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


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Writers (WGA):
Heinrich von Kleist (book)
Dick Cusack (written by)
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17 April 1999 (USA) See more »
All men want justice. Few are willing to pay the price.
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Above average TV Western in which a horse trader seeks justice and takes the law on his own hands See more (66 total) »


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John Cusack ... Myrl Redding

John Goodman ... Judge Tolliver

L.Q. Jones ... Henry Ballard

Miranda Otto ... Cora Redding

John C. McGinley ... Woody

John Savage ... Slater

Rodney A. Grant ... Billy

Kurt Fuller ... Conrad

Rex Linn ... Shelby Dykes

Jay O. Sanders ... Atty. Gen. Metcalfe

Drake Bell ... Cage Redding

Nick Gillie ... Ollie (as Nicholas E. Gillie)

Duncan Fraser ... Edsel Fraser

Ken Pogue ... Judge Wilkins

Glenn Morshower ... Col. Jeffries (as Glen Morshower)

Ned Bellamy ... Kermit Dover

Brent Briscoe ... Sheriff Felton

Scott Wilson ... Governor

Valerie Planche ... Housekeeper
Nathaniel DeVeaux ... Dewey Austin
Bruce Flewelling ... Carey Sartin
J.C. Roberts ... Minister
Esther Purves-Smith ... Gussie Dykes
Patrick Richards ... Farmer #1
John Payne ... Grady Mathes
Corry Glass ... Daisy Mathes (as Corry Glass Lowry)
Byrne Piven ... Tub Weller
Raoul Ganeev ... Printer
Dick Cusack ... Jury Foreman
Jimmy Herman ... Crow Indian
Robert Lewis ... Captain

Chad Nobert ... Cheyenne soldier

Gina Williams ... Cheyenne woman
Madeleine Lefebvre ... Court clerk
Rick Poltaruk ... Browder
Ken Hurlburt ... Auctioneer
Tom Heaton ... Whitaker
Campbell Lane ... Clay Williams
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bill Cusack

Catherine Sutherland ... (unconfirmed)
Ron Webber ... Ranch hand (uncredited)

Directed by
John Badham 
Writing credits
Heinrich von Kleist (book "Michael Kohlhass")

Dick Cusack (written by)

