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Bronco Billy

(1980)

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Plot
This was Clint Eastwood's seventh directorial assignment and it's a wonderful movie. Why this humane comedy failed at the box office is a mystery. Billy (Eastwood) is the owner of a Wild West show peopled with losers he has picked up in his travels. Eastwood is perfection as the New Jersey shoe clerk who dreamed a nostalgic dream and took action to realize it. The actor-director could have gone over the top by satirizing the very character he played so well in spaghetti westerns; instead he gives a sincere, realistic performance that silenced detractors who thought he could only play violent loners.

Audio
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Trivia
  • When the Museum of Modern Art in New York put on a retrospective of his work in 1980 they finished by showing this film, one of Clint's personal favorites.
  • This was Clint's first film since Kelly's Heroes not to be produced by Malpaso, since at the time the film was made divorce proceedings were under way and profits would have had to be shared with Maggie. Instead his Malpaso comrade Robert Daley set up Second Street Films to produce the movie.

Cast
Bronco Billy
Antoinette Lily
John Arlington
Doc Lynch
Lefty LeBow
Leonard James
Chief Big Eagle
Lorraine Running Water
Sheriff Dix
Dr. Canterbury
Irene Lily
Lieutenant Wiecker
Station mechanic
Edgar Lipton
Mother Superior
Maid Eloise
Reporter at bank
Sanatorium attendant
Cowboys at bar
 
Boy at bank
Bank teller
Chauffeur
Sanatorium policeman
Cowboy in bar
King
Mitzi Fritts
Doris Duke
Sister Maria
License clerk
Bank Manager
Reporter at bank
Reporter at sanatorium
Bank Robbers
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Clint Eastwood
Sondra Locke
Geoffrey Lewis
Scatman Crothers
Bill McKinney
Sam Bottoms
Dan Vadis
Sierra Pecheur
Walter Barnes
Woodrow Parfrey
Beverlee McKinsey
Douglas McGrath
Hank Worden
William Prince
Pam Abbas
Edye Byrde
Douglas Copsey
John Wesley Elliott Jr.
Chuck Hicks
Bobby Hoy
Jefferson Jewell
Dawneen Lee
Don Mummert
Lloyd Nelson
George Orrison
Michael Reinbold
Tessa Richarde
Tanya Russell
Valerie Shanks
Sharon Sherlock
James Simmerhan
Robert Dale Simmons
Jenny Sternling
Chuck Waters
Jerry Wills

Credits
Executive Producer
Producer
Director
Screenplay
Director of Photography
Editors
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Robert Daley
Dennis Hackin
Clint Eastwood
Dennis Hackin
David Worth
Ferris Webster
Joel Cox


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