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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:
A unique and successful mythic treatment of a quintessental American folk-hero. See more (53 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)
 
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Runtime:
120 min | West Germany:105 min (cut version)
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Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia:
When the bear was working Celeste Huston would keep the African lion company and play with him.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: When Bean visits San Antonio to see Lilly Langtry several steel drums are visible in the alley behind the theatre that are of a design not available until the early 1930s.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.See more »
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Marmalade, Molasses and HoneySee more »

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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A unique and successful mythic treatment of a quintessental American folk-hero., 8 August 2004
Author: ecoreno (ecoreno@charter.net) from Riverside, CA

Unlike other comedic Western films of this era, John Huston's THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JUDGE ROY BEAN is based on a singular premise: that God Almighty has decided to judge men on this earth through Roy Bean, a petty outlaw and drifter. Early in the film Anthony Perkins (as the circuit riding Methodist minister the Reverdend LaSalle)recites the salient portion of Psalm 58 at an impromptu funeral he is presiding over for the deceased frontier scum that tried to kill and rob the solitary Roy Bean, (to their catastrophic destruction by Bean himself) Thia will remain the recurring theme and leitmotiv that will dominate and justify the startling and unlikely quest of Judge Roy Bean, petty criminal turned self appointed judge of Vinagaroon county Texas.

Despite the extreme rusticity of Bean's surrounding and beginnings, his quixotic position of dispenser of justice steadily grows and grows until Bean has become the most respected and influential man in that extreme outpost of civization.His position takes on a unmistakable sort of grandeur, as does his chivalrous obsession with Lily Langtry, which in the end has flowered into perhaps the last shout of true chivalry in the ancient European sense. When the corrupting forces of the encroaching outside world seem to have completely swallowed up Bean's life's work, the judge, who has been 'down the pike/' for twenty years, unexpectedly returns for a true DIES IRAE, a reckoning. The final scenes with Ava Gardner as Lily Langtry, visiting the tiny remaining outpost and museum which bear her name delivers a ending moment of surprisingly fine sentiment. I LOVED this picture, with the exception of the idiotic song that was inserted into the middle of this soaring myth (probably insisted upon by investors who thought an original song, no matter how dismal would increase the projected box office to the level of BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID.

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