A hard but mediocre cop is assigned to escort a prostitute into custody from Las Vegas to Phoenix, so that she can testify in a mob trial. But a lot of people are literally betting that they won't make it into town alive.
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>
When the gang goes out to kick up their heels it shows them entering the The Ranch Club with the big horse in front. This is a real place, thats it's real name, and it's still open in Boise, Idaho. However, the interior that is shown is another bar, about 3 miles away called The Dutch Goose. It is also still open and there is still the hole in the door where lefty gets his hook stuck. See more »
When Billy is being interviewed by the press after stopping the bank robbery, he tells them to come check out the show "just off I-80". The film is set in Montana and Idaho, and Interstate 80 does not pass through either state. See more »
I just saw Bronco Billy for the first time in its entirety tonight on DVD. This film has to be one of Eastwood's most underrated films. It's mainly a light comedy with some touches of drama thrown in. While Clint's in fine form in one of his few comedic roles the highlight is easily Scatman Crothers as Doc. He shines in each of his scenes and is the film's most likable character.
Is the film a classic? No. But it does have a lot of heart and I ended up caring about what happened to Billy and his wild west show. It's not too hard to see why this is one of Clint's personal favorite films. I think the film has a good message too. And that is if you do good deeds then good luck might just come your way. Even though he is a flawed character Billy does have a good heart and performs shows for the underprivileged for free.
If you are a in the mood for a film that will make you feel good for two hours then Bronco Billy is for you.
My rating: 7/10
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