The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  18 December 1972 (USA)
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A no account outlaw establishes his own particular brand of law and order and builds a town on the edges of civilization in this farcical western. With the aid of an old law text and ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Combs ...
Fred Brookfield ...
Bennie E. Dobbins ...
Outlaw (as Ben Dobbins)
Outlaw (as Dick Farnsworth)
Leroy Johnson ...
Outlaw (as LeRoy Johnson)
Fred Krone ...
Terry Leonard ...
Dean Smith ...
Margo Epper ...
Jeannie Epper ...
Stephanie Epper ...
Maria Elena
Barbara J. Longo ...
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A no account outlaw establishes his own particular brand of law and order and builds a town on the edges of civilization in this farcical western. With the aid of an old law text and unpredictable notions Roy Bean distinguishes between lawbreakers and lawgivers by way of his pistols. Written by Keith Loh <>

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Steve Kanaly and Victoria Principal who both debuted in this film also starred together in the Dallas (1978) television series. Don Starr, who played the theatre manager, also appeared regularly throughout the series as oil baron Jordan Lee. See more »


When Judge Roy Bean goes out to the front of the courthouse to apologize to the women for calling them "whores", he takes his hat off and holds it against his chest. In the next shot, his hat is still in his hand. It subsequently returns to his head. See more »


[Bean has just shot a man for shooting a picture of Lily Langtry]
Judge Roy Bean: Justifiable homicide.
[Goes through the man's pockets]
Judge Roy Bean: I fine this man, uh, $50 for disturbing the peace and $10 for lying around.
Nick the Grub (Jackson gang: [Bean has shot Bad Bob from ambush with a buffalo rifle] Damn, Judge! You shot him in the back!
Whorehouse Lucky Jim (Jackson gang: Appears like he shot him in the back and the front! Judge, you didn't give him no chance!
Judge Roy Bean: He'd didn't deserve a chance. If he wanted a chance; he should have gone somewhere else.
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Marmalade, Molasses and Honey
Lyrics by Marilyn Bergman and Alan Bergman
Music by Maurice Jarre
Sung by Andy Williams
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a flawed masterpiece
27 September 1998 | by (Ellicott City, MD) – See all my reviews

This underrated/underseen Huston film is definitely worth a look. Newman is wonderful as Roy Bean, and the large supporting cast is amazing, especially Anthony Perkins as a travelling padre, Stacy Keach as Bad Bob, Roddy McDowell as a wormy lawyer, Ned Beatty as the outlaw who'd rather be a bartender, and John Huston himself as Grizzly Adams. This is not a perfect picture at all. It falls apart by the last third or so, has a terrible day-for-night process shot that doesn't really work, and a unnecessary and embarrassing "raindrops keep falling on my head"-type musical montage, but the rest of it is great fun. This is the crazy kind of script Milius used to write in the 70s, like Apocalypse Now and especially 1941. The tone is very odd, but if you like your comedy dark and your westerns satirical you'll find lots to like about this one. A very broad and dark performance by Newman, who manages to find the pathos and integrity of this western charicature. It's a nice companion/contrast to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Kind of what Rami must have been going for in The Quick and the Dead (minus the Spaghetti Western style), and the examination of the mythic hero that Roderiguez tried for in Desperado, but much better achieved by Huston (duh). Fun stuff.

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