Bronco Billy
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Bronco Billy

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Cast: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis, Scatman Crothers

     
 

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Bronco Billy stars Clint Eastwood (who also directed) as the impresario of a seedy wild west show. Going along for the ride is spoiled socialite Sondra Locke, who is "initiated" by being pressed into service as the wrong end of a knife-throwing act. The rest of the troupe, like Eastwood himself, are losers in life who yearn for the freedom and opportunity of

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Bronco Billy stars Clint Eastwood (who also directed) as the impresario of a seedy wild west show. Going along for the ride is spoiled socialite Sondra Locke, who is "initiated" by being pressed into service as the wrong end of a knife-throwing act. The rest of the troupe, like Eastwood himself, are losers in life who yearn for the freedom and opportunity of the long-gone Old West. Despite its raucous ad campaign, Bronco Billy is at base a wistful character study, avoiding the usual trappings of car chases and redneck villains and offering quiet chuckles instead of belly laughs. Unfortunately it failed to click with the public, compelling Eastwood to temporarily return to his old crash-bang-pow formula in his next few films.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Dan Jardine
Clint Eastwood's assured helmsmanship of this sweet and gentle comedy marks a change in direction and image for the former Dirty Harry. While Bronco Billy occasionally suffers from ingratiating lapses of tone, Eastwood's rock solid presence both before and behind the camera keeps the film from losing its focus. The aging and shabby Bronco Billy's fading success presages the impending death of the Western genre itself, which gave Eastwood his youthful employment and fame; hence, the film acts as a funhouse mirror, held up by a wry filmmaker delighting in making ironic commentary on his image and fame. Contrastingly, the film's sweetly nostalgic tone also conveys Eastwood's deep love of the Wild West and the simple values of the old-fashioned cowboy characters who fantasize about inhabiting it. Sondra Locke's shrieking debutant character provides comic and dramatic contrast to the genuinely folksy figures of the Bronco Billy show, allowing Eastwood to poke fun at the privileged, silver-spoon class who seem consistently immune to the charms of his blue collar (and occasionally red necked) efforts.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/01/2010
UPC:
0883929107780
Original Release:
1980
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Time:
1:56:00
Sales rank:
10,641

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clint Eastwood Bronco Billy
Sondra Locke Antoinette Lily
Geoffrey Lewis John Arlington
Scatman Crothers Doc Lynch
Bill McKinney Lefty LeBow
Samuel Bottoms Leonard James
Dan Vadis Chief Big Eagle
Sierra Pecheur Lorraine Running Water
Walter Barnes Sheriff Dix
Woodrow Parfrey Dr. Canterbury
Beverlee McKinsey Irene Lily
William Prince Edgar Lipton
Tessa Richarde Mitzi Fritz
Tanya Russell Doris Duke
Pam Abbas Mother Superior
Edye Byrde Eloise, Maid
Douglas Copsey Reporter at Bank
John Wesley Elliott Sanatorium Attendant
Chuck Hicks Cowboy
Bobby Hoy Cowboy
Doug McGrath Lt. Wiecker
Lloyd Nelson Sanatorium Policeman
George Orrison Actor
Michael Reinhold King
Valerie Shanks Sister Maria
Sharon Sherlock License Clerk
James Simmerhan Bank Manager
Jenny Sternling Reporter at Sanitorium
Chuck Waters Bank Robber
Chuck Waters Actor
Jerry Wills Bank Robber
Hank Worden Gas Station Operator
Steve Dorff Conductor

Technical Credits
Clint Eastwood Director
Ernie Bishop Set Decoration/Design
Joel Cox Editor
Robert Daley Executive Producer
Neal H. Dobrofsky Producer
Steve Dorff Score Composer
Tommy "Snuff" Garrett Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Dennis Hackin Producer,Screenwriter
Bert Hallberg Sound/Sound Designer
Jeff Jarvis Special Effects
Tom Joyner Asst. Director
Eugène Lourié Art Director
Fritz Manes Associate Producer
Tom Tuttle Makeup
Ferris Webster Editor
David Worth Cinematographer
Glenn Wright Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Bronco Billy
1. Credits [2:56]
2. Wild West Show [7:33]
3. Wrangling in Rain [4:16]
4. Marry Antoinette [3:32]
5. Dolores' Ride [3:02]
6. Not Allowed [2:37]
7. Holdup Hero [2:32]
8. Antoinette's Rescuer [4:09]
9. Family Fortune [2:14]
10. "Nobody Talks..." [2:29]
11. Orphanage [3:24]
12. No Problem [3:03]
13. Dialogue Changes [2:39]
14. Murder Plot [4:41]
15. Not Much Love [2:21]
16. Beer and Cold Fish [4:11]
17. Fighting Together [3:28]
18. Rescued Again [2:41]
19. "Are You For Real?" [2:59]
20. Leonard's Secret [3:12]
21. The Faster Man [4:43]
22. Up in Flames [6:03]
23. More Bad Luck [2:33]
24. Train Robbers [5:01]
25. Mineral Wells [3:38]
26. Anything You Want [3:23]
27. Night Moves [3:29]
28. Arlington Tells All [4:23]
29. So Long, Bronco Billy [3:59]
30. Needed Badly [2:48]
31. Shipshape Show [4:55]
32. Adios; End Credits [3:08]

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Bronco Billy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a tongue in cheek cliche from the original old westerns. But the morals were cleverly made believable. A difficult task in the current trends of ''modern'' media.