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Bad Company (1972)

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

Director:

Robert Benton
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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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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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

The Marshal asks Big Joe if he knew Curly Bill Brocius in '53, implying Curly Bill was already an outlaw in 1853. Curly Bill Brocius was 8 years old in 1853. See more »

Quotes

Arthur Simms: I've got two dollars and no sense.
Boog Bookin: [Mockingly] Just like you, Simms!
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Connections

References The Rules of the Game (1939) See more »

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Bad Company till the day I die
17 July 2005 | by annhartnettSee all my reviews

Best movie ever, best western ever. It's so superb, it's art. I first saw it over ten years ago and had an actual moving experience. No movie has ever come close at all to give me actual chills and thrills. It affects the psychology, it's visceral and you're taken for a ride. Paul Rodgers loved it so much he named his band at the time, Bad Company and the hit single comes directly from the film itself. Filmed in and around Emporia, Ks. it features a young Jeff Bridges perfectly suited for the role as patsy/predator Jake and the equally suited for his role of Drew Dixon is the elegant Barry Brown. Friends off screen, this was their second pairing in a film, and it just goes to show in their complete dissimilar partnership as they end up the two sole survivors of an initial runaway gang of young boys, most of them fit for the Civil War draft, echoing the Vietnam crisis. John Savage is the perfect brutish snake and all the actors seemed just as born into their parts as the two leads. If for no other reason, watch it for Barry Brown(Drew Dixon) and be prepared to be entranced. But,be careful, he was also too beautiful for words. Don't fall in love like me.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1972 (West Germany) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Wichita, Kansas, USA See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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