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Junior Bonner (1972)

PG | | Drama, Western | 20 July 1972 (UK)
Ace Bonner returns to Arizona several years after he abandoned his family, Junior Bonner is a wild young man. Against the typical rodeo championship, family drama erupts.

Director:

Sam Peckinpah

Writer:

Jeb Rosebrook
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve McQueen ... Junior Bonner
Robert Preston ... Ace Bonner
Ida Lupino ... Elvira Bonner
Ben Johnson ... Buck Roan
Joe Don Baker ... Curly Bonner
Barbara Leigh ... Charmagne
Mary Murphy ... Ruth Bonner
Bill McKinney ... Red Terwiliger (as William McKinney)
Dub Taylor ... Del
Sandra Deel Sandra Deel ... Nurse Arlis
Don 'Red' Barry ... Homer Rutledge (as Donald Barry)
Charles H. Gray ... Burt (as Charles Gray)
Matthew Peckinpah Matthew Peckinpah ... Tim Bonner
Sundown Spencer Sundown Spencer ... Nick Bonner
Rita Garrison Rita Garrison ... Flashie
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Storyline

A week with Junior Bonner, a rodeo pro on the wrong side of 40, broke, bruised, and headed into Prescott, his home town, for the annual 4th of July Frontier Days. His dad, Ace, is a dissolute dreamer fixed on finding gold in Australia; his mom is resigned to Ace's roving; his brother Curly is tearing up the countryside to make a million in real estate. Junior just wants to stay on a bucking Brahma for eight seconds, hang out with Ace, find a way to spend time with a beautiful woman whose eyes catch his, and earn enough to get to next week's rodeo. As the old West and its code give way to progress, Junior is lonesome, laconic, and on the road - just where he wants to be. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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"Tell 'em Junior sent you" See more »

Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 July 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Junior Bonner See more »

Filming Locations:

Prescott, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,200,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,900,000, 31 December 1972

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,800,000, 31 December 1972
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One of 3 movies concerning rodeo cowboys that came out in 1972; J.W. Coop (written and starring Cliff Robertson) and When the Legends Die (starring Richard Widmark and Frederic Forrest) being the others. See more »

Goofs

Whilst they are sitting on the bench having a drink, Ace knocks Junior's hat off. The view from the rear shows the hat on the ground beside Junior, but when Aces gets up and picks up the hat, it is a few feet in front on Junior. See more »

Quotes

Junior 'JR' Bonner: That was a nice float you had, Curley.
Curly Bonner: [proudly] Finished second in the commercial division.
Junior 'JR' Bonner: Well, second's better than third.
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Connections

References The Wild Bunch (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Rodeo Man
Words and Music by Rod Hart
Sung by Rod Hart
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Violently quiet
27 October 2002 | by CalTempe@aol.comSee all my reviews

Steve McQueen is my favorite actor. Bullitt is my favorite McQueen movie, but Junior Bonner is my favorite McQueen character. McQueen, as usual (and this is what makes him great), communicates more with silence than in delivering a line. The violence of the rodeo is juxtaposed against one man's unwillingness to let go of a lifestyle that is obviously coming to an end. The open west is giving way to trailers, his parents are separating forever, and his home has become a place for strangers. Junior is aging as an athlete, and as a-no-longer- young man. Even his Cadillac is on the downward side of a once successful career. The split screens and slow motion are interesting without being intrusive. This movie is about the triumph of a man who stays true to his own values, regardless of how irrelevant his environment may soon become. One man CAN make a difference. Steve McQueen was always that one man.


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