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Bad Company (1972)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Jun 4, 2002
 R2: 2 Jun 2003

Running Time
1 hour, 33 minutes

Country USA

Studio Paramount, Stanley R. Jaffe

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Genre: Western, Buddies, Thieves, On The Road, Period Piece, Scams And Cons, Outlaws

Plot: Robert Benton's directorial debut stars Jeff Bridges as young con man Jake Rumsey in this highly original Western. After Drew Dixon (Barry Brown), an upright young man, is sent west by his religious family to avoid being drafted into the Civil War, he drifts across the land with a loose confederation of young vagrants. He connects with the entertaining Jake, and they add a couple of others, including Loney (John Savage) and Arthur (Jerry Houser), to a "gang" that is barely surviving in the harsh climate of the West. They have to avoid confrontations not only with professional criminals--such as Big Joe (David Huddleston)--but also from hardened civilians who would kill a young boy for trying to steal a pie. Always outdoors, without as much as one horse among them, they're even at the mercy of the elements. As the boys' tribulations mount, their naive visions of cowboy glory fade, and Drew begins to realize that a life of crime may be his only means of survival.

Though boasting a stellar cast, a strong script, and inspired direction, the film proved a disappointment at the box office, perhaps because of its bleak vision and loose, episodic narrative. The unjustly ignored masterpiece also features an arresting tonal combination of Brechtian irony and absurdist whimsy, as well as

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 Directed by
Robert Benton
Kramer vs. Kramer, The Human Stain, Nobody's Fool
 Written by
David Newman
Bonnie and Clyde, Superman III, Moonwalker
Robert Benton
Bonnie and Clyde, The Ice Harvest, There Was a Crooked Man...
Jeff Bridges
The Big Lebowski, K-PAX, Arlington Road
Geoffrey Lewis
Maverick, The Devil's Rejects, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Barry Brown
Piranha, Flesh, The Great Northfield, Minnesota Raid
Jim Davis
El Dorado, The Parallax View, Big Jake
David Huddleston
The Big Lebowski, Blazing Saddles, The Producers
John Savage
The Thin Red Line, The Deer Hunter, The Godfather: Part III
Jerry Houser
Aladdin, Slap Shot, Seems Like Old Times
 Music By
Harvey Schmidt
The Fantasticks

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