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The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)

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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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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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18 December 1972 (USA)  »

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El juez del patíbulo  »

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Trivia

Michael Sarrazin's name in the opening credits is listed as "participation". His "participation" in this movie amounts to appearing in a photograph at the end of the movie, portraying the husband of Rose Bean (Jacqueline Bisset). He does not physically appear in the movie. 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] There is nothing worse than a harlot turned respectable. A reformed anything is bad enough, but a reformed harlot is the direct wrath of the Devil. Seems that those who have spent time giving pleasure for profit are all the more zealous when it comes to dealing out misery.
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Referenced in Inglourious Basterds (2009) 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
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For A Hanging Movie, It's A Bit Of A Stretch
28 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wow, what a quirky western. It's almost comic-book-type put-on for most of the film and then it turns into a sad story at the end.

Most of the actors in this star-studded cast are in cameo roles, the best being Stacy Keach's "Bad Bob." He seems to be about everyone's favorite character in this film, and justifiably so.

The storyline: Bean (Newman) almost gets killed visiting this one-horse town out in the middle of lawless El Paso, then gets his revenge on the people who roughed him up, and takes over the town which is really nothing but this one building! He appoints himself judge, obtains a few "marshals," and then brings an assortment of crooks and strange people in to be hanged. It's just one long parade of strange characters, either passing by or hanging around (literally).

There are subplots involving (1) Bean's obsession with the famous Lily Langtree, and (2) what happens when the town grows immensely and things change drastically, such as the people wanting a little bit more of a democracy that what Judge Roy Bean had been offering.

This is an intriguing movie that is hard to define. The major negative to the film was that it got kind of silly and ran out of gas in the last half hour, except for the Langtry storyline. Too bad, because in the end you go away thinking....."Man, I was having so much fun watching this and then........"


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