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Bronco Billy [DVD]

Clint Eastwood , Sondra Locke , Clint Eastwood    DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis, Scatman Crothers, Bill McKinney
  • Directors: Clint Eastwood
  • Writers: Dennis Hackin
  • Producers: Dennis Hackin, Fritz Manes, Neal H. Dobrofsky, Robert Daley
  • Format: Anamorphic, Full Screen, PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Arabic, Romanian, Bulgarian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: Italian, English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004XOE6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,139 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Ask Clint Eastwood to select personal favorites among his movies and you might be surprised by one choice. "It's an old-fashioned theme," Eastwood says. "But if, as a film director, I ever wanted to say something, you'll find it in Bronco Billy". "One of the funniest and most touching films you'll see this or any year" (Rona Barrett, ABC-TV) casts him as the ace sharpshooter and head of a modern Wild West tent show. Life's been hard for Billy and his ragtag troupe. But their luck might change -- in the unlikely person of a highfalutin society dame (Sondra Locke). You may already have a favorite Eastwood role. Watch Bronco Billy and chances are you'll have another.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Family Fun! 11 Aug 2004
Format:DVD
I have been a fan of Clint Eastwood for quite some time now and when i first saw this movie i was quite supprised at how fun and enjoyable it was to watch. When you think of Clint you usually picture him in films like 'Dirty Harry' or 'High Plains Drifter' which of course he very suited too, however in my opinion he is still as good in the few, more milder films that he has done over the years, such 'Bronco Billy' and 'Paint Your Wagon'. He still manages to bring that classic 'Clint Eastwood' feel that we all know and love, to the whole thing, without the violence etc and thus allowing the kids to enjoy that Clint magic as well.
Bronco Billy McCoy, the fastest guns in the west, and his team of circus performers go round performing to schools, hospitals and just the general public all over the place. On their travels they meet the very snobbish Antoinette Lilly who has just been left by her husband, and Billy offers her a ride to the nearest town and in return she will be his assistant at his next show. However when they arrive at the next town, she decides to stay with the gang, and be Bronco Billy's assistant for a while longer.
Things go ok for a while until a pub brawl results in one of the gang being put in prision by the local sherif, and while Billy is negociating a release deal, their circus tent goes up in flames. Luckily no one is hurt and after trying to rob a train to rasie the funds for a new one, they call upon the help of a institusion for the criminally insane where the patience sew things in their spare time. Things take a sudden turn however when they find Miss Lilly's husband in the institusion for the murder of Antoinette Lilly herself! She then returns home to New York but realising that she is in love with Billy, she comes back, just in time for the next show.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun 16 Sep 2009
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I really wasn't sure at first what this film was going to be - a comedy, a Western, a drama or what? It's a tiny bit of all of those, but forgetting the precise genre for a moment, it's basically an all-round great family film with a class performance from Mr Eastwood. The rest of the cast are memorable too (watch out for Scatman Crothers just being fantastic as usual!).
For those who like Clint Eastwood in a softer guise (NO PRIMATES ATTACHED!) this is just great.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Family Friendly Clint 7 Aug 2014
By Mr. C. Gelderd VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
This is one of the few Eastwood films that is focused on family entertainment, and there is no violence or gratuitous bad language used. There are no evil villains (except a sleazy Sherriff and a couple of drunk cowboys), there is no sexual undertones or any gritty narrative, and this all makes for a genuinely enjoyable and fresh film to watch.

It’s light-hearted and honest at heart, with Eastwood directing a great variety of characters that all seem peculiar apart but make a wonderfully disjointed family when together performing in the Big Top. It may not be the most exciting story for audiences who want something a bit more gritty or action-packed, but this isn’t marketed as that sort of film.

Locke does well as always in her tough-talking role and is one of the few female co-stars who always gives Eastwood’s character a run for his money, giving as good as she gets and making it fun to see them bounce of each other.

A simple storyline is dotted with a number of well-staged sequences including the lively circus shows, a bar-room brawl and a botched train heist. It’s a genre turned on its head as Eastwood mixes the theme of the “Old West” with the “New West” to comical outcomes.

It’s nothing very memorable sadly, but it’s clear that Eastwood is enjoying his role as a entertainer and gun-slinger without the need to shoot, punch and sleep his way through a film. There are fights in this film, of course, but nothing too drastic. It’s good fun, with a good country soundtrack thanks to singing legend Merle Haggard and rounded out with a great cast.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feels like a circus 27 Sep 2011
By BeRo
Format:DVD
Ask Clint Eastwood to select personal favourites among his movies and one choice might surprise you. "It's an old fashioned theme," Eastwood says, "But if, as a film director, I ever wanted to say something, you'll find it in Bronco Billy." "One of the funniest and most touching films you'll see this or any year" (Ron Barrett, ABC-TV) casts him as the ace sharpshooter and head of Bronco Billy's Wild West Show, a down-at-the-heel travelling circus. Life's been hard for Billy and his ragtag troupe. But their luck might change - in the unlikely person of a travelling society dame (Sondra Lock). You may already have a favourite Eastwood role. Watch Bronco Billy and chances are you'll have another.

Audio: English, German, Spanish
Subtitles: English, German, Spanish, Czech, Danish, French, Croatian, Icelandic, Italian, Hungarian, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Finnish, Swedish, Turkish, English for the hearing impaired, German for the hearing impaired
No Special Features
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A real charmer 14 Dec 2007
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Despite its mixed reception and disappointing box-office, Eastwood's Bronco Billy may not be the blockbuster the studio pitched it as (it was released on the largest number of screens ever at the time) but it's certainly not the disaster it's sometimes painted. A Thirties-style screwball comedy about an ex-shoe salesman and his band of misfits and dreamers whose travelling show becomes the hideout for a runaway heiress (a miscast and very unsympathetic Sondra Locke, whose conversion to proletarian good naturedness is the film's most unconvincing note). With a strong supporting cast including a scene-stealing Geoffrey Lewis as Locke's money-grabbing husband and a genuine warm-hearted affection for its characters that's only enhanced by its awareness of their failings, it remains one of his most winning and certainly his most underrated films.
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