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Bad Company (1972)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jake Rumsey
... Drew Dixon
... Marshal
... Big Joe
... Loney
... Arthur Simms
Damon Douglas ... Jim Bob Logan (as Damon Cofer)
Joshua Hill Lewis ... Boog Bookin
... Hobbs
Raymond Guth ... Jackson
... Orin (as Edward Lauter)
... Nolan
... Mrs. Dixon
... Mr. Dixon
... 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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22 December 1972 (West Germany)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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According to Jeff Bridges the gunfight in the forest had to be completely re shot after the film was ruined in the lab. See more »

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When the boys cross the Missouri River from St. Joseph, one utters the words, "Say goodbye to the U.S.A." After January 29, 1861, what was across the river from St. Joe was the state of Kansas, so they never left the U.S.A. In fact, by the 1850s, to ride out of the U.S.A. they would have needed to have gone to the Canadian or Mexican border. Though technically crossing into New Mexico or Arizona would have also achieved this as they were still territories, Arizona did not become the 48th state until 1912. See more »

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Zeb: Yahooo! Whoop! Whooo! That was a deal! Whoo!
Zeb: Are you done already?
Jake Rumsey: I do not waste my time mister. After that ride I gave her, I expect she'll be too tuckered out for the rest of you boys.
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The crooked way west
20 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

A young man dodging the draft in the Civil War falls in with bad company on his way west. A group of juveniles trying to be hardcases, they run into a variety of men trying to do the same and one or two actual tough nuts. On the way, our narrator (Barry Brown) learns more than the usual lessons about what it is to be a man, to be brave and to be a friend. Brown will make you wish his career had been longer. Jeff Bridges is his usual terrific self.

Robert Benton, one of America's real treasures as a writer and director, is the force behind this. You'll see that many of the themes he was interested in back then still echo in Nobody's Fool and Twilight.


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