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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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Henry Ballard
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Cora Redding
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Edsel Fraser
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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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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 »

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The same flag, with 50 stars, is waved by towns women when the Governor is having his photo taken in Cheyene with the women. See more »

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Judge Tolliver: Well, I worry about you and me, Judge Wilkins. I swear to God I do, 'cause if this country gets ruined... it'll be ruined by people *like* you and me. This is a territory of unimportant people; most folks around here...
[laughs softly]
Judge Tolliver: can't even write their name. You and me... we're the important people. Trouble is, there's not enough of us important people to go around - we're spread thin, so sometimes, important things get ignored or don't get said. Like... take care of the little feller; see...
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Version of Michael Kohlhaas - Der Rebell (1969) See more »

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Ring them Bells
Written by Bob Dylan
Performed by Bob Dylan
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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Some things are worth risking your life over.
27 February 2002 | by (Anchorage, Alaska) – See all my reviews

Excellent! And YES, and excellent message! Some things are worth risking your life over. Some things are greater than your own life. Myrl Redding lived by that. Seems, these days, that living as long as possible and avoiding harm is more important than standing for what's right. A fundamental characteristic that polarizes humanity. I don't think the film at all suggests Redding to be innocent of some wrongdoing. I think it exhibits the contrary. That's another thing I like about it. And the dialog was not too 'contemplated' or florid, the overall authenticity of the film, setting, costumes, etc... was very well done. "The Jack Bull" may not rate as an epic film, but I think the story does. Well done Mr. Cusacks (and friends)!


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