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Bad Company [DVD] [1972] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: Jeff Bridges, Barry Brown, Jim Davis, David Huddleston, John Savage
  • Directors: Robert Benton
  • Writers: Robert Benton, David Newman
  • Producers: Stanley R. Jaffe
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Jun. 2002
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000648YY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 271,534 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In 1972's Bad Company a genteel Northerner during the American Civil War (Barry Brown) is robbed by scallywag Jeff Bridges--and winds up teaming up with him. Together they become a criminal duo (although with one member more reluctant than the other) in this entertaining, realistic tale of what the West was really like. Bridges has a gangly, easy-going demeanour, as well as a sense of playfulness that even extends to moments of extreme jeopardy. He makes an interesting team with the stiff, proper Brown, creating comedy seemingly out of thin air. This was the directing debut of Robert Benton, who had co-written Bonnie and Clyde and who would go on to win an Oscar for Kramer vs Kramer. --Marshall Fine

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 29 April 2007
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Some films just never seem to build up much support or reputation no matter how much they affect many of those few who see them. Case in point Bad Company - no, not the Jerry Bruckheimer turkey but the undervalued Robert Benton semi-Western from 1972 with Barry Brown's upstanding young man on the run from the Union press gangs during the Civil War finding himself in 'rough company' with Jeff Bridges and his band of juvenile delinquent outcast would-be desperadoes (John Savage among them) in a bleak and harsh West. Not the easiest of sells even in a healthier box-office climate than the early 70s, it holds up much better than many of its more revered contemporaries, avoiding the increasing trend towards political allegory in the genre for a more underplayed 'this is how it was' approach, complete with all the pettiness, spite, bravado and delusions of youth in a world that really has no place or use for them. In many ways it's more a road movie with horses than a conventional Western, the journey being not from the city to the West but from moral principles to their abandonment - not so much a loss of innocence but more an acceptance of what it takes to survive in a world where compassion is a weakness.

Yet it's a strangely uncynical film, surprisingly entertaining and involving, with fine performances that feel almost Dickensian at times: certainly David Huddleston's superb supporting turn as an eloquent holdup man whose intelligence is not matched by that of his companions (Geoffrey Lewis, John Quade and Ed Lauter) is an discreet delight with echoes of Mr Micawber ("My boy, let me give you a little piece of advice.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Charles R. Day on 1 Sept. 2008
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I have to agree with everything the other two reviewers have said. I saw this film when it was released in the seventies and, as with The Wild Bunch, tried to get as many friends as I could to see it.
The Western is a genre that seems to get a consistent level of agreement about which are the best. Not many would disagree with my list of Shane, The Wild Bunch, Unforgiven, Guns In The Afternoon and The Searchers (although I am not a great John Ford fan).
Bad Company should unquestionably be placed in that 'good company' of great westerns. Although on a smaller scale than the others, it is beautifully observed and, quite possibly, the most authentic glimpse into the old west you are ever likely to see.
I have just seen it again after thirty odd years and it is as impressive as ever - it really is time this film achieved classic status.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Boost on 11 Jun. 2009
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Imagine Charles Dickens writing the screenplay for a western and youve got Bad Company. 6 teenage boys with little moral compass head west across the bleak plains to escape Civil war conscription. It is near flawlees as a film can be. Made the same year as the Culpepper Cattle Comapny which is the nearest Western I have seen in tone and feel to this. In The CCC the lead character finally rejects the cowboy lifestyle in this the lead charters happily embrace it. It has one of the best endings to a film that I have seen, understated but saying so much.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. E. A. Dobson on 27 April 2008
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The previous review is spot on so i won`t go into details about the films plot.I`ll just say this is one of the most underrated and underseen films i`ve ever come across,i`ve just watched it for the third or fourth time and it gets better with each viewing.We are of course lucky it`s available on region 2 dvd,when there are so many films i`m still waiting for (i`m thinking,among others,John Sayles & Robert Altman).Highly recommended.
TRIVIA:Director Robert Benton started as a screenwriter with David Newman (who co wrote this),they first wrote the screenplay for `Bonnie and Clyde` in 1967.
Co star Barry Brown committed suicide in 1978 as did his sister Marilyn,there brother,author James Brown published an autobiographical account of his troubled upbringing entitled `The Los Angeles Diaries` in 2003.
Jeff Bridges would work with Benton again in 1987 for `Nadine`,he would also work again with co star David Huddleston in 1998 for the Coen brothers excellent comedy `The Big Lebowski`.
Bridges would appear in two more westerns,Heaven`s Gate (1981) & Wild Bill (1995).
Apparently the rock band `Bad Company` took there name from this film.
Director of photography Gordon Willis worked with some of the great filmakers,including Alan J Pakula,Francis Ford Coppola & Woody Allen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Jan. 2012
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This first feature directed by Robert Benton sets the tone for all the good work he followed it with.

While there's little in common between this darkly funny western, and say `Kramer vs.
Kramer' on a story level, the underlying style and themes - a genuine appreciation of the
complexity of human nature, a refusal to judge characters in simplistic terms, a sense
of humor off-setting even heart rending situations, a subtle visual strength that never
overwhelms the story, but always strengthens and feeds it - are all already in place.

Here he creates a western not quite like any other, as a rag-tag group of young boys,
most on the run from conscription in the Civil War (clearly a Vietnam-era reference)
try to make it on their own as `outlaws', or at least their romantic notion of such,
The main conflict is between Barry Brown's straight arrow Christian boy, aping the
ideals and notions taught him all his life, and the very young Jeff Bridges equally
acting out his schoolboy idea of a tough guy.

Along the way, as they encounter a series of real adults, dangerous, hardened,
seemingly with no ideals left, both young men are slowly forced by circumstance
to examine and change their own self-image.

There are a few cheats here or there on a story level, and not every episode is as good as the
next in this episodic tale, but this is a unique, creative and terrific use of the `old west'
to explore modern morality with wit, humanity and complexity.
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