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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
Bill McKinney ...
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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Bronco Billy, o Aventureiro  »

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Clint Eastwood's seventh film for the Warner Brothers studio. See more »


The camera and camera crew can be clearly seen in one shot during the bar brawl. See more »


Antoinette Lilly: Good morning!
Lefty LeBow: What's so good about it?
Antoinette Lilly: Smell that fresh morning air! Look at the blue sky above!
Lefty LeBow: Have you been drinkin' some of Doc's Snakebite?
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Barroom Buddies
Written by Milton Brown (as M. Brown), Cliff Crofford (as C. Crofford),
Steve Dorff (as S. Dorff) and Snuff Garrett (as S. Garrett)
Sung by Merle Haggard and Clint Eastwood
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Extremely funny and sympathetic Eastwood-classic
7 June 2002 | by (Järvenpää, Finland) – See all my reviews

What can I say about "Bronco Billy" expect that its truly one of Clint Eastwood's most sympathetic projects ever and a beautiful picture full of laughs and positive feelings. Between more violent movies Clint made a habit of appearing in a nice and jovial motion pictures ("Thunderbolt and Lightfoot", "Every which way but loose", "Any which way you can", "Honkytonk man", "Pink Cadillac") and it can't get much nicer than "Bronco Billy". Lovable story practically charms everybody and Clint is making incredibly amusing parody of his western characters. "Bronco Billy" is also one of the six films where Sondra Locke co-starred with Clint and this is certainly her finest performances beside him. Eastwood has always mentioned "Bronco Billy" as one of the personal favorites of his career and I see no reason to wonder why. This film just simply makes you feel good.

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