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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:
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Outlaw
Gary Combs ...
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
Dean Smith ...
Outlaw
Margo Epper ...
Whore
Jeannie Epper ...
Whore
Stephanie Epper ...
Whore
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Maria Elena
Barbara J. Longo ...
Fat Lady
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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 <loh@sfu.ca>

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Judge Roy Bean speaks to Grizzly Adams, he holds his gun over his leg and in front of his chest, in turns with the changes of the camera angle. See more »

Quotes

Tector Crites (Jackson gang: [voice-over] Looking back, we had, in the person of Teddy Roosevelt, the finest President in the history of this country. He had the spirit and determination that matched the times and the land. Then the women got the vote, and everything went to hell. While our boys was overseas fighting the Kaiser, the women got Prohibition put in. Drinking and gambling and whoring were declared unlawful. All those things which come natural to men became crimes.
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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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The revelation here is Victoria Principal, of all things...
21 July 2002 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

This whimsical western is a mixed bag, though I was slightly distracted throughout waiting for the appearance of a young Victoria Principal. Only knowing her "work" from FANTASY ISLAND, DALLAS and EARTHQUAKE, I expected her to be hopelessly flat in the company of higher echelon performers like Paul Newman. Well, was I ever shocked and humbled to note in the closing credits that our Miss P. had slipped right past my poised-to-be-nasty laser vision by slipping seamlessly into the role of Judge Roy Bean's young Mexican mistress. Principal is mellow, charming and realistic in the part, coming across like a more talented Claudia Cardinale. After making a debut like this in a John Huston film....WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED???


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