A crotchety old ranch owner fights to be able to live his life the way he wants to, and not the way other people--and the law--tell him he has to.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
John McCanless
Amanda McCanless
Jimmy Whittaker
Sheriff Pippin
Barton Whittaker
Sheriff Hart
Christopher Dark ...
Card Dealer
Farm Woman
Old Indian
Grotch (as James Lydon)
Larry D. Mann ...


A crotchety old ranch owner fights to be able to live his life the way he wants to, and not the way other people--and the law--tell him he has to.

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Release Date:

22 June 1971 (USA)  »

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Cowboy John  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)



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2.35 : 1
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Very, very funny movie!
19 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

Scandalous John is one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. The crazy adventures that John McCanless lives with his ranch worker Paco while taking John's only cow to sell it and get money to save his home are hilarious.

Brian Keith is terrific as the loud and unpredectible John McCanless. This movie is the story of Don Quixote set in the early 1970's of the American West, with John McCanless has the crazy Don Quixote and Alfonso Arau has his sidekick Paco Martínez. If you want to see a great comedy and have a great time, watch Scandalous John.

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