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The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)

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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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
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

Judge Roy Bean was one of Paul Newman's favorite roles. See more »

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When Bean regains consciousness in the alley behind the theater, he pushes over a modern, round, galvanized garbage can. See more »

Quotes

Judge Roy Bean: [Bean apologizes to the marshals' wives] I understand you have taken exception to my calling you whores. I'm sorry. I apologize. I ask you to note that I did not call you callous-ass strumpets, fornicatresses, or low-born gutter sluts. But I did say "whores." No escaping that. And for that slip of the tongue, I apologize.
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Referenced in The Sopranos: Live Free or Die (2006) See more »

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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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offbeat, quirky, enthralling
27 March 2000 | by See all my reviews

Truly an unusual film which defies categorization as myth, comedy, western, satire, or morality tale. Perhaps it's a synthesis of all of these. It should be pointed out that Roy Bean was an actual historical personage, but I have no idea how much of this story is rooted in the facts (somehow I suspect, not very much). Newman's portrayal of this thoroughly eccentric and morally confusing bandit-cum-lawman is thoroughly engrossing. The musical numbers by - of all people - Maurice Jarre are painfully superfluous, and Jacqueline Bissett is miscast as Bean's daughter (I mean, the accent - puhleeeez!). Also the business with the bear is a bit tedious, whether based in fact or not. Still, there is great work from Huston, Ned Beatty, Tony Perkins, and Roddy McDowell (Ava Gardner just doesn't have enough to do to make much of an impression). This colorfully offbeat effort from John Huston, who could never make a completely bad movie, is a personal favorite and is well worth watching.


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