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Jeb Rosebrook (written by)
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Release Date:
2 August 1972 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
"Tell 'em Junior sent you" See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins See more »
User Reviews:
"There's One of Him, and One of Me--" See more (51 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Steve McQueen ... Junior 'JR' Bonner

Robert Preston ... Ace Bonner

Ida Lupino ... Elvira Bonner

Ben Johnson ... Buck Roan

Joe Don Baker ... Curly Bonner

Barbara Leigh ... Charmagne
Mary Murphy ... Ruth Bonner
Bill McKinney ... Red Terwiliger (as William McKinney)

Dub Taylor ... Del
Sandra Deel ... Nurse Arlis

Don 'Red' Barry ... Homer Rutledge (as Donald Barry)
Charles H. Gray ... Burt (as Charles Gray)
Matthew Peckinpah ... Tim Bonner
Sundown Spencer ... Nick Bonner
Rita Garrison ... Flashie
Roxanne Knight ... Merla Twine
Sandra Pew ... Janene Twine
William E. Pierce ... Rodeo official
P.K. Strong ... Dudettes member
Toby Michaels ... Dudettes member (as Toby Sargent)
Bonnie Clausing ... Dudettes member
Francesca Jarvis ... Rodeo secretary
George Weintraub ... George
June Simpson ... Barmaid
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lynette Carrington ... Young Girl at Parade (uncredited)
James M. George ... Indian (uncredited)
Rod Hart ... (uncredited)
Wayne McLaren ... (uncredited)
Johnnie Mullens ... (uncredited)

Sam Peckinpah ... Man in Palace Bar (uncredited)
Sharon Peckinpah ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Casey Tibbs ... Parade Grand Marshal (uncredited)

Directed by
Sam Peckinpah 
 
Writing credits
Jeb Rosebrook (written by)

Produced by
Mickey Borofsky .... associate producer
Joe Wizan .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jerry Fielding 
 
Cinematography by
Lucien Ballard (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Frank Santillo 
Robert L. Wolfe  (as Robert Wolfe)
 
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
 
Art Direction by
Ted Haworth  (as Edward S. Haworth)
 
Set Decoration by
Angelo P. Graham  (as Angelo Graham)
Jerry Wunderlich  (as Gerald F. Wunderlich)
 
Makeup Department
Lynn Del Kail .... hair stylist
Donald W. Roberson .... makeup artist
William Turner .... makeup artist (as William P. Turner)
 
Production Management
James C. Pratt .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Newt Arnold .... assistant director
Frank Baur .... assistant director
Malcolm R. Harding .... assistant director
Frank Kowalski .... second unit director
Gene Marum .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Michael Messinger .... second assistant director (uncredited)
William F. Sheehan .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Robert J. Visciglia Sr. .... property master (as Robert J. Visciglia)
Glen Cooper .... stand-by painter (uncredited)
John Lester Hallett .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Richard Dean Rankin .... construction foreman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Larry Hooberry .... sound
Richard Portman .... sound re-recording mixer
Charles M. Wilborn .... sound mixer
Larry Hooberry .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Michael J. Kohut .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Bud Hulburd .... special effects
 
Stunts
Mickey Gilbert .... stunt coordinator (as R. Michael Gilbert)
Phoebe Noel .... stunts
Denny Arnold .... stunts (uncredited)
Floyd Baze .... stunt double (uncredited)
Tommy Mack Turvey .... stunts (uncredited)
Autry Ward .... stunts (uncredited)
Steve Ward .... stunts (uncredited)
Troy Ward .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bill Avery .... still photographer (as William Avery)
Joseph Edesa .... gaffer
Gaylin P. Schultz .... key grip
Hilton Anderson .... grip (uncredited)
Chuck Arnold .... camera operator (uncredited)
Mike Berlin .... lamp operator (uncredited)
James F. Boyle .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Alex Edesa .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Paul Grosso .... generator operator (uncredited)
Norman Harris .... best boy (uncredited)
Clyde Hart .... grip (uncredited)
Walter Nichols .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Marvin Palenske .... generator operator (uncredited)
Paul M. Pollard .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Karl Reed .... grip (uncredited)
George Ressler .... best boy grip (uncredited)
Bernie Schwartz .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Byron White .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Robert Willoughby .... special still photographer (uncredited)
Harry Young .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eddie Armand .... costumes
Pat Barto .... wardrobe: women (as Pat I. Barto)
James M. George .... wardrobe: men
 
Editorial Department
Milan Klein .... assistant film editor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Craig Pinkard .... transportation co-captain (uncredited)
James Thornsberry .... transportation captain (uncredited)
 
Other crew
John Franco .... script supervisor
Chalo González .... location assistant (as Chalo Gonzalez)
Raymond Green .... assistant to producer
Betty Gumm .... assistant to producer (as Betty J. Gumm)
Katherine Haber .... assistant to producer (as Katy Haber)
Kenneth Lee .... ramrod (as Kenneth W. Lee)
Sharon Peckinpah .... dialogue
Casey Tibbs .... rodeo coordinator
Dorothy Whitney .... production secretary
Duncan Daneault .... timekeeper (uncredited)
Frank Kowalski .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
Elias Rivera .... craft service (uncredited)
Dominic Santarone .... caterer (uncredited)
Ruth Santarone .... caterer (uncredited)
Ruth West .... location auditor (uncredited)
 
