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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.

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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

Myrl Redding: [to his son] Now listen to me... Somebody steps on your rights, go after him. Never give up... never.
[pause]
Myrl Redding: Just be smarter than I was.
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Version of Michael Kohlhaas - Der Rebell (1969) 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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The Jack Bull will surprise you
17 August 2003 | by robb_mavinsSee all my reviews

WATCH IT. A great moral translated to a western tale. I have been a fan of Cusack for some time; my first impression was that in a Western he would not be strong enough. As Myrl Redding, the strong true and moral man pushed too far, he is driven and tortured by theft and the death of his wife; and he is wonderful.

The great thing about this movie is that L.Q. Jones' Ballard is not evil just the antagonist. This movie is filled with good people trying to do what they feel is the right thing including John Goodman as Judge Toliver. <br> The best compliment I can give is that it reminds a lot of `The Crucible' by Arthur Miller, though to be honest, I am never sure who is on the side of right . Since the movie is also set against the statehood debate there are so many subplots. Both Redding & Ballard are pushed and pulled by so many other forces, I am never quite sure to whom is delivered `More Weight' as was Giles Corey in the Crucible but the result is very watchable. That's why in the final analysis I like this film, it is not about `white hats' and black hats just sadly about flawed people.


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