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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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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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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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Dez Segundos de Perigo  »

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$3,200,000 (estimated)
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Tiffany Bolling was cast in the film but had to drop out when she developed pneumonia. See more »

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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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Arizona Morning
Words and Music by Rod Hart
Sung by Rod Hart
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A subtle, modern western
13 September 2005 | by (Saffron Walden, UK) – See all my reviews

'Junior Bonner' was made in 1972 and set in a then contemporary Arizona; but in many ways, it is a true western. The real subject of most westerns was not cowboys and injuns, but the passing of an era; and in this film, about a star rodeo rider, this is typified by the contrast between his father (a man for whom the skills of the ring were also the stuff of everyday life) and his (prescient) brother Curly, hustling for his first million by selling real estate to easterners with no feel for the land. Director Sam Peckinpah is best known for excessive movies like 'The Wild Bunch', but here he plays a surprisingly restrained hand, and the film has a low key, believable feel. As often, Steve MacQueen (who plays the eponymous hero) doesn't really appear to be acting, but simply fits into his role. One thing that's interesting is how far away, to a modern audience, the world portrayed seems, now that the Curlys of this world have transformed the western states into America's fastest growing suburbs; and certain incidental details particularly bring this home: Junior enjoying a relaxing beer while driving, or even the fact that the leading character is called J.R. and his mother Ellie (dating the film to an era before 'Dallas'). In fact, as westerns go, this one is unusually subtle and unromantic; but now seems as historical as any drama set on the frontiers of a hundred years before.


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