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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ace Bonner
Elvira Bonner
Buck Roan
Curly Bonner
Ruth Bonner
Red Terwiliger (as William McKinney)
Sandra Deel ...
Nurse Arlis
Homer Rutledge (as Donald Barry)
Charles H. Gray ...
Burt (as Charles Gray)
Matthew Peckinpah ...
Tim Bonner
Sundown Spencer ...
Nick Bonner
Rita Garrison ...


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 »


Drama | Western


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Release Date:

2 August 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Šampion rodea  »

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Box Office


$3,200,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Gene Hackman was originally going to play the Joe Don Baker role, but Steve Mcqueen wouldn't agree to his salary demands and vetoed the casting. See more »


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


Curly Bonner: 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.
Curly Bonner: What road? I mean, I'm workin' on my first million, and you're still workin' on eight seconds.
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Bound to Be Back Again
Words and Music by Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter
Sung by Alex Taylor
Courtesy of Capricorn Records
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Tells the mythical tale of a dying breed--the American cowboy
30 July 2004 | by (Houston) – See all my reviews

I cannot believe this movie is not rated higher. It should be in the Top 250 IMDB movies. I guess most viewers are not really into sociology.

This movie is about telling the tale of a dying breed--the cowboy, and it is about a man who is chasing a disappearing lifestyle.

This movie is about folklore, about the American traditions. I realize that the mass media has wiped out our past; thanks to them we are in a sense, "tabula rasa."

We have forgotten our past. And the media recreates it for us.

Thank goodness for movies like Junior Bonner. They keep the past alive for us. This movie is like an oral storyteller sitting around the fire 10 thousand years ago, telling the tribe the myths of their ancestors.

Long live Junior Bonner!

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