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Writer:
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:
This film hits close to home See more (51 total) »

Cast

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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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Trivia:
Final film of Mary Murphy.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: About 20 minutes into the movie, Junior is drinking a beer at the bar. Just before he walks over to the booth to talk with Buck, Homer offers to buy him another beer, Junior tells him to leave it on the bar, and then Junior walks to the booth. We see Del, the bartender, put the beer on the bar, next to another beer, but we see Junior carrying his first beer with him.See more »
Quotes:
Junior 'JR' Bonner:That was a nice float you had, Curley.
Curly Bonner:[proudly] Finished second in the commercial division.
Junior 'JR' Bonner:Well, second's better than third.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Death Proof (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
Rodeo ManSee more »

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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
This film hits close to home, 26 January 2005
Author: norm1972_8 from United States

This is one of my favorite films from one of my favorite directors, and starring one of my favorite actors. I saw a lot of parallels to my own life in this film and the road I have chosen for my own life. The simple fact that JR Bonner lives for "the ride" is really what this film is all about. He continues to ride even though he's past his prime, and still acknowledges his father amidst the division he finds upon his return home. His disenchantment with changing times is very evident here, as this part is pure Peckinpah, who lived and thrived in the western genre for most of his filmography. This theme of what the west has become and what it is becoming has been a theme of inspiration for Sam Peckinpah's films throughout his barely twenty year career as a director. The Father/Son relationship between Junior and Ace strikes a chord with me, especially during the cow milking scene when the Bonners lose, and Ace says "We could've won it", and Junior says "We did Ace". It is profound, and gets me to thinking of my own Father, whose Footsteps I walk in and took after even in my Mother's disapproval.

Junior's sole mission in this film is simply to ride "Sunshine", the bull no man ever rode, and his failure to do so continually haunts him, even as he rides the bull and finally succeeds by staying on the bull for the 8 seconds required. His family situation is a backdrop of events leading up to this triumphant moment that motivates him to continue down the road, and follow his own destiny.

The scene between Steve McQueen and Joe Don Baker where Curly (Baker's character) slugs Junior onto the floor of the Palace Bar is a key moment as well. The two are feuding brothers, one becomes a businessman, and destroys the Matriarch of the family's house (Ace Bonner, played wonderfully by Robert Preston). The other (McQueen) follows the path of the Father, not really being around or being there for his family, but wants to. When Curly invites Junior into the real estate business, and Junior refuses lets you know that Junior is his own man. Curly lashes back by saying "I'm working on my first million, and you're still working on 8 seconds". That lets you know who Junior Bonner is, and who he has chosen to be.

Junior has a love for his Father the rest of the family can't understand, he even gives up over half his winnings for riding Sunshine to buy his Dad a plane ticket to Australia to start a sheep farm. This film has a lot of themes in it; changing times, division of family, and dedication to something when you are no longer on top. It is a true interpretation of the life of the rodeo cowboy. It's a shame this film did not do well when it was first released, I guess it was ahead of its time like Sam Peckinpah. I totally recommend this film because it, like The Ballad of Cable Hogue was unexpected and unpredictable, like its maverick director.

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