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Bronco Billy (1980)

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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 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 (Clint Eastwood) is the proud owner of a small travelling 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 Lily (Sondra Locke), a stuck-up blonde from a rich family, who was left behind without a penny by her husband John Arlington (Geoffrey Lewis) 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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Trivia

The movie was shot during the fall season of 1979. 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

Bronco Billy McCoy: Killin's too good for you!
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The Thunderer
Written by John Philip Sousa
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Nice little gem from Eastwood
29 October 2003 | by bunkerforeverSee all my reviews

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 June 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bronco Billy 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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,265,659
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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