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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 September 2009
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 September 2011
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
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 11 August 2004
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.
The acting is generally good throughout the cast of this film; Clint Eastwood as the mean (on the surface) fastest hands in the west Bronco Billy McCoy; Sondra Locke as the snobbish New Yorker Antoinette Lilly, who eventually falls in love with Billy and becomes a bit of a sweetheart; Scatman Crothers as the happy and smilie Doc Lynch; Bill McKinney as Lefty the guy who had his right arm blown off by a shotgun in a performance; and Dan Vadis as the Indian appachi cheif who continually gets bitten in his rattle snake performance.
Overall, 'Bronco Billy' is a really fun and enjoyable film that the whole family can sit down and enjoy and the kids especially can see some of the Clint magic. It just shows that Clint Eastwood is not all about violence as you can see in this film, and even without it, he can still put his mark on it with the one-liners and just his voice really. Recomended to all, especially if you are a Clint fan with kids.
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on 21 May 2015
"THAT'S NOT CLINT EASTWOOD" is what I hear when I ask people if they like films such as Play Misty For Me, HonkyTonk Man, The Bridges Of Maddison County, Bird, White Hunter Black Heart and Bronco Billy. Well, actually all of these fantastic movies are more Clint Eastwood than Dirty Harry. And that is because Eastwood is a master film maker, the best in my opinion and makes films like those because he wants to and is not hung up on if they will be a commercial success. I am not saying that the more popular films like Dirty Harry are any different in quality, just that some of Eastwoods choices are very personal. Those are the films I love the most. Well, I love all of Eastwoods films but the more low key ones are my favourites. The only exception is probably the masterpiece, Unforgiven which was a massive commercial and critical success. Just for the record, Eastwood has made many masterpieces, most recently, American Sniper (see my review for this and more Eastwood films).

Now, Bronco Billy may not be a masterpiece, but is pretty bloody perfect. It's such a great film that is very innocent but has real meaning to it. It's a story of a travelling wild west show run by Eastwoods character, Bronco Billy McCoy and his outfit of cowboys and Indians who are not really making any money and just doing the shows because they love it. The sub plot follows a snooty rich chick played by Sondra Locke who has married a guy for financial gains, played by the excellent long time Eastwood collaborator, Geoffrey Lewis. The scenes between him and Locke are very funny and well played. Billy is always on the lookout for a female assistant for the show and ends up with Locke when her husband does a runner. That's where the next part of the story takes off, the love story.

Don't get me wrong, the story has a bit of a dark streak with all of the Bronco Billy outfit being ex convicts and Billy himself having served time for attempted murder of his ex wife. Quite a sweet story when Billy explains himself. The other dark turn the fiilm takes is when Billy confronts the local sheriff with a "whos the quickest draw" situation. The scene is dealt with very efficiently and the viewer is left to decide what the outcome was. Typical Eastwood direction, trusting the audience to make their own decisions rather than handing everything on a plate. Eastwood is a very generous actor and director which I find it always a treat to watch his movies over and over.

The cast of Bronco Billy is excellent with many of the Eastwood team which is why his films have such good continuity. I actually took the time to go through the cast as follows: Geoffrey Lewis has also been in the following Eastwood pictures: High Plains Drifter, Thunderbolt And Lightfoot, Every Which Way But Loose, Any Which Way You Can and Pink Caddilac. Bill McKinney has also been in Every Which Way, Any Which Way, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Thunderbolt and The Gauntlet. Sondra Locke has both Clyde movies, Josey Wales, Gauntlet and Sudden Impact. The sheriff also plays Tank Murdock in Every Which Way, A thug who Billy beats up is also a thug in Sudden Impact who Dirty Harry beats the s**t of of. The mechanic in Billy is also in Every Which Way, the Doc also plays a small part in Josey Wales and Lefty in Bronco is one of the bikers in both Clyde films and in The Gauntlet. Wait there is more, with Sam Bottoms also in Joesy Wales and Eastwoods daughter, Allison in Billy, Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil, The Gauntlet and Absolute Power. Evety time I watch Bronco Billy I half expect Clyde the ape to stroll on screen.

Bronco is a simple and laid back film with heart and needs to be appreciated a lot more than it is. I urge everyone to watch it because it really is a great little film. Get the Clint Eastwood box set "35 Years, 35 Films" because it's perfect for any film fan and those who should start enjoying Clint's movies.

All we need now is a special edition of Bronco Billy with some new features. However, if you decide to buy that fantastic box set there is a nice full length doc included called The Eastwood Factor.
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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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on 10 February 2015
Bought to replace vhs tape of the same. Not popular with the critics on its release, but I thought he made it, slightly tongue-in-cheek, which I believe gave the film its own individual charm.
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on 15 January 2014
Great film and service even though
Post was busy I will buy again
Will reconmend that is all needs to say
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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on 23 September 2014
Sorry For Delay good Service Regards P brewer
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 15 April 2001
There aren't many films which can keep kids glued to the screen as much as Bronco Billy, but twenty years on this 'kids classic' is still delighting old and young alike.
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