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The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)

In Vinegaroon, Texas, former outlaw Roy Bean appoints himself the judge for the region and dispenses his brand of justice as he sees fit.

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Outlaw
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Outlaw
Fred Brookfield ...
Outlaw
Bennie E. Dobbins ...
Outlaw (as Ben Dobbins)
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Outlaw (as Dick Farnsworth)
Leroy Johnson ...
Outlaw (as LeRoy Johnson)
Fred Krone ...
Outlaw
Terry Leonard ...
Outlaw
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Outlaw
Margo Epper ...
Whore
Jeannie Epper ...
Whore
Stephanie Epper ...
Whore
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Barbara J. Longo ...
Fat Lady
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Storyline

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 <loh@sfu.ca>

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6 December 1972 (Italy)  »

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El juez del patíbulo  »

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Trivia

Jacqueline Bisset's last name is misspelled in the credits. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Maria Elena: Shame on you Judge! Quarreling with a bear!
Judge Roy Bean: Did you see what he did to Miss Lily? He defiled her. He licked her dear face. Breathed on her with his beer-fouled breath. Oh!
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Connections

Featured in Legends of the West (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Marmalade, Molasses and Honey
Lyrics by Marilyn Bergman and Alan Bergman
Music by Maurice Jarre
Sung by Andy Williams
[The song is played as background to the montage with Judge Bean, Maria Elena and the Watch Bear immediately after the bear's arrival in town]
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Maybe Paul Newman's most underrated role!
26 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What a movie! I think it's important to give a bit of back story on my viewing of this film before I comment on what I liked about it. I walked into this movie with absolutely no expectations. My father had rented this movie and as he often does with older movies acted like it was pure gold. Now my fathers taste in movies is radically different from mine and often I don't think the movies he really likes are anything more than just light hearted fun. There's nothing wrong with this of course, but I was expecting more of the same for this film.

Boy was I wrong.

Yes it is a fun movie, a very slapstick tongue in cheek event, but the movie reeks of intentional spoofing and jokes consisting of winks and nods. If I were to compare it's humor, or more aptly its character, I would have to say it reminds one of the set up from Arrested Development. It will take multiple viewings in order to fully appreciate everything, funny or not, that is taking place on screen at any one time.

Paul Newman is in rare form in this movie as he plays a character very NON Paul Newmanish. HE sports a beard throughout the movie which helps with the illusion but his gruff voice and vocabulary really stand out as a fine approach to a character.

This movie is very good, a real gem that has gone un seen by many.


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