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
Steve McQueen going down his own road, tougher than ever, as "Junior Bonner"
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About 20 minutes into the movie, Junior is drinking a beer at the bar. Just before he walks over to the booth to talk with Buck, Homer offers to buy him another beer, Junior tells him to leave it on the bar, and then Junior walks to the booth. We see Del, the bartender, put the beer on the bar, next to another beer, but we see Junior carrying his first beer with him. See more
[Ace checks himself out of the hospital
You just can't walk out of here!
You see my feet on the floor, don't you Arlis? Now watch my legs make 'em move.
But you're not well enough.
Oh, I'm heaven bound, sweetheart, but not today.
Referenced in Death Proof
Bound to Be Back Again
Words and Music by Dennis Lambert
and Brian Potter
Sung by Alex Taylor
Courtesy of Capricorn Records See more