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
When Junior knocks Curly through the window into the house the table lamp on the left goes out (inexplicably). Seconds later, when Mrs Bonner is standing in front of it, it is lit again. See more
Junior, you're my brother, and I guess I love you. Well, we're family. I don't care what you do. You can sell one lot or a hundred lots. I'm just tryin' to keep us together.
Junior 'JR' Bonner
I gotta go down my own road.
What road? I mean, I'm workin' on my first million, and you're still workin' on eight seconds.
References The Wild Bunch
Bound to Be Back Again
Words and Music by Dennis Lambert
and Brian Potter
Sung by Alex Taylor
Courtesy of Capricorn Records See more