico's Tacos Driver
Lex Connelly ... Rodeo Announcer #1
Johnnie Jackson ... Rodeo Announcer #2 Woodlake Rodeo
Mel Lambert ... Rodeo Announcer #3
Clem McSpadden ... Rodeo Announcer #4
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jack Perkins ... Brawler (uncredited)

Directed by
Cliff Robertson 
Writing credits
Cliff Robertson (written by) and
Gary Cartwright (written by) &
Bud Shrake (written by) (as Edwin Shrake)

Produced by
Bruce Graham .... associate producer
Cliff Robertson .... producer
Original Music by
Don Randi 
Louie Shelton 
Cinematography by
Frank Stanley (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Alex Beaton 
Production Management
Philip L. Parslow .... unit production manager
Herb Wallerstein .... production manager (as Herbert Wallerstein)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Philip L. Parslow .... assistant director
Jerry Ziesmer .... second assistant director
Art Department
Ray Mercer Jr. .... propmaster (as Ray Mercer)
Sam Moore .... propmaster
Sound Department
Dick Le Grand .... sound effects (as Dick LeGrand)
Tom Overton .... sound
Bruce Wright .... sound
Special Effects by
Tim Smyth .... special effects
Gary Leffew .... stunt rider
Fred Waugh .... stunt photographer
John Wilson .... stunt rider
John Ashby .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Tommy Mack Turvey .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Adam Holender .... additional photographer (as Adam Hollander)
Ross Lowell .... additional photographer
Cliff Ralke .... camera assistant
Frank Redmond .... camera assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
George Herrington .... costume supervisor
Melodie Wilson .... costume supervisor
Music Department
Stan G. Davis .... music editor (as Stan Davis)
Fred Prior .... music editor
Other crew
Elton MacPherson .... production controller
Margaret Tary .... script supervisor
James Turley .... assistant to producer (as Jim Turley)
Skip Volk .... aerobatics
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"J.W. Coop" - USA (poster title)
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Rated PG-13 for some sensuality, language and brief violence (1996)
112 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | UK:AA | USA:GP (certificate #23117) (original rating) | USA:PG-13 (1996)

Did You Know?

During the National Finals Rodeo sequence when the rodeo announcer is talking, the man with a cowboy hat and blue sport coat on and a blue scarf tie is Clem McSpadden. He was a nephew of Will Rogers and was a longtime Oklahoma State Senator. He was from Claremore, as was Will Rogers. He was also a famed rodeo announcer professionally.See more »
Factual errors: 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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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
inspirational, 15 July 2004
Author: jkholman from Whaleyville, VA

just reading the blurb and knowing that Cliff Robertson was a part of the film was enough for me to know that this was going to be a gem [although Robertson has made some horrible movies]. I got a pal of mine at work to run me a copy [grainy], and it surpassed my expectations. This film increased my resolve to attend rodeo school. Because it was something I always wanted and at forty-one years of age and never having ridden a horse I gave my wife and daughter a kiss and piled in my car for Georgia and the time of my life. Why rodeo? In the words of the author of RODEO: the Suicide Circuit, because it is the last place in these hard times where a man with nothing can meet it head on on his own *#*# terms and maybe do something. JW Coop conveys this perfectly. But this movie is not simply about rodeo. Like the film, the SAND PEBBLES, a man is trying to translate his existence into something meaningful. It is about a nobody going after the only thing in his life that makes sense. Just writing about it gets my blood up.

Some would disagree with the ending, but I can see it no other way. If you want to see a movie about a man going after life this is one film sure to satisfy. I give JW COOP a three star [out of four] and it stands as one of my favorites.

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