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The Jack Bull (1999)

After being wrongfully denied justice, a horse trader seeks his own justice on a treacherous rancher.

Director:

John Badham

Writers:

Heinrich von Kleist (book), Dick Cusack
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cusack ... Myrl Redding
John Goodman ... Judge Tolliver
L.Q. Jones ... Henry Ballard
Miranda Otto ... Cora Redding
John C. McGinley ... Woody
John Savage ... Slater
Rodney A. Grant ... Billy
Kurt Fuller ... Conrad
Rex Linn ... Shelby Dykes
Jay O. Sanders ... Atty. Gen. Metcalfe
Drake Bell ... Cage Redding
Nick Gillie ... Ollie (as Nicholas E. Gillie)
Duncan Fraser ... Edsel Fraser
Ken Pogue ... Judge Wilkins
Glenn Morshower ... Col. Jeffries (as Glen Morshower)
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The Jack Bull tells the story of Myrl Redding, a Wyoming horse trader who clashes with Henry Ballard, a fellow rancher, after Ballard abuses two of Myrl's horses and their Crow Indian caretaker, Billy. When Judge Wilkins throws out Myrl's complaint, the war he wages to force Ballard to nurse the emaciated animals back to health escalates into a vigilante manhunt, murder and the possible defeat of Wyoming's bid for statehood. Written by Anonymous

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All men want justice. Few are willing to pay the price.

Genres:

Drama | Western

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Rated R for some Western violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jack Bull See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The title is derived from the names of two dog breeds - Jack Russell and Bulldog. Myrl Redding (John Cusack) is said to have the tenacity of a Jack Russell and the strength of a bulldog when angered. See more »

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The same flag, with 50 stars, is waved by towns women when the Governor is having his photo taken in Cheyene with the women. See more »

Quotes

[Riding through a beautiful mountain pass]
Woody: Whaddaya make of all this?
Myrl Redding: A church with no roof. Ya got the Almighty braggin' his head off.
Woody: Yeah. Whaddaya figure he's sayin'?
Myrl Redding: "Remember who did this. Don't get too big for your britches." I guess.
Woody: Fair enough.
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Version of Michael Kohlhaas (1937) See more »

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Ring them Bells
Written by Bob Dylan
Performed by Bob Dylan
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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A great Western
21 August 1999 | by Watcher-37See all my reviews

It's not too often now that a great Western comes around, and even a rarer occurence in the theater, so now we look to the TV cable channels for them. This is the case for HBO's The Jack Bull. Headlined by John Cusack and written by his father, the movie centers on a man's quest to have the man he left in charge of two fine horses to restore them to health after he neglects them badly. His quest leads him to chase the man across Montana and leads him into conflict with not only the man he is chasing and his hired hands but the entire governmental organization of Montana, as they prepare for statehood. A fine turn by Cusack and a storyline that doesn't condescend to the viewer make The Jack Bull a great example of the modern Western.


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