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Gentlemen Broncos [DVD][2009]

Michael Angarano , John Baker , Jared Hess    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Michael Angarano, John Baker, Robin Ballard, Steve Berg, Jemaine Clement
  • Directors: Jared Hess
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Anamorphic, Widescreen, HiFi Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 3 May 2010
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003JQK0X4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,002 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Gentlemen Broncos - classic from makers of Napoleon Dynamite

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes me want to read sci-fi 17 Jan 2011
By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I want to add to the correction of the 1 star review as having just seen this film I was telling friends about it and they said it had been quite well panned. I watched this with an open mind and after 10 minutes or so I was hooked. As well reported this is another offering from the creators of `Napoleon Dynamite' - `Vote for Pedro' etc., husband and wife Jared and Jerusha Hess. They specialise in off the wall characters that are just this side of being medically sectioned, but who are in many ways life affirming.

This tells the story of Benjamin played by Michael Angarano who writes sci-fi and his dear mum (who designs and makes clothes for the terminally bizarre ladies of this planet) sends him on a weekend literary festival where Benjamin's hero sci-fi writer (Dr. Ronald Chevalier) is not only giving work shops but judging the stories for a possible shot at being published. He makes some friends and his story is picked up and plagiarised by the brilliantly erudite `Chevalier'; played by Jemaine Clements (Flight of the Conchords'.

The story is told and interwoven with the story of his book `Yeast Lords' being played out in the two alternate versions of the book by Sam Rockwell playing the eponymous `Bronco' and alternating as `Brutus with Ballzac' (his inter galactic wolf dog type thing - it was a Lynx in the original version.)

Anyway there are brilliantly comic moments that all tie together in what for me was a really enjoyable hour and a half, so please approach this with an open mind and if you do you will hopefully find that this is a little under estimated gem.

P.S. I have since seen this film again and it really is a grower, one where you get more on a subsequent viewing, especially if you keep an eye on the background action - touch of genius.

PPS. Having just watched with friends I now 'love it' so am giving it five stars - the sound track is great too!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't hate! 23 April 2011
I'm not sure why this film has had such bad press. I absolutely love it!
Jemaine Clement is class (one of the best characters in any film in recent years in my opinion) and as soon as the film finished I wanted to watch again.
Give it a try, ignore the press and keep an open mind.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Only a one-star review for this slice of genius? This aggression will not stand, man!

Jared Hess, together with wife and co-writer/director Jerusha Hess, was responsible for the modern cult-classic Napoleon Dynamite [DVD] [2004] and the Jack Black vehicle, Nacho Libre [DVD] [2006]. Their personal formula of the bizarre life of oddballs combined with genius casting is very much in evidence in Gentlemen Broncos. Sam Rockwell (Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Moon) chews the scenery as the titular Bronco, playing dual roles in contrasting imagined extracts from the book written by the nominal hero, Benjamin (Michael Angarano), and plagiarised by Jemaine Clement's pontificating, self-obsessed sci-fi author, Dr. Ronald Chevalier. Héctor Jiménez (skinny wrestler Esqueleto in Nacho Libre) returns to work with the Hesses, here playing local auteur Lonnie Donaho who takes it upon himself to film Benjamin's novel.

The key ingredient to this film is how seriously everyone takes themselves. Each of the economically sketched characters is committed to their purpose in life, and their self-belief drives forward the occasionally bizarre plot stitched together with uniquely absurd comic situations. In particular, the cringeworthy sci-fi dialogue, delivered with equally straight-faced masculinity or effeminacy by Rockwell depending on which side of his character is being portrayed, is sheer genius. "Cyclops there, cyclops there - oh my holy crap, surveillance does. I hate those..."

If you enjoyed Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre, you owe yourself the chance to discover this brilliantly ridiculous film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Following up something as beloved and a refreshingly quirky as “Napoleon Dynamite” was always going to be tough – and sure “Gentlemen Broncos” is working way too hard and infantile a lot of the time – but it still has its moments.

And as you can imagine it didn't do a huge amount of business on this side of the pond so it's hardly surprising to find that the 'UK' BLU RAY of it is AWOL despite promises it would eventually appear (to my knowledge it never did - hence all the ‘DVD’ reviews).

But therein lies a problem for British fans – the USA-only 20th Century Fox BLU RAY is REGION A LOCKED - so it won't play on UK machines unless they're chipped to play 'all regions' (which the vast majority aren't). BLU RAY players that have multi-region 'DVD' capacity won't work either.

So if you want this movie on BR – check your player’s Region acceptability first before buying.

Once again I’m afraid Region Coding is stymying fan's viewing pleasure...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wierd and wonderful 14 May 2012
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I have enjoyed other films by Jared Hess, the director, including Napoleon Dynamite - they are unusual and sometimes odd, but in an entertaining and often witty way.
The star of Gentlemen Broncos is very definitely Jemaine Clement of Flight of the Concords fame who I initally did not recognise, and the supporting cast are well chosen.
It is in some ways a very odd film and it is unlikely you will see another film quite like it: amusing, witty, entertaining and it will transport you to a land of wild fantasy writing and 'unusual' visual effects.
Not a 'must have' film, but well worth watching.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Everyone should see this film. Ace ace ace
Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and weird
Great offbeat humour from a little known movie. A spin off of "Gentlemen Broncos" would have been great. Sam Rockwell cracked me up everytime!
Published 7 months ago by Mark White
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed it
This movie seems to be universally despised by critics (Rotten Tomatoes gives it a squelchy 19%), but it made over $110m on a production budget of just $10m, so somebody liked... Read more
Published 9 months ago by SJJones
5.0 out of 5 stars MAGIC!
Tis is an unusual film that might warrant a second viewing but once you get the gist of it - you will love it. So funny!
Published 11 months ago by Vincent Bruno
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny, but not anywhere near Napoleon Dynamite or Nacho Libre
I bought this after looking Jermaine Clement up on Wikipedia, I'm a big fan of Flight of the Concords and Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre are my 2 favorite films so when I saw... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Paya
2.0 out of 5 stars bit s***
Wanted to like it more as it had some good ideas, worth a watch though its not worth much more than 2.
Published 14 months ago by paul mclean
5.0 out of 5 stars It's not quite Napoleon, but still great fun
Napoleon Dynamite is one of the funniest films of recent years. Amazingly well drawn, bizarre characters living in a world where they are normal because everyone is different. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Richard Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
buy this film, it's really really really good, I laughed a lot. not snot out of the nose roll around the floor type stuff but lots of churlish giggles and head nodding. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mr. R. Wood
1.0 out of 5 stars Seriously the worst film I have seen, futile, pretentious and...
I loved Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre was passable for a lazy Sunday film, but this is simply the worst film I have ever seen. Read more
Published on 11 May 2012 by L. Moreton
4.0 out of 5 stars Dynamite of a different kind
Being a huge fan of both the Hess' previous offerings: Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre, I was initially discouraged by the overwhelmingly negative response to this film, and... Read more
Published on 23 April 2012 by A. Gilmartin
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