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The Jack Bull (1999)

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

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Judge Tolliver
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Henry Ballard
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Cora Redding
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Woody
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Slater
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Billy
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Conrad
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Shelby Dykes
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Ollie (as Nicholas E. Gillie)
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Edsel Fraser
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Judge Wilkins
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Col. Jeffries (as Glen Morshower)
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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.

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Drama | Western

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Rated R for some Western violence | See all certifications »

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17 April 1999 (USA)  »

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The title is derived from the names of two dog breeds - Jack Russell and Bulldog. Myrl Redding (John Cusack) is said to have the tenacity of a Jack Russell and the strength of a bulldog when angered. See more »

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At the pivotal moment of the hanging, the safety rig is clearly seen behind the noose, holding up Myrl's suit jacket at the collar. See more »

Quotes

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

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Ring them Bells
Written by Bob Dylan
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Solid Story and Perfomances, but..?
3 April 2002 | by (Nowhereman, Norseland) – See all my reviews

I liked the film and thought the story was solid, with strong, believable perfomances throughout, but I have to agree with another reader who questioned the black man's role at the dinner table.

Don't get me wrong, I bought the Indian as an integral part of Cusack's character's homestead, because the character lent himself to a fair and equitable role through his life. The Character "Ballard" however, was basically a rotten @#&^%! though, and in that day and age, would a black man have found reliable and somehow trusted place among other scoundrels let alone at this land "Baron's" table? Had the guy's race been white, it would have been totally believable, but at least for historical accuracy, I had to question this plausibility.

It probably might not have distracted from the film at all had I not read it here first, but I have to agree with the observation. Otherwise I liked the work.


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