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J W Coop (1971)

GP | | Drama, Western | 1 January 1972 (USA)
After losing 9 years 9 months and thirteen days to prison, cowboy J. W. Coop is released to return to life as a professional rodeo cowboy in the 60's. Determined to make up for the lost '... See full summary »

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Cliff Robertson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cliff Robertson ... J W Coop
Geraldine Page ... Mama
Cristina Ferrare ... Bean
R.G. Armstrong ... Jim Sawyer
R.L. Armstrong R.L. Armstrong ... Tooter Watson
John Crawford ... Rancher
Wade Crosby ... Billy Sol Gibbs
Marjorie Durant Marjorie Durant ... Big Marge (as Marjorie Durant Dye)
Paul Harper Paul Harper ... Warden Morgan
Son Hooker Son Hooker ... Motorcycle Cop
Richard Kennedy ... Sheriff
Bruce Kirby ... Diesel Tanker Driver
Larry Mahan Larry Mahan ... Himself
Mary-Robin Redd Mary-Robin Redd ... Bonnie May (as Mary Robin Redd)
Dennis Reiners Dennis Reiners ... Billy Hawkins
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After losing 9 years 9 months and thirteen days to prison, cowboy J. W. Coop is released to return to life as a professional rodeo cowboy in the 60's. Determined to make up for the lost 'prime' years of his career, he doggedly goes forward, and learns that not only has the business of rodeo changed during his incarceration but society as a whole has made dramatic changes as well. Written by David Fowler

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He rides the suicide circuit. See more »

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Drama | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 January 1972 (USA) See more »

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J.W. Coop See more »

Filming Locations:

Springville, California, USA See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In-joke: During the Woodlake Rodeo sequence, the arena announcer refers to one of the cowboys as "Alex Beaton of Burbank, California." Alex Beaton was the film editor for this movie. See more »

Goofs

When JW is sitting on a bull, he is introduced to "Hot Pistol" whomever, and Larry Mahan; he asks for tips on riding the bull, and is told something about "marking him out"; there is no mark out rule in bull riding. See more »

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Referenced in 'Obsession' Revisited (2001) See more »

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Catch it if you can!
5 January 2006 | by saebjornSee all my reviews

This hard to get, modern western is definitely one of the best film by Mr. Robertson, a fine, underrated actor and director. J.W. Coop, gives a realistic and honest view of a lonesome, luckless but brave man, an ex-con who tries and fails in the rodeo world and is also an underdog in life. Simple, brilliant story with Robertson's flawless acting matched by the late, grand Geraldine Page (as his mom). A fine cameo by the great character actor, R.G. Armstrong, and for the eye, there's the beautiful Cristina Ferrare who disappeared from films to marry Mr. John DeLorean (if somebody remembers the car in Back to the Future films.) So, catch it if you can!


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