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The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)

In Vinegaroon, Texas, former outlaw Roy Bean appoints himself the judge for the region and dispenses his brand of justice as he sees fit.

Director:

John Huston

Writer:

John Milius (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Newman ... Judge Roy Bean
Roy Jenson ... Outlaw
Gary Combs ... Outlaw
Fred Brookfield Fred Brookfield ... Outlaw
Bennie E. Dobbins Bennie E. Dobbins ... Outlaw (as Ben Dobbins)
Richard Farnsworth ... Outlaw (as Dick Farnsworth)
Leroy Johnson Leroy Johnson ... Outlaw (as LeRoy Johnson)
Fred Krone Fred Krone ... Outlaw
Terry Leonard Terry Leonard ... Outlaw
Dean Smith ... Outlaw
Margo Epper Margo Epper ... Whore
Jeannie Epper ... Whore
Stephanie Epper Stephanie Epper ... Whore
Victoria Principal ... Maria Elena
Barbara J. Longo Barbara J. Longo ... Fat Lady
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Storyline

A no account outlaw establishes his own particular brand of law and order and builds a town on the edges of civilization in this farcical western. With the aid of an old law text and unpredictable notions Roy Bean distinguishes between lawbreakers and lawgivers by way of his pistols. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

1 December 1972 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

El juez del patíbulo See more »

Filming Locations:

San Pedro River, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$16,530,578, 31 December 1973
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The shooting location was about a 90-minute drive outside of Tucson; John Huston himself lived on the location for the duration of the shoot. He later wrote, " . . . I was the only one who did, except a watchman. The others went back to the town, but I stayed there all the time in a trailer. I've been on so many locations, and I've often wondered why everyone takes fatiguing, back-breaking journeys backwards and forwards, day after day, sometimes an hour's journey over rough roads, and I've often thought, 'Why not stay there, with the comfortable trailers you can live in today?'". See more »

Goofs

Louis XIV only had six children with Marie. And only one of those lived to adulthood. He also had 13 known illegitimate children. See more »

Quotes

Judge Roy Bean: Does she speak American?
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Soundtracks

Marmalade, Molasses and Honey
Lyrics by Marilyn Bergman and Alan Bergman
Music by Maurice Jarre
Sung by Andy Williams
[The song is played as background to the montage with Judge Bean, Maria Elena and the Watch Bear immediately after the bear's arrival in town]
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A timeless treasure by one of Hollywood's greatest directors
29 June 2002 | by GhenghySee all my reviews

The late 60's and early 70's produced several great comedic westerns i.e. Cheyenne Social Club, Dirty Dingus McGee, Great Scout, The Rounders, Evil Roy Slade, Support Your Local etc. The list goes on and on. Those movies were all great, but pretty much one dimensional and set the tone for some collective disappointment over the content of Judge Roy Bean. There are some great hilarious moments in this film and I never really got it until recently. It's actually a love story, and a comedy as well as John Huston's own statement about the retreating old west. If you view it in that context you'll be very impressed. If you're looking for pure comedy you may find that it drags in moments. However, this is the last time you'll get to see Paul Newman with that devilish Eddie Felson/Ben Quick light in his eyes, he was made for the part as a self-appointed and self-styled Judge/philosopher that dispenses justice to just about everyone that wanders through his town whether they deserve it or not. And Judge Bean also showcases IMO the best villian of all time in Bad Bob, a murderous long haired psychotic albino come to lay ole' Beano to rest. Victoria Principal is so cute you just want to, well you'll see. Anyway, it's very funny but it is a love story. I found that rather distraction 30 years ago but I didn't get it. Well worth a watch. 9/10


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