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The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean -- Director John Huston and a powerhouse cast make magic in this tongue-in-cheek Western saga. Paul Newman shines as the real life, self-appointed judge.


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John Milius (original screenplay) and
C.L. Sonnichsen (book)
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Release Date:
18 December 1972 (USA) See more »
If this story ain't true... it shoulda been See more »
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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Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 nominations See more »
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a flawed masterpiece See more (55 total) »


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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
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)
David Sharpe .... 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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120 min | West Germany:105 min (cut version)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | France:Unrated | Germany:12 (re-rating) (cut) | Netherlands:14 (original rating) | Norway:16 | Peru:14 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | UK:A (original rating) | USA:PG | West Germany:16 (cut)
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Did You Know?

Steve Kanaly and Victoria Principal who both debuted in this film also starred together in the "Dallas" (1978) television series. Don Starr, who played the theatre manager, also appeared regularly throughout the series as oil baron Jordan Lee.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
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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21 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
a flawed masterpiece, 27 September 1998
Author: Aaron Fuller from Ellicott City, MD

This underrated/underseen Huston film is definitely worth a look. Newman is wonderful as Roy Bean, and the large supporting cast is amazing, especially Anthony Perkins as a travelling padre, Stacy Keach as Bad Bob, Roddy McDowell as a wormy lawyer, Ned Beatty as the outlaw who'd rather be a bartender, and John Huston himself as Grizzly Adams. This is not a perfect picture at all. It falls apart by the last third or so, has a terrible day-for-night process shot that doesn't really work, and a unnecessary and embarrassing "raindrops keep falling on my head"-type musical montage, but the rest of it is great fun. This is the crazy kind of script Milius used to write in the 70s, like Apocalypse Now and especially 1941. The tone is very odd, but if you like your comedy dark and your westerns satirical you'll find lots to like about this one. A very broad and dark performance by Newman, who manages to find the pathos and integrity of this western charicature. It's a nice companion/contrast to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Kind of what Rami must have been going for in The Quick and the Dead (minus the Spaghetti Western style), and the examination of the mythic hero that Roderiguez tried for in Desperado, but much better achieved by Huston (duh). Fun stuff.

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