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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:
offbeat, quirky, enthralling See more (55 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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Roy Bean" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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Runtime:
120 min | West Germany:105 min (cut version)
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
When the bear was working Celeste Huston would keep the African lion company and play with him.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: When Bean regains consciousness in the alley behind the theater, he pushes over a modern, round, galvanized garbage can.See more »
Quotes:
Whorehouse Lucky Jim (Jackson gang:You call that justice?
Judge Roy Bean:Justice is the handmaiden of law.
Nick the Grub (Jackson gang:You said law was the handmaiden of justice.
Judge Roy Bean:Works both ways.
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Marmalade, Molasses and HoneySee more »

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14 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
offbeat, quirky, enthralling, 27 March 2000

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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