USA Today - 05/22/1998
"...This jewel about an aging rodeo star come home to Prescott, Ariz., is one of Steve McQueen's best..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Steve McQueen is at his "rugged best" (Entertainment Weekly) in this captivating tale of a fading rodeo champion from acclaimed director Sam Peckinpah and screenwriter Jeb Rosebrook. Co-starring Robert Preston and Ida Lupino in "excellent, well-turned" (Variety) performances, Junior Bonner is "an extraordinarily graceful yet unflinching rendering of a slice of Americana" (Los Angeles Times).
With his bronco-busting career on its last legs, Junior Bonner (McQueen) heads to his hometown to try his luck in the annual rodeo. But his fond childhood memories are shattered when he finds his family torn apart by his greedy brother and hard-drinking father. Now Junior must break the wildest bull in the West to bring his family together for one final moment of cowboy glory in the roughest, rowdiest ride of his life!
Mc Queen is Junior Bonner, an aging rodeo champ who returns to his home town to participate in the annual rodeo. He finds his family estranged, does what he can to help, and then moves on...after some good rodeo riding and a few brawls.
The title character is a fading rodeo star who returns to his hometown to prove he still has the makings of a champion. To do so, however, he must face one of the local rodeo's most terror-inspiring bulls.
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Color by Movielab. Shot in Todd-AO 35 anamorphic process.
Shot on location in Prescott, Arizona.
Additional cast: Barbara Leigh (Charmagne); Sandra Deel (Nurse); Donald Barry (Rutledge); Sundance Spencer (Brother's Daughter); and Rita Garrison (Girl in Bar).
Additional credits: Rod Hart (songs) and Larry Hooberry (sound).