Bronco Billy (1980)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  11 June 1980 (USA)
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An idealistic, modern-day cowboy struggles to keep his Wild West show afloat in the face of hard luck and waning interest.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Arlington
Doc Lynch
Lefty LeBow
Leonard James
Dan Vadis ...
Chief Big Eagle
Sierra Pecheur ...
Lorraine Running Water
Walter Barnes ...
Sheriff Dix
Dr. Canterbury
Beverlee McKinsey ...
Irene Lily
Lt. Wiecker (as Douglas McGrath)
Station Mechanic
Edgar Lipton
Pam Abbas ...
Mother Superior


Bronco Billy McCoy is the proud owner of a small traveling Wild West show. But the business isn't doing too well: for the past six months he hasn't paid his employees. At a gas station he picks up Antoinette, a stuck-up blonde from a rich family, who was left behind without a penny by her husband on their wedding night. Billy likes her looks and hires her as his assistant. She seems to bring them bad luck and the business gets even worse. In these hard times she loses her reluctance and starts to like her new way of life... and Bronco Billy. Written by Tom Zoerner <>

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11 June 1980 (USA)  »

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Bronco Billy, o Aventureiro  »

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The movie was shot during the fall season of 1979. See more »


When Bronco Billy meets with the sheriff alongside the road you can see a microphone rise up next to Billy's car, parked behind him.Then you see it lowering slowly down next to the car. See more »


Antoinette Lilly: [Sarcastically while driving in rural country] When do we get to the next VILLAGE?
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Bayou Lullaby
Written by Cliff Crofford (as C. Crofford) and Snuff Garrett (as S. Garrett)
Sung by Penny De Haven
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a memorable, post-existential film about illusions, reality and the bonds between lost souls
21 March 2004 | by (So. Cal.) – See all my reviews

This film is not about Eastwood doing the stock 70's Eastwood, it is not about Sandra Locke, or about any other person's performance. The people in this film are lost, both in the social space of a world they cannot live in and in time. They lack most of the usual human equipment, like faith and hope (see Thomas McGuane's 'Panama'). But they blunder on, as much by default as by will, in the illusory world of Bronco Billy's road show and guided by Billy's real values, with each other. Like most of Eastwood's films, Bronco Billy is built around a story, but in this story how it comes out is not important, it is how Billy and this cast of lost souls get there. And the film has one the greatest lines in cinema history: The one Bronco Billy used to tell Antoinette what happened to his wife.

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