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Director:
Writers:
John Milius (original screenplay) and
C.L. Sonnichsen (book)
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Release Date:
18 December 1972 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
If this story ain't true... it shoulda been See more »
Plot:
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Texas--as it wishes it was See more (54 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Paul Newman ... Judge Roy Bean

Roy Jenson ... Outlaw
Gary Combs ... Outlaw
Fred Brookfield ... Outlaw
Bennie E. Dobbins ... Outlaw (as Ben Dobbins)

Richard Farnsworth ... 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

Victoria Principal ... Maria Elena
Barbara J. Longo ... Fat Lady

Anthony Perkins ... Reverend LaSalle
Frank Soto ... Mexican Leader

Ned Beatty ... Tector Crites
Jim Burk ... Bart Jackson

Matt Clark ... Nick the Grub
Bill McKinney ... Fermel Parlee

Steve Kanaly ... Whorehouse Lucky Jim
Francesca Jarvis ... Mrs. Jackson
Karen Carr ... Mrs. Grub
Lee Meza ... Mrs. Parlee
Dolores Clark ... Mrs. Whorehouse Jim

Tab Hunter ... Sam Dodd
Neil Summers ... Snake River Rufus Krile
Jack Colvin ... Pimp

John Huston ... Grizzly Adams
Bruno ... Zachary Taylor / Watch Bear
Howard Morton ... Photographist

Stacy Keach ... Bad Bob
Billy Pearson ... Stationmaster

Roddy McDowall ... Frank Gass
Stan Barrett ... Killer
Dean Casper ... Desk Clerk
Don Starr ... Opera House Mgr.
Alfred G. Bosnos ... Opera House Clerk

Anthony Zerbe ... Hustler
John Hudkins ... Man at Stage Door
David Sharpe ... Doctor

Jacqueline Bisset ... Rose Bean

Ava Gardner ... Lily Langtry

Michael Sarrazin ... Rose's Husband
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ken Freehill ... Bedfellow (uncredited)
Mark Headley ... Billy The Kid (uncredited)
Duncan Inches ... Man at Vinegaroon (uncredited)
Rusty Lee ... Tuba Player (uncredited)

Directed by
John Huston 
 
Writing credits
John Milius (original screenplay)

C.L. Sonnichsen  book

Produced by
Frank Caffey .... associate producer
John Foreman .... producer
Paul Newman .... co-executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Maurice Jarre 
 
Cinematography by
Richard Moore (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Hugh S. Fowler 
 
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
 
Art Direction by
Tambi Larsen 
 
Set Decoration by
Robert R. Benton  (as Robert Benton)
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
 
Makeup Department
Jim Markham .... hair consultant: men (as James Markham)
Jane Shugrue .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup creator
Monty Westmore .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Arthur S. Newman Jr. .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mickey McCardle .... assistant director
Gene Marum .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Robert Schultz .... property master
Matty Azzarone .... leadman (uncredited)
Clarence Fay Konkel .... carpenter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Larry Jost .... sound (as Lawrence Jost)
Richard Portman .... dubbing mixer
Keith Stafford .... sound editor
 
Stunts
M. James Arnett .... stunt coordinator (as James Arnett)
Stan Barrett .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Fred Brookfield .... stunts (uncredited)
Jim Burk .... stunts (uncredited)
Alan Gibbs .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Leonard .... stunts (uncredited)
Hal Needham .... stunts (uncredited)
Dean Smith .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Frank Kennedy .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
James Linn .... wardrobe: men (as Jim Linn)
Yvonne Wood .... associate wardrobe designer
 
Editorial Department
Richard Wahrman .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Maurice Jarre .... conductor
Laurindo Almeida .... musician: mandolin (uncredited)
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Hal Blaine .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Harry Bluestone .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Perry Botkin Jr. .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Larry Bunker .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Clare Fischer .... musician: organ (uncredited)
Milt Holland .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
William Kraft .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Richard Nash .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Uan Rasey .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Louie Shelton .... musician: guitar and bass (uncredited)
 
Other crew
John Franco .... script supervisor
Gladys Hill .... assistant: John Huston
Annabelle King .... assistant to producer
Ron Oxley .... animal trainer
Willard B. Scott .... title designer
Ralph Helfer .... animal supervisor: Gentle Jungle (uncredited)
Jack N. Young .... location scout (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
120 min | West Germany:105 min (cut version)
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Color (Technicolor)
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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:
Continuity: 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:
Rev. Mr. LaSalle:What has happened here?
Judge Roy Bean:These men tried to hang me. They have been killed for it.
Rev. Mr. LaSalle:How many of 'em are there?
Judge Roy Bean:A lot of 'em.
Rev. Mr. LaSalle:Who did the killing?
Judge Roy Bean:I did. They were bad men, and the whores weren't ladies.
Rev. Mr. LaSalle:Vengeance is mine sayeth, the Lord!
Judge Roy Bean:It was. I'm waiting for the buzzards. They don't deserve burying.
Rev. Mr. LaSalle:Maybe they don't, but they ought to be. They are a stench and an abomination! I got a shovel if you don't.
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15 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Texas--as it wishes it was, 12 February 2003
Author: Bill Perkins (wperkins@onramp.net) from Dallas, TX

The real-life Judge Roy Bean, the law west of the Pecos, was a legendary figure who pulled off numerous publicity stunts for "his" town of Langtry, meanwhile administering a little justice along the way. If you'ver ever watched Northern Exposure, a good comparison might be Barry Corbin's Maurice Minnifield. That being said, the real Judge Bean pales in comparison to the legend that has built up over the years. That legend is what Huston concerns himself with, and it serves him well. The film is very episodic in nature, and for the first half, it does not disappoint. Paul Newman's first scene, where he's beaten, left for dead, and returns to wreck vengeance on every last one of his attackers sets the tone for the rest of the film. This is high mythology, tall tales at their best; you get the impression that this is how we Texans really wish our history read--colorful, eclectic, ruthless at times, and occasionally downright bizarre. From beer drinking bears to albino bandits, it's certainly interesting.

That being said, the film definitely takes a melancholy tone as civilization comes to Langtry. With it comes the disdain for such colorful characters as Bean, who seemingly has no place in the new, modern world. It's sad, but makes for an especially poignant ending. Newman's Judge is a blustering wonder; other standouts include Anthony Perkins, Ned Beatty, Roddy McDowell, and a very young and fetching Victoria Principal. Also making cameos are Jacqueline Bissett, Stacy Keach, Ava Gardner, and even the director himself.

All in all, a funny, touching film.

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