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Bronco Billy (1980) Poster

(1980)

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This is one of Clint Eastwood's personal favorites of his own films.
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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".
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A night-shift guard in the insane asylum segment is whistling the tune from Every Which Way but Loose (1978), an earlier film which also featured Clint Eastwood, Geoffrey Lewis, Dan Vadis, Walter Barnes and Sondra Locke.
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Scatman Crothers stated that his role as Doc Lynch was his second favorite after his role in The King of Marvin Gardens (1972).
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Sondra Locke's favorite of the films she did with Clint Eastwood.
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Both uncredited, the movie featured two of Clint Eastwood's children, Kyle Eastwood and Alison Eastwood.
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Antoinette Lily is said to be turning 30 years old where actually Sondra Locke was 36 at the time the movie was made.
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The picture was shot on a very low-budget compared to other movies made by Clint Eastwood.
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The Museum of Modern Art in New York invited Clint Eastwood to present his film at a special screening, essentially marking the acceptance of him as an American film-maker of note.
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The production shoot for this movie ran for less than six weeks and was completed around two to four weeks ahead of schedule.
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In the film and included on the soundtrack, Clint Eastwood sings a duet with American country and Western singer Merle Haggard, entitled "Barroom Buddies".
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Clint Eastwood has said that principal photography on this picture was one of the most affable shoots of his film career.
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The movie's soundtrack features five songs by prominent American country and western artists such as Steve Dorff, Snuff Garrett and Merle Haggard.
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The picture grossed around five times its budget cost at the box-office. Though, Clint Eastwood considered this take insufficient.
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The picture was shot entirely on location in three American states: Idaho, Oregon and New York.
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One of two 1980 movies with Clint Eastwood. Bronco Billy (1980) was a minor box-office hit, whereas Any Which Way You Can (1980) was a major box-office hit.
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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.
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In real life, Gilbert M. Anderson, nicknamed "Broncho Billy", has been attributed as being the first ever movie star of the Western film genre. "Broncho Billy" lived between March 21st 1880 and January 20th 1971. In the film industry, "Broncho Billy" was an actor, writer, producer, and director.
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Clint Eastwood's first film since Kelly's Heroes (1970) not produced by The Malpaso Company. Eastwood and Maggie Johnson were divorcing at the time, so the profits had to be shared with Johnson. Robert Daley set up Second Street Films to produce the movie.
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The seventh movie directed by Clint Eastwood.
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The fourth of six movies made by real-life couple Clint Eastwood and Sondra Locke.
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A retrospective season of Clint Eastwood movies in 1980 by the Museum of Modern Art in New York had this film selected as its closing night film.
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Many of the actors Eastwood both directed and acted with earlier in his career are in this movie. Actress Sondra Locke and actors Bill McKinney and Sam Bottoms were all in The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976). Locke and McKinney were also directed by Clint Eastwood in The Gauntlet (1977) and were in the comedies Every Which Way But Loose (1978) and Any Which Way You Can (1980) without Eastwood's direction. Actors Geoffrey Lewis and Walter Barnes first worked with Clint Eastwood as actor/director in the western High Plains Drifter (1973). They would reteam as just actors in Every Which Way But Loose (1978). Geoffrey Lewis first worked with Clint Eastwood in Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974) and would work together again in Any Which Way You Can (1980) and Pink Cadillac (1989). Eastwood would later direct Lewis without appearing in Midnight on the Garden of Good and Evil (1997). Dan Vadis worked with Clint Eastwood in High Plains Drifter (1973), The Gauntlet (1977), Every Which Way But Loose (1978) and Any Which Way You Can (1980).
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The insane asylum is located in old Boise on the VA campus. It has been many things but since the late 1980s it became an alternative high school. (I went to school there and love that it's also an insane asylum)
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Clint Eastwood would kick Sondra Locke under the table when she couldn't work up tears for her crying scene in the bar. That was the extent of his direction.
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When John Arlington is hanging from the roof of the insane asylum, the security guard below is whistling the theme song to "Any Which Way but Loose".
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Second of two Clint Eastwood films co-starring actor Sam Bottoms. The first had been The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976).
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The movie was shot during the fall season of 1979.
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One of numerous Clint Eastwood movies featuring actor Geoffrey Lewis.
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The make and model of the car that Bronco Billy drove was a 1957 Pontiac convertible according to publicity for the film though the IMCDb says that it is a 1960 Oldsmobile Super 88. Either way, the red painted vehicle is fitted with such chattels and fixtures as pistol door handles, bullhorns on the bonnet and fake upholstered cow-hide seat-covers.
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This was the final film project for Eugène Lourié.
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Debut feature film of Alison Eastwood.
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Clint Eastwood's children acting in the movie are Alyson, who he was leading on horseback and then sitting next to him at lunch. Alyson asked him 'What did he do to make you so mad Bronco Billy'. While his son Kyle sat opposite and asked him 'So you killed one-eyed Charlie'
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As of January 2019 ..Clint Eastwood and Sierra Pecheur are the only remaining principal cast members Alive .
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When Dr. Canterbury tries to lead the patients in a cheer for Billy, there is a close up of a man with long blonde hair and a beard. The man standing behind him was also the deputy in the scene in Sheriff Dix's office.
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The slogan or catchphrase describing Bronco Billy (Clint Eastwood) was "The fastest gun in the West".
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One of a mini Hollywood cycle of studio pictures involving modern country and western/rodeo characters made around 1979/80. The others were Urban Cowboy (1980) and The Electric Horseman (1979).
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Clint Eastwood and Sondra Locke came on board the production after receiving the film's screenplay.
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The actual full name of the Bronco Billy character played by Clint Eastwood was Bronco Billy McCoy.
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Clint Eastwood's seventh film for Warner Brothers.
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The nickname/stage name of Antoinette Lily (Sondra Locke) was "Miss Lily".
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The name of the traveling circus was "Bronco Billy's Wild West Show".
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Included among the American Film Institute's 2000 list of the 500 movies nominated for the Top 100 Funniest American Movies.
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