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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... Outlaw
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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I Want Peace - And I Don't Care Who I Kill to Get It! See more »


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Trivia

When Bruno The Bear was working director John Huston's wife Celeste Huston would keep his friend Neil the African lion company and play with him. See more »

Goofs

When they bury the bear the gravestone indicates the bear was about 3 years old and died in 1899. That would mean that the visit to the town by Grizzly Adams would have occurred around 1896 or so. That would be impossible since Grizzly Adams died in 1860. See more »

Quotes

Rev. Mr. LaSalle: I shall pray for you, Bean. This land abounds in ruffians and varmints. Their numbers are legion, their evil skills commensurate.
Judge Roy Bean: Piss on 'em.
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Alternate Versions

British theatrical version was cut for an 'A' rating. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Sopranos: Live Free or Die (2006) See more »

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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Maybe Paul Newman's most underrated role!
26 March 2007 | by SpitztheGreatSee all my reviews

What a movie! I think it's important to give a bit of back story on my viewing of this film before I comment on what I liked about it. I walked into this movie with absolutely no expectations. My father had rented this movie and as he often does with older movies acted like it was pure gold. Now my fathers taste in movies is radically different from mine and often I don't think the movies he really likes are anything more than just light hearted fun. There's nothing wrong with this of course, but I was expecting more of the same for this film.

Boy was I wrong.

Yes it is a fun movie, a very slapstick tongue in cheek event, but the movie reeks of intentional spoofing and jokes consisting of winks and nods. If I were to compare it's humor, or more aptly its character, I would have to say it reminds one of the set up from Arrested Development. It will take multiple viewings in order to fully appreciate everything, funny or not, that is taking place on screen at any one time.

Paul Newman is in rare form in this movie as he plays a character very NON Paul Newmanish. HE sports a beard throughout the movie which helps with the illusion but his gruff voice and vocabulary really stand out as a fine approach to a character.

This movie is very good, a real gem that has gone un seen by many.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

17 December 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

San Pedro River, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$602,511
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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