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Bronco Billy (1980)

An idealistic, modern-day cowboy struggles to keep his Wild West show afloat in the face of hard luck and waning interest.

Director:

Clint Eastwood

Writer:

Dennis Hackin (as Dennis E. Hackin)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clint Eastwood ... Bronco Billy
Sondra Locke ... Antoinette Lily
Geoffrey Lewis ... John Arlington
Scatman Crothers ... Doc Lynch
Bill McKinney ... Lefty LeBow
Sam Bottoms ... Leonard James
Dan Vadis ... Chief Big Eagle
Sierra Pecheur Sierra Pecheur ... Lorraine Running Water
Walter Barnes ... Sheriff Dix
Woodrow Parfrey ... Dr. Canterbury
Beverlee McKinsey ... Irene Lily
Doug McGrath ... Lt. Wiecker (as Douglas McGrath)
Hank Worden ... Station Mechanic
William Prince ... Edgar Lipton
Pam Abbas Pam Abbas ... Mother Superior
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Storyline

Bronco Billy McCoy is the proud owner of a small traveling Wild West show. But the business isn't doing too well: for the past six months he hasn't paid his employees. At a gas station he picks up Antoinette, a stuck-up blonde from a rich family, who was left behind without a penny by her husband on their wedding night. Billy likes her looks and hires her as his assistant. She seems to bring them bad luck and the business gets even worse. In these hard times she loses her reluctance and starts to like her new way of life... and Bronco Billy. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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There Never Was A Show Quite Like This One. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 June 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bronco Billy, o Aventureiro See more »

Filming Locations:

Boise, Idaho, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,708,710, 15 June 1980

Gross USA:

$24,265,659
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In a French interview, Clint Eastwood said of this movie, "It was an old-fashioned theme, probably too old fashioned since the film didn't do as well as we hoped. But if, as a film director, I ever wanted to say something, you'll find it in Bronco Billy". See more »

Goofs

When Bronco Billy meets with the sheriff alongside the road you can see a microphone rise up next to Billy's car, parked behind him.Then you see it lowering slowly down next to the car. See more »

Quotes

Antoinette Lilly: But why do I hate him so?
Lorraine Running Water: The Apaches have a word for that... it's called love.
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Soundtracks

Bronco Billy
Written by Milton Brown (as M. Brown), Steve Dorff (as S. Dorff) and Snuff Garrett (as S. Garrett)
Sung by Ronnie Milsap
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Top marks: adds to Eastwood's body of work
13 August 2002 | by niall801See all my reviews

I think this movie is pure Eastwood: not trying for the spectacular or flashy, not aiming for any Oscars, but honest, well-crafted, original in theme, touching and memorable. It deserves more attention than it's gotten and is deeper than it's been given credit for. Eastwood himself has said that if he ever had anything to say as a director it's in this film. It's a great addition to Eastwood's large and impressive body of work, and shows yet again that he is never afraid to take chances.


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