The Jack Bull (1999)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Drama, Western  |  17 April 1999 (USA)
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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

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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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Jack Bull  »

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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 »


At the end of the movie, the statehood congregation parades through town with flags containing 50 stars. The proper flag for the period would have been the 43 star flag. See more »


[Riding through a beautiful mountain pass]
Woody: Whaddaya make of all this?
Myrl Redding: A church with no roof. Ya got the Almighty braggin' his head off.
Woody: Yeah. Whaddaya figure he's sayin'?
Myrl Redding: "Remember who did this. Don't get too big for your britches." I guess.
Woody: Fair enough.
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A great Western
21 August 1999 | by (East Coast US) – See all my reviews

It's not too often now that a great Western comes around, and even a rarer occurence in the theater, so now we look to the TV cable channels for them. This is the case for HBO's The Jack Bull. Headlined by John Cusack and written by his father, the movie centers on a man's quest to have the man he left in charge of two fine horses to restore them to health after he neglects them badly. His quest leads him to chase the man across Montana and leads him into conflict with not only the man he is chasing and his hired hands but the entire governmental organization of Montana, as they prepare for statehood. A fine turn by Cusack and a storyline that doesn't condescend to the viewer make The Jack Bull a great example of the modern Western.

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