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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One of two 1980 movies with Clint Eastwood released in that year. Bronco Billy (1980) was a box-office flop whereas Any Which Way You Can (1980) was a box-office hit. 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 »


Lorraine Running Water: He's like all men... a big kid in a man's body.
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Bronco Billy
Written by Milton Brown (as M. Brown), Steve Dorff (as S. Dorff) and Snuff Garrett (as S. Garrett)
Sung by Ronnie Milsap
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Nice little gem from Eastwood
29 October 2003 | by (Edison, NJ) – See all my reviews

I just saw Bronco Billy for the first time in its entirety tonight on DVD. This film has to be one of Eastwood's most underrated films. It's mainly a light comedy with some touches of drama thrown in. While Clint's in fine form in one of his few comedic roles the highlight is easily Scatman Crothers as Doc. He shines in each of his scenes and is the film's most likable character.

Is the film a classic? No. But it does have a lot of heart and I ended up caring about what happened to Billy and his wild west show. It's not too hard to see why this is one of Clint's personal favorite films. I think the film has a good message too. And that is if you do good deeds then good luck might just come your way. Even though he is a flawed character Billy does have a good heart and performs shows for the underprivileged for free.

If you are a in the mood for a film that will make you feel good for two hours then Bronco Billy is for you.

My rating: 7/10

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