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The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)

In Vinegaroon, Texas, former outlaw Roy Bean appoints himself the judge for the region and dispenses his brand of justice as he sees fit.

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Outlaw
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Outlaw
Fred Brookfield ...
Outlaw
Bennie E. Dobbins ...
Outlaw (as Ben Dobbins)
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Outlaw (as Dick Farnsworth)
Leroy Johnson ...
Outlaw (as LeRoy Johnson)
Fred Krone ...
Outlaw
Terry Leonard ...
Outlaw
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Outlaw
Margo Epper ...
Whore
Jeannie Epper ...
Whore
Stephanie Epper ...
Whore
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Barbara J. Longo ...
Fat Lady
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Storyline

A no account outlaw establishes his own particular brand of law and order and builds a town on the edges of civilization in this farcical western. With the aid of an old law text and unpredictable notions Roy Bean distinguishes between lawbreakers and lawgivers by way of his pistols. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Maybe This Isn't The Way It Was - It's The Way It Should Have Been! See more »


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1 December 1972 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

El juez del patíbulo  »

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$16,530,578, 31 December 1973
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Trivia

Paul Newman thought that Bruno the Bear stole every scene in which they appeared together, an opinion shared by some reviewers. See more »

Goofs

When Bean regains consciousness in the alley behind the theater, he pushes over a modern, round, galvanized garbage can. See more »

Quotes

Nick the Grub (Jackson gang: Damn, Judge! You shot him in the back!
Whorehouse Lucky Jim (Jackson gang: Appears like he shot him in the back and the front! Judge, you didn't give him no chance!
Judge Roy Bean: He'd didn't deserve a chance. If he wanted a chance; he should have gone somewhere else.
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Referenced in The Sopranos: Live Free or Die (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Marmalade, Molasses and Honey
Lyrics by Marilyn Bergman and Alan Bergman
Music by Maurice Jarre
Sung by Andy Williams
[The song is played as background to the montage with Judge Bean, Maria Elena and the Watch Bear immediately after the bear's arrival in town]
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For A Hanging Movie, It's A Bit Of A Stretch
28 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

Wow, what a quirky western. It's almost comic-book-type put-on for most of the film and then it turns into a sad story at the end.

Most of the actors in this star-studded cast are in cameo roles, the best being Stacy Keach's "Bad Bob." He seems to be about everyone's favorite character in this film, and justifiably so.

The storyline: Bean (Newman) almost gets killed visiting this one-horse town out in the middle of lawless El Paso, then gets his revenge on the people who roughed him up, and takes over the town which is really nothing but this one building! He appoints himself judge, obtains a few "marshals," and then brings an assortment of crooks and strange people in to be hanged. It's just one long parade of strange characters, either passing by or hanging around (literally).

There are subplots involving (1) Bean's obsession with the famous Lily Langtree, and (2) what happens when the town grows immensely and things change drastically, such as the people wanting a little bit more of a democracy that what Judge Roy Bean had been offering.

This is an intriguing movie that is hard to define. The major negative to the film was that it got kind of silly and ran out of gas in the last half hour, except for the Langtry storyline. Too bad, because in the end you go away thinking....."Man, I was having so much fun watching this and then........"


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