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The Jack Bull (1999)

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After being wrongfully denied justice, a horse trader seeks his own justice on a treacherous rancher.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Judge Tolliver
Henry Ballard
Cora Redding
Shelby Dykes
Atty. Gen. Metcalfe
Ollie (as Nicholas E. Gillie)
Edsel Fraser
Judge Wilkins
Col. Jeffries (as Glen Morshower)


The Jack Bull tells the story of Myrl Redding, a Wyoming horse trader who clashes with Henry Ballard, a fellow rancher, after Ballard abuses two of Myrl's horses and their Crow Indian caretaker, Billy. When Judge Wilkins throws out Myrl's complaint, the war he wages to force Ballard to nurse the emaciated animals back to health escalates into a vigilante manhunt, murder and the possible defeat of Wyoming's bid for statehood. Written by Anonymous

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All men want justice. Few are willing to pay the price.


Drama | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some Western violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 April 1999 (USA)  »

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Jack Bull  »

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Wyoming state flag depicts a bison bull; The word "jack" is an archaic term for a flag; An early version of this flag appears in the film. See more »


At the end of the movie, Myrl is hanged using the Julian gallows and the state was celebrating Statehood. Wyoming was admitted to the United States on 10 July 1890. The gallows used to hang Mryl was invented by Cheyenne architect, James P. Julian in 1892, two years after statehood. See more »


Cora Redding: Besides, I know more about politickin'.
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Version of Michael Kohlhaas (1969) See more »


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Forget it's a western--transcends the genre.
22 August 2002 | by (east coast) – See all my reviews

Fifteen minutes into almost any movie I find myself saying, `Well, I don't care what happens to Any of these characters.' With this film, I found myself caring about Every character. Even the bad guys. Even the characters walking by in the background. The acting in this film is uniformly excellent. Like an ensemble theatre piece. Much has been written here about the men, but Miranda Otto as Cusack's wife is luminescent. She clearly is the light of his life, and she lights up the screen for every second of every scene she is in--who wouldn't love this woman? The actress with only one scene begging she not be burned out of her house. The actress with only one scene who comes to the aid after a carriage accident in Cheyenne. The character landscape is rich and deep. You'll recognize many venerable character actors, like the always reliable Ken Pogue as the bad judge. In the leads, John Cusack, John Goodman, and John C. McGinley invest a depth of feeling that anchors the story. L.Q. Jones and John Savage are a pair of richly textured villains. This film is a feast of fine performances, from the briefest day players to the many layered leads.

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