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J W Coop (1971)

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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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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For J.W. Coop second place is the same as last. See more »

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Drama | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 January 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

J.W. Coop See more »

Filming Locations:

Springville, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During the National Finals Rodeo sequence when the rodeo announcer is talking, the man with a cowboy hat and blue sport coat on and a blue scarf tie is Clem McSpadden. He was a nephew of Will Rogers and was a longtime Oklahoma State Senator. He was from Claremore, as was Will Rogers. He was also a famed rodeo announcer professionally. 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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Second's last
24 January 2000 | by helpless_dancerSee all my reviews

Excellent story about a cowpoke who wants to be the number one rider in the nation. He worked hard at it, and made his name well known on the circuit, even getting to the point of acquiring his own airplane. A good look at the rodeo from behind the scenes. Near the end was a very graphic scene of a cowboy caught up in the harness of a raging bull. I heard it was not a setup take, but was real footage from a rodeo. I know it made me cringe to watch it. 4 stars.


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