Thanks
William E. Pierce .... thanks (as William Pierce)
 

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100 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Death Proof (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
Rodeo ManSee more »

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25 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
"There's One of Him, and One of Me--", 27 January 2002
Author: jhclues from Salem, Oregon

The true individual will carve out a niche for himself in life, and gravitate toward those endeavors or communities most conducive to maintaining that autonomy which is to that person, all important. For some, it can be a life's work, the occupation of seeking out and accepting whatever challenge will take them down their own road. And who could better personify such a man than Steve McQueen, who plays the title role in `Junior Bonner,' director Sam Peckinpah's character study of a man so determined to live life on his own terms that the only challenge that means anything to him is the one he makes with himself. When Junior says, `Rodeo time, I gotta get it on down the road,' it's his way of saying, `Life awaits.' His life; and he's working it in such a way that whenever he gets to the end, he's going to be able to look back and say unequivocally, `I did it my way.' That's the challenge. That's Junior Bonner.

He's been a rodeo cowboy most of his life; a former champion-- like his dad, Ace Bonner (Robert Preston)-- he's worn out and weary, but not down. The glory days may be behind him, but that's not what it was ever all about anyway, at least not for Junior. And who he is and what he's all about becomes perfectly clear when the circuit takes him back home to Prescott, Arizona, for a Fourth of July show. When he hits town, Junior approaches Buck Roan, the man who owns the rodeo stock and will be overseeing the draw for the bull ride; Junior wants to ride Sunshine, the meanest, toughest bull in the bunch, and he's willing to pay for the privilege-- he'll pay to ride the very bull that most cowboys would pay to stay off of. But the way Junior puts it, `There's one of him, and one of me. I need it--'

In the meantime, Junior reconnects with his family: Ace, who is still looking for that gold ring, living on the memories of his forty plus years riding the rodeo, and dreaming of a new start in Australia; Elvira (Ida Lupino), his mom, who has long suffered Ace's fantasies; and his brother, Curley (Joe Don Baker), a successful entrepreneur who wants Junior to hang up the rodeo and come to work for him selling mobile homes-- which he has to know is never going to happen. The difference between Curley and Junior, in fact, is summed up when Curley says to him, `I'm working on my first million, you're still working on eight seconds...'

Stylistically rendered, Peckinpah's film is affecting, and at times almost disarmingly sincere. Junior's relationship with Ace, for example, is so subtly underscored with honesty that it rings true-to-life and gives a perspective to both characters that is contextually invaluable. The way Peckinpah presents it is definitive, as is the way in which Junior relates to Elvira, Curley, and even the rodeo itself. It's Peckinpah's way of examining the individualist, beginning with the outstanding screenplay by Jeb Rosebrook, then by setting a perfect pace and utilizing some imaginative split-screen photography and slow motion shots to great effect. And, as with all of Peckinpah's films, there's a sense of violence-- understated here, less pronounced than that of say, `The Wild Bunch'-- but present, nevertheless; you can feel it, lying just beneath the surface of all that's happening, but definitely there. You can see it in the confrontation between the cowboys and the bulls they ride; in the way Junior lives his life, that constant challenge of man against beast or against nature; or in the bulldozers razing an old ranch house, grinding down the old and weak in favor of the new and the strong. It's pure Peckinpah, and it's brilliant filmmaking.

Tough, adamant, iconoclastic; Steve McQueen was the perfect choice for the role of Junior. One of the most underrated actors ever, he has a daunting magnetism and a commanding screen presence that allows him to dominate any scene if he so chooses, and he doesn't have to be the guy doing the talking to do it. Consider his scenes with Preston; Ace may have the lines, but your attention is drawn to and focused on Junior. And everything McQueen does tells you something about who Junior is, from the way he walks-- has he spent a lifetime astride broncos and bulls? You bet-- to the way his hat sits on his head. It's the kind of natural and detailed performance that sets McQueen apart, and looking back on this character, and on his whole body of work, you can say without hesitation that he did it his way. This is one gifted, singular actor who never gives less than 110%. And there will never be another like him.

Preston, too, is memorable as Ace, a man who, if not larger than life himself, has dreams that are. You can tell Junior is cut from the same cloth, though Ace still thinks there's going to be gold for the taking around the next bend, if only he can get there. Junior, though, has been there and knows there's nothing around that bend but the next rodeo-- which for him is enough. The biggest difference between them is the fact that Ace still seems to have the need to prove himself to the world, while Junior has nothing to prove to anyone but himself. There's something of `The Music Man's' Prof. Harold Hill in Ace, but overall Ace is unique, and Preston plays him to perfection.

An absorbing drama that captures a sense of time and place that no longer seems to exist, `Junior Bonner' is a glimpse at a dying breed, the individual who takes life head-on without trying to put a spin or a `politically correct' perspective on it. Like Junior said, `There's one of him, and one of me.' And that about sums it up. It's the magic of the movies. 10/10.







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