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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Did You Know?
According to Marshall Terrill's biography of Steve McQueen
: "The closest McQueen ever got to a bull was one called Docile Sunshine, who was fun, playful, and even kid-friendly. McQueen was not allowed to get near Evil Sunshine, who was the meanest, craziest, bull on the planet." As a prank between shots, McQueen thought it would be funny to release Evil Sunshine into the bull ring. People climbed over each other to get out. The bull destroyed an expensive 35mm camera. See more
The wet spot on junior's mom's shirt after she comes into the house from the garden. 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.
Words and Music by Rod Hart
Sung by Rod Hart See more