The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean1972
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)
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as Judge Roy Bean
as Frank Gass
as Rose Bean
as Lillie Langtry
as Sam Dodd
as Grizzly Adams
as Bad Bob
as Rev. LaSalle
as Marie Elena
as Tector Crites
as Bart Jackson
as Nick the Grub
as Whorehouse Lucky Jim
as Fermel Parlee
as Mrs. Jackson
as Mrs. Grubb
as Mrs. Whorehouse Jim
as Mrs. Parlee
as Snake River Rufus Krile
as Miner/Station Master
as Desk Clerk
as Opera House Manager
as Opera House Clerk
as Man at Stage Door
as Fat Lady
as Rose's Husband
as Mexican Leader
Critic Reviews for The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean sets out to be an elegy to the passing of the Old West, and ends up being an elegy to the passing of bad manners.
It's all very movie-movie, with even that happy ending we schmaltz-lovers love so well.
Above all, a self-assured Paul Newman stands out, offering a whole recital full of very funny and very emotional moments. [Full Review in Spanish]
This ragged film never amounts to much, but it's at least consistent in its eccentricities.
Milius' screenplay is acridly flavorful, Huston gives it a mellow reading
Audience Reviews for The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean
John Huston and Paul Newman, et al, team-up to relate the story about Texas' infamous hanging judge. Well, that's the idea. What we get instead is sort of a barroom myth ala Paul Bunyan, that leans into cuddly sentimentality a shade too much. Despite the heavy hitters, this one is forgettable.
At the start of "The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean," the title character(Paul Newman) is not yet a member of the legal profession. Quite the opposite, in fact, as he is an outlaw in the badlands west of the Pecos, intent on bragging, drinking and whoring but is instead savagely beaten and left for dead. However, Marie Elena(Victoria Principal) takes pity on him, nurses him back to health and gives him a gun. After Bean gets his revenge on all concerned, Reverend LaSalle(Anthony Perkins) comes along to give some advice and help bury the bodies. Bean decides to take up being the law of the land with help from some incompetent criminals who make betters marshals. Written by John Milius, directed by John Huston and performed by an eclectic cast(wait until you see Stacy Keach), "The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean" is a mischievous and irreverent western. By going a different route, the movie gets quite a lot right in how the west was won, going from lawlessness to legal brutality to respectability, as Judge Roy Bean helps make Texas safe for normal people. At the same time, the movie gives a very good idea about the kind of people who moved west to make a new life for themselves, many of them outcasts.
Really entertaining film and it owes a lot to what I think is one of Paul Newman's best performances. I enjoyed the film and it's funny watching this and realizing what a pot head John Huston was. The film looks gorgeous and it's both hilarious and sad at the same time. I don't know why, but the ending got to me even though the whole idea is bat shit crazy. Great cast.
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