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Bad Company (1972)

A god-fearing Ohio boy dodging the Civil War draft arrives in St. Joseph, MO where he joins up with a hardscrabble group of like runaways heading west.

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Robert Benton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Bridges ... Jake Rumsey
Barry Brown ... Drew Dixon
Jim Davis ... Marshal
David Huddleston ... Big Joe
John Savage ... Loney
Jerry Houser ... Arthur Simms
Damon Douglas Damon Douglas ... Jim Bob Logan (as Damon Cofer)
Joshua Hill Lewis Joshua Hill Lewis ... Boog Bookin
Geoffrey Lewis ... Hobbs
Raymond Guth Raymond Guth ... Jackson
Ed Lauter ... Orin (as Edward Lauter)
John Quade ... Nolan
Jean Allison ... Mrs. Dixon
Ned Wertimer ... Mr. Dixon
Charles Tyner ... Egg Farmer
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Storyline

A group of naive boys find that life as desperadoes in the west is more serious that they understood when they embark on abortive careers in bushwhacking. Violence, betrayal, sombre colours and a Beckettsian whimsy mark this ironic western. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Would I like to get my hands on the son of a ..... who told me to go west.


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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1972 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Banda See more »

Filming Locations:

Wichita, Kansas, USA See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The classic rock band Bad Company named itself after this film. When Paul Rodgers (ex-Free) formed a band with Mick Ralphs (ex Mott the Hoople) in 1973, the first public warm up gigs were in Germany. Just prior to the gig they saw the film. When asked what the band was called, they remembered the poster, and adopted the name. See more »

Goofs

Although cartridge bullets were available in 1863, they were rare. In this movie all firearms use cartridges. See more »

Quotes

Arthur Simms: I've got two dollars and no sense.
Boog Bookin: [Mockingly] Just like you, Simms!
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Referenced in Murphy Brown: Bad Company (1995) See more »

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A very fine western
8 January 2006 | by ccbcSee all my reviews

People who put down westerns have probably never seen Barbarosa, McCabe and Mrs. Miller, One-eyed Jacks, or this fine film. Released in 1972, Bad Company reflects some of the values of its day (thus proving the value of the western genre). Our heroes begin by dodging the draft in the Civil War, then proceed across the plains in a manner true to history if not to romance. But the basic theme is that of parentless youths set adrift to discover their own values. Superb acting throughout -- veteran Jim Davis, for instance -- and excellent production on a small budget. My favorite quote: an outlaw about to be hanged demonstrates some fancy gun-work with an unloaded revolver. He wows the audience, hands the gun back to Jim Davis, and mutters,"Hell, I'm the oldest whore on the block."


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