Produced by
Cammie Crier .... associate producer
John Cusack .... executive producer
Doug Dearth .... associate producer
D.V. DeVincentis .... co-producer
Grace Gilroy .... line producer
William E. Githens .... associate producer
Thomas J. Mangan IV .... executive producer
John C. McGinley .... executive producer
D.C. Mitchell .... associate producer (as Daniel C. Mitchell)
Steve Pink .... executive producer
Kevin Reidy .... producer
Original Music by
Lennie Niehaus 
Cinematography by
Gale Tattersall 
Film Editing by
Frank Morriss 
Casting by
Stuart Aikins 
Carol Lewis 
Production Design by
Rick Roberts 
Art Direction by
Tracey Baryski 
Set Decoration by
Louise Middleton 
Costume Design by
Ha Nguyen 
Makeup Department
Iloe Flewelling .... key hair stylist
Rose Gurevitch .... assistant makeup artist
Chris Harrison-Glimsdale .... hair stylist
Heather L. Ingram .... assistant hair stylist
Gail Kennedy .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Grace Gilroy .... unit production manager
Michael Tinger .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lisa Jemus .... third assistant director
Elizabeth Scherberger .... first assistant director
Pamela Wintringham .... trainee assistant director
Richard Worden .... second assistant director
Art Department
Britt Bancroft .... set decoration buyer (as Britt Matheson)
Pierre 'Peeps' Bartlette .... head carpenter
Dave 'Grizz' Borley .... construction coordinator
Corran Brownlee .... storyboard artist
Barbara Chandler .... painter
Laura Cuthill-Luft .... sets buyer (as Laura Cuthill)
John Dambrauskas .... stand-by carpenter
Ron Darby .... construction buyer
Dean Eilertson .... property master
Jason Eskeland .... assistant property master
Dale Wesley Fischer .... painter
Gerald Gerlinsky .... head carpenter
Michael Hentges .... stand-by painter
Shauna Hepner .... props trainee
James A. Hosick .... set dresser
Charmaine Husum .... painter
Jean Jeffrey .... art department trainee
Brad Kaughman .... paint foreman
Brian Kent .... props
Carrie Marklinger .... set decoration buyer
Alan McCullagh .... lead dresser
Cameron Patterson .... carpenter
Melodi Petrigo .... art department coordinator (as Melodi McGill)
Gary Clayton Ripley .... head scenic artist
Robert Sawchuk .... on-set dresser
Randy Schrader .... head greens
Warren Simmons .... head carpenter
Dwayne Smolnicky .... lead dresser
Susan Turner .... first assistant art director
Bev Ulmer .... lead painter
James Weeks .... carpenter
Sound Department
Petra Bach .... adr editor
Ron Bedrosian .... adr mixer
Paul Timothy Carden .... supervising sound editor
Garrell Clark .... sound mixer
Andy D'Addario .... re-recording mixer
Tom E. Dahl .... re-recording mixer (as Tom Dahl)
Paul Flinchbaugh .... digital audio assistant
Nerses Gezalyan .... foley mixer
Nerses Gezalyan .... sound mixer
Kimaree Long .... adr recordist
Nancy MacLeod .... sound effects editor
Wade Maude .... sound trainee
Peter Melnychuk .... boom operator
Joe Milner .... co-supervising sound editor
Joe Milner .... re-recording mixer
James Moriana .... foley artist (as James M. Moriana)
Thomas O'Neil Younkman .... first assistant sound editor
Neil Porter .... dubbing recordist
Chris Sparkes .... dubbing recordist
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist (as Jeff Wilhoit)
Kerry Dean Williams .... supervising adr editor
Greg Zimmerman .... foley recordist
Special Effects by
Terence R. Bunce .... effects assistant
James Paradis .... special effects crew
Scott Stofer .... special effects supervisor
Scott R. Treliving .... best boy effects
Visual Effects by
Edward Irastorza .... visual effects coordinator: Digiscope
Guy Bews .... stunts
Chad Cosgrave .... stunts
Lyle W. Edge .... stunts
Corry Glass .... stunts (as Corry Glass Lowry)
Jason Glass .... stunts
Reg Glass .... stunts
Tom Glass .... stunt coordinator
Tom Glass .... stunts
Billy Laye .... stunts
Roger Lewis .... stunts (as Rodger Lewis)
Quentin Lowry .... stunts
Allan Phillips .... stunts
Blake Schlosser .... stunts
Greg Schlosser .... stunts
Jim Shield .... stunts
Cam Sutherland .... stunts
Marty Chiefcalf .... stunts (uncredited)
Jim Finkbeiner .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Adshead .... key grip
Scotty Allan .... gaffer
Jared Bunnin .... company grip
René Collins .... camera trainee
Ciaran Copelin .... first assistant camera
Tim Dutchak .... lamp operator
Regan Enderl .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Candide Franklyn .... Steadicam operator: "b" camera
Derek Fyfe .... second assistant camera
Steve Giroux .... company grip
Mike Gould .... best boy electric
Charles Koetke .... company grip
Chris Large .... still photographer
Joseph Lederer .... still photographer (as Fotojo)
Corey Lee .... best boy grip
Tim Milligan .... dolly grip
Damon Moreau .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Curtis Otte .... crane operator
Chooch Paglaro .... video assist operator
David Vernerey .... generator operator
Michael Woodland .... lamp operator
Casting Department
Victor Blanchette .... extras casting assistant
Sean Cossey .... casting assistant: Canada
Wanda Keam .... extras casting assistant
Sara Lewis .... casting assistant: Los Angeles
Alyson Lockwood .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carolyn Devins .... stitcher
Gaylene Fisher .... wardrobe trainee
Lizzie McGovern .... assistant costume designer
Heather Moore .... extras costumer
Tim Ranson .... set costumer
Christine Thomson .... costumer
Leah VanLoon .... wardrobe trainee
Editorial Department
Kenny Becker .... color timer
Matthew Evan Walsh .... post-production coordinator (as Matthew Walsh)
Debra Beth Weinfeld .... assistant editor (as Debra Weinfeld)
Location Management
Peter Horn .... assistant location manager
Rino Pace .... location manager
Music Department
Dominick Certo .... supervising music editor
Tommy Holmes .... assistant music editor
Evyen Klean .... music supervisor
Alan Oldfield .... music contractor
Alan Oldfield .... synthesizer programmer
Casey Stone .... music scoring mixer
Transportation Department
Ray Breckenridge .... transportation coordinator
Grant McPhee .... driver captain
Bruce Milward .... driver: honeywagon
Doug Slupski .... driver
Other crew
John Albanis .... assistant: Mr. Reidy
Jacqueline Chuckrey .... production assistant
Anne Devereux .... assistant: Mr. Cusack
Lyle W. Edge .... wrangler captain
Anne Fraleigh .... set production assistant
M.K. Gleason .... production accountant
Miles Gorovich .... assistant production coordinator
Jill Heather .... trainee production coordinator
Natalie Kangropool .... accounting assistant
Anisa Lalani .... production coordinator
Roger Lewis .... wrangler
Grace Loh .... coordinator: New Crime Productions
Nancy Joy McDonald .... script supervisor
Brooke K. McGill .... assistant: Ms. Gilroy
Paul Messick .... assistant: Mr. Badham
Jeanmarie Murphy-Burke .... publicity director: unit publicist
John Perry .... stand-in
Stuart Robinson .... assistant accountant
Heather Roscorla .... assistant accountant
Heather Roscorla .... payroll accountant
Troy Rudolph .... production assistant
John Scott .... animal wrangler
Lyle St. Goddard .... stand-in
Cam Sutherland .... wrangler
Cathy Sutherland .... wrangler (as Catherine Sutherland)
Tammy Taylor .... assistant: Mr. Badham
Ron Webber .... stand-in
Jacqueline Wechselberger .... head accountant: Canada
J.T. Wotton .... production assistant
Lori Boyle .... animal trainer (uncredited)

