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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
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[Bean has just shot a man for shooting a picture of Lily Langtry]
Judge Roy Bean:
[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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A timeless treasure by one of Hollywood's greatest directors
The late 60's and early 70's produced several great comedic westerns i.e. Cheyenne Social Club, Dirty Dingus McGee, Great Scout, The Rounders, Evil Roy Slade, Support Your Local etc. The list goes on and on. Those movies were all great, but pretty much one dimensional and set the tone for some collective disappointment over the content of Judge Roy Bean. There are some great hilarious moments in this film and I never really got it until recently. It's actually a love story, and a comedy as well as John Huston's own statement about the retreating old west. If you view it in that context you'll be very impressed. If you're looking for pure comedy you may find that it drags in moments. However, this is the last time you'll get to see Paul Newman with that devilish Eddie Felson/Ben Quick light in his eyes, he was made for the part as a self-appointed and self-styled Judge/philosopher that dispenses justice to just about everyone that wanders through his town whether they deserve it or not. And Judge Bean also showcases IMO the best villian of all time in Bad Bob, a murderous long haired psychotic albino come to lay ole' Beano to rest. Victoria Principal is so cute you just want to, well you'll see. Anyway, it's very funny but it is a love story. I found that rather distraction 30 years ago but I didn't get it. Well worth a watch. 9/10
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