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Junior Bonner (1972)

PG | | Drama, Western | 2 August 1972 (USA)
Ace Bonner returns to Arizona several years after he abandoned his family, Junior Bonner is a wild young man. Against the typical rodeo championship, family drama erupts.

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Ace Bonner
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Elvira Bonner
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Buck Roan
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Curly Bonner
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Charmagne
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Ruth Bonner
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Red Terwiliger (as William McKinney)
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Del
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Nurse Arlis
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Homer Rutledge (as Donald Barry)
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Burt (as Charles Gray)
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Tim Bonner
Sundown Spencer ...
Nick Bonner
Rita Garrison ...
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A week with Junior Bonner, a rodeo pro on the wrong side of 40, broke, bruised, and headed into Prescott, his home town, for the annual 4th of July Frontier Days. His dad, Ace, is a dissolute dreamer fixed on finding gold in Australia; his mom is resigned to Ace's roving; his brother Curly is tearing up the countryside to make a million in real estate. Junior just wants to stay on a bucking Brahma for eight seconds, hang out with Ace, find a way to spend time with a beautiful woman whose eyes catch his, and earn enough to get to next week's rodeo. As the old West and its code give way to progress, Junior is lonesome, laconic, and on the road - just where he wants to be. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Steve McQueen going down his own road, tougher than ever, as "Junior Bonner" See more »

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Drama | Western

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2 August 1972 (USA)  »

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Šampion rodea  »

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$3,200,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

This rodeo movie features cast member Ben Johnson who was a rodeo performer before entering films. See more »

Goofs

During Junior's last bull ride, one of the shots shows him riding a different (smaller) bull. See more »

Quotes

Ace Bonner: By hook or by crook, I'm goin' to Australia.
Elvira Bonner: Well, you always were good at puttin' distance between us.
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Referenced in Death Proof (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Arizona Morning
Words and Music by Rod Hart
Sung by Rod Hart
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A gem of a film
25 August 2002 | by (Colorado) – See all my reviews

I grew up with these people, and watched, with them, the end of the mythic West and the beginning of traffic-clogged urban West. When Junior watches the bulldozers flattening the old ranch, I can empathise completely.

This is a melancholy film, superbly acted (everyone was completely authentic in the movie), and a tragic document of the West as it once was, when there were stll heroic bull riders and classic vistas unpolluted by smog.


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