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Junior Bonner is director Sam Peckinpah's lovely, elegiac look at the world of the rodeo--and his only film with nary a bullet wound. Steve McQueen, engagingly easygoing but determined, is the title character, a rodeo rider out to win a big bull-riding contest in his hometown. Even as he confronts his dwindling days on the circuit, he also must deal with his feuding parents, marvelously played by Robert Preston and Ida Lupino. Preston is particularly good as the randy old con artist; he and Lupino strike real sparks. Peckinpah's slow-motion camera is put to particularly good use filming the balletic violence of the rodeo, at once more terrifying and awe-inspiring than any gun battle. A lovely country-western valentine to a dying breed. --Marshall Fine

DVD Features

  • Available subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Audio commentary

Cast

Steve McQueenJunior 'JR' Bonner
Robert PrestonAce Bonner
Ida LupinoElvira Bonner
Ben JohnsonBuck Roan
Joe Don BakerCurly Bonner
Barbara LeighCharmagne
Dub TaylorDel
Don 'Red' BarryHomer Rutledge

  • Genre: Western
  • Theme(s): Wild West
  • Director: Sam Peckinpah
  • Producer: Anchor Bay
  • Length: 100 mins
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaAug 2, 1972
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
    EuropePG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMay 25, 2004
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