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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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Woody
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Billy
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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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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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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 »

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[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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Ring them Bells
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A man with the courage of his convictions.
20 August 1999 | by (Charlotte, NC) – See all my reviews

An extremely well made film. Cusack is great, as is John Goodman who does a very strong job as the judge. There's a big important message here, which I won't share, that is not to be missed. Perhaps it's a lesson for our times. Frankly, this movie is too good to miss. If you don't like westerns, ignore that it's a western and watch anyway the characters have more to offer. A first class script with equally fine acting.


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