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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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Nurse Arlis
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Homer Rutledge (as Donald Barry)
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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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"Tell 'em Junior sent you" 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 »

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The wet spot on junior's mom's shirt after she comes into the house from the garden. See more »

Quotes

Nurse Arlis: [Ace checks himself out of the hospital] You just can't walk out of here!
Ace Bonner: You see my feet on the floor, don't you Arlis? Now watch my legs make 'em move.
Nurse Arlis: But you're not well enough.
Ace Bonner: Oh, I'm heaven bound, sweetheart, but not today.
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Soundtracks

Rodeo Man
Words and Music by Rod Hart
Sung by Rod Hart
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Violently quiet
27 October 2002 | by (Lynden, Washington) – See all my reviews

Steve McQueen is my favorite actor. Bullitt is my favorite McQueen movie, but Junior Bonner is my favorite McQueen character. McQueen, as usual (and this is what makes him great), communicates more with silence than in delivering a line. The violence of the rodeo is juxtaposed against one man's unwillingness to let go of a lifestyle that is obviously coming to an end. The open west is giving way to trailers, his parents are separating forever, and his home has become a place for strangers. Junior is aging as an athlete, and as a-no-longer- young man. Even his Cadillac is on the downward side of a once successful career. The split screens and slow motion are interesting without being intrusive. This movie is about the triumph of a man who stays true to his own values, regardless of how irrelevant his environment may soon become. One man CAN make a difference. Steve McQueen was always that one man.


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