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Rated R for some Western violence
116 min
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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 »
Anachronisms: 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 »
Cora Redding:Besides, I know more about politickin'.See more »
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Above average TV Western in which a horse trader seeks justice and takes the law on his own hands, 4 June 2012
Author: ma-cortes

Good Western with satisfying and impressive directorial by John Badham and produced by the prestigious HBO . The Jack Bull narrates the tale of Myrl Redding (John Cusack , also producer) married to Cora (Miranda Otto) and with a son (Drake Bell) , he is a Wyoming horse trader who clashes with Henry Ballard, a baron land . Jack along with fellow Woody (John G. McGinley, also producer) transport a herd of horses across the country but Ballard abuses two of Myrl's horses and their Crow Indian caretaker , Billy (Rodney A Gant) . After being wrongfully denied justice, a horse trader seeks his own justice on the treacherous rancher ( L.Q. Jones) and his hoodlums (John Savage and Nick Gillie) . When Judge Wilkins (Ken Pogue) throws out Myrl's complaint , the war he wages to obligate Ballard to nurse the emaciated horses back to health but it leads into killings , a vigilante manhunt , and the possible defeat of Wyoming's bid for statehood carried out by the governor (Scott Wilson) and the General prosecutor (Jay O Sanders) .

This stirring and melancholic picture is acclaimed like one of the best Western TV of the last years with some prizes and nominations . It's an excellent Western with interesting issues , noisy action , shootouts, breathtaking scenarios ; but also melancholy , interracial friendship between Jack and the Indian Billy , unlovable camaraderie and emotionalism . Sensitive and moving Western where a cowboy must say goodbye to the life he knows and undergoes an extraordinary and dangerous travel , seeking justice and vengeance . Based on a novel by Heinrich von Kleist , whose title is "Michael Kohlhass", being well adapted by Dick Cusack, John Cusack's father . In fact , ¨Jack Bull¨ is a familiar film , starred by John Cusack , written by his father Dick Cusack and play roles sons's Dick as John , Bill Cusack and the same Dick as a Jury foreman . Great acting for all casting with magnificent main roles by John Cusack , L.Q. Jones and John G McGinley . Secondary cast is frankly excellent as Kurt Fuller , Rex Linn , Duncan Frazer , Jay O Sanders, Scott Wilson and many others . Gorgeous landscapes, reflecting wonderfully the wide open spaces , are splendidly photographed by Gale Tattersall , filmed on location in Calgary , Alberta , Canada . Emotive and sensible musical score by Lennie Niehaus , Clint Eastwood's usual .

The movie follows the wake the last Television Western starred by Sam Elliot , Tom Selleck, or Robert Duvall such as ¨Monte Walsh¨, ¨Crossfire trail¨ and ¨Broken trail¨. The motion picture was professionally directed by John Badham . He's a nice director who achieved his greatest successes in the 80s . He directed several hits such as ¨Saturday night fever¨ , ¨Short circuit¨ , ¨Blue thunder¨ , ¨Drop zone¨ , ¨War games¨ ,¨ Skateout¨, though today making TV movies such as ¨Obsessed¨ , ¨Floating away¨ and of course ¨Jack Bull¨ at his best ; furthermore , he realized television episodes as ¨ Crossing Jordan¨ ,¨ Psych¨, ¨ Las Vegas¨ , ¨The event¨, ¨ Standoff¨ , ¨ Heroes¨ . Rating : Better than average for the proficient film-making . It's a magnificent movie , and an unforgettable , unchallenged classic TV western .

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