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A god-fearing Ohio boy dodging the Civil War draft arrives in St. Joseph, MO where he joins up with a hardscrabble group of like runaways heading west.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Bridges ... Jake Rumsey
Barry Brown ... Drew Dixon
Jim Davis ... Marshal
David Huddleston ... Big Joe
John Savage ... Loney
Jerry Houser ... Arthur Simms
Damon Douglas Damon Douglas ... Jim Bob Logan (as Damon Cofer)
Joshua Hill Lewis Joshua Hill Lewis ... Boog Bookin
Geoffrey Lewis ... Hobbs
Raymond Guth Raymond Guth ... Jackson
Ed Lauter ... Orin (as Edward Lauter)
John Quade ... Nolan
Jean Allison ... Mrs. Dixon
Ned Wertimer ... Mr. Dixon
Charles Tyner ... Egg Farmer
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Storyline

A group of naive boys find that life as desperadoes in the west is more serious that they understood when they embark on abortive careers in bushwhacking. Violence, betrayal, sombre colours and a Beckettsian whimsy mark this ironic western. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Would I like to get my hands on the son of a ..... who told me to go west.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1972 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Banda See more »

Filming Locations:

Wichita, Kansas, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Jaffilms,Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The classic rock band Bad Company named itself after this film. When Paul Rodgers (ex-Free) formed a band with Mick Ralphs (ex Mott the Hoople) in 1973, the first public warm up gigs were in Germany. Just prior to the gig they saw the film. When asked what the band was called, they remembered the poster, and adopted the name. See more »

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The pistols used in the film are long barrel Colt 1873 SAAs (Peacemakers). These were not patented until a decade after the film takes place. See more »

Quotes

Big Joe: I'd like to get my hands around the throat of the son of a bitch that told me to go west.
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References The Rules of the Game (1939) See more »

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the best of the west
3 June 2006 | by linannhSee all my reviews

They unabashedly emulate and hold up western, and adult, behavior, for all to see and as boys they have a lot to learn, and as moviegoers, so do we. In this perfect film the boys hold up a mirror to the world, and our preconceived notions, about the west, what it is to be a man, and in doing so, truly show us the way as they try to find their's. They practically play at cowboys for us, until the real big bad world comes along and smashes in, with violence, a stark world around them and for us the viewers, our ideas about our past. And this is where the real story is. The lead actor Barry Brown as Drew Dixon brought this film to what most consider it's art-like appeal. His performance is haunting, beautiful, and unforgettable. Without him, there's no film, in my opinion. His foil is aggravating, oafish, Jeff Bridges who a fan of his, will appreciate, as he gets the boys time and time again into trouble none of them asked for. Young John Savage is there, rightly brilliant as usual, playing an evil snake in the grass. None of the characters are without pathos, redeeming factors, and a likability. The entire cast, named and unmentioned here, are perfectly cast and no bit routines are allowed, each with private identities enriching the story. This movie leaves me haunted and it is still the finest, and best of it's kind.


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