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Bad Company (1972)

 -  Drama | Western  -  8 October 1972 (USA)
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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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Drama | Western

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The classic rock band Bad Company named itself after this film. When Paul Rodgers (ex-Free) formed a band with Mick Ralphs (ex Mott the Hoople) in 1973, the first public warm up gigs were in Germany. Just prior to the gig they saw the film. When asked what the band was called, they remembered the poster, and adopted the name. 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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[Drew and Jake are about to enter a life of crime... ]
Jake Rumsey: Say, how'd that Jane Eyre turn out?
Drew Dixon: Fine. Just fine.
[to bank patrons]
Drew Dixon: Stick 'em up.
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Underrated and shamefully neglected
26 January 2002 | by (North Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

Another reviewer said that this film has been widely ignored and that is a crying shame. I've only seen the once in ten years, it's not on tv/satellite and is unavailable on video in the UK.

But I never forget watching it and being capitivated by its charm and depiction of the real, sometimes very brutal West (I cannot forget one of the young gang getting shot for stealing a chicken). The two leads are excellent, perfectly balancing the other, Bridges as the streetwise tearaway and Brown (RIP) as the well educated, mother's boy lead astray after dodging the draft (Vietnam echoes?).

The final scene is a gem as the two partners, shaped by their experiences in a lawless West, turn to crime.


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