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Junior Bonner (1972)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Western  -  2 August 1972 (USA)
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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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Cast

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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
Mary Murphy ...
Ruth Bonner
Bill McKinney ...
Red Terwiliger (as William McKinney)
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Sandra Deel ...
Nurse Arlis
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Homer Rutledge (as Donald Barry)
Charles H. Gray ...
Burt (as Charles Gray)
Matthew Peckinpah ...
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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Comedy | Drama | Western

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Trivia

Ida Lupino hired Sam Peckinpah to work on her series Mr. Adams and Eve (1957) after she found him living in a shack behind her property. He paid her back by casting her in this film some years later. See more »

Goofs

When Ace and junior are sharing a bottle of whiskey the bottle jumps from Aces' right hand to his left between shots. See more »

Quotes

Elvira Bonner: As far as I'm concerned, you can go to hell or Australia, but not with me!
Ace Bonner: Well, they're both down under.
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Referenced in Death Proof (2007) See more »

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Rodeo Man
Words and Music by Rod Hart
Sung by Rod Hart
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First rate character study, superbly acted.
17 October 2001 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

Sam Peckinpah is usually stereotyped as a director who is mainly concerned with violence and confrontation. This is only part of the picture. If you look past the violence of 'The Wild Bunch' you'll see a movie concerned with old age, loyalty and changing values. 'Straw Dogs' deals with masculinity and ethics. 'Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia' contains a vivid picture of traditional Mexican culture confronted with modern America's greed and corruption. These sub-texts and themes are often overlooked because of the blood and gore.

'Junior Bonner' leaves out the gore, and what happens? Peckinpah detractors who criticise the aforementioned movies ignore it and dismiss it as "slow" and "boring"! It is anything but. 'Junior Bonner' is a thoughtful character study of an aging rodeo performer (Steve McQueen at his best) and his relationship with his estranged family (veterans Ida Lupino and Robert Preston and character actor legend Joe Don Baker - all first rate). It moves at its own pace, which will alienate the MTV-generation, but anyone with a love of good movies will be fascinated. 'Junior Bonner' may not be as widely discussed as Peckinpah's more controversial efforts, but it's just as good in its own way, and shows once again, that he was one of THE greats of American cinema. Don't overlook this one!


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