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Bad Company (1972)

PG | | Drama, Western | 8 October 1972 (USA)
A god-fearing Ohio boy dodging the Civil War draft arrives in Jefferson City where he joins up with a hardscrabble group of like runaways heading west.

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A group of naive boys find that life as desperadoes in the west is more serious that they understood when they embark on abortive careers in bushwhacking. Violence, betrayal, sombre colours and a Beckettsian whimsy mark this ironic western. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Would I like to get my hands on the son of a ..... who told me to go west.

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According to Jeff Bridges the gunfight in the forest had to be completely re shot after the film was ruined in the lab. See more »

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Jake praises Loney for suggesting they rob the stagecoach, but it is his brother Jim Bob who made the comment. See more »

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Big Joe: [to the runaways] Goodbye, boys. Just think of us as some terrible nightmare that came and went. By nightfall you'll forget we were ever here.
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Referenced in Murphy Brown: Bad Company (1995) See more »

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the best of the west
3 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

They unabashedly emulate and hold up western, and adult, behavior, for all to see and as boys they have a lot to learn, and as moviegoers, so do we. In this perfect film the boys hold up a mirror to the world, and our preconceived notions, about the west, what it is to be a man, and in doing so, truly show us the way as they try to find their's. They practically play at cowboys for us, until the real big bad world comes along and smashes in, with violence, a stark world around them and for us the viewers, our ideas about our past. And this is where the real story is. The lead actor Barry Brown as Drew Dixon brought this film to what most consider it's art-like appeal. His performance is haunting, beautiful, and unforgettable. Without him, there's no film, in my opinion. His foil is aggravating, oafish, Jeff Bridges who a fan of his, will appreciate, as he gets the boys time and time again into trouble none of them asked for. Young John Savage is there, rightly brilliant as usual, playing an evil snake in the grass. None of the characters are without pathos, redeeming factors, and a likability. The entire cast, named and unmentioned here, are perfectly cast and no bit routines are allowed, each with private identities enriching the story. This movie leaves me haunted and it is still the finest, and best of it's kind.


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