A no account outlaw establishes his own particular brand of law and order and builds a town on the edges of civilization in this farcical western. With the aid of an old law text and unpredictable notions Roy Bean distinguishes between lawbreakers and lawgivers by way of his pistols.
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The Life and Times of Judge Roy BeanDirected byJohn Huston
Huston achieves a curious feat: as Bean finds his jurisdiction challenged by railroad men, oil speculators, and moral crusaders (ever the symbols of the dying west), we start to sympathize with the declining judge.
Cinematography by Richard Moore. "Desire" list. Another Paul Newman, two years after his 2nd film as director, the beautiful "Sometimes a Great Notion", that could also be in this list. But the fact is that in his forties the western characters become him very well and this one or Altman's "Buffalo Bill and the Indians" could be a right choice for this righteous man.
I'm sure that the scene with Bad Bob was an inspiration for Samuel Raimi's The Quick and the Dead. Even the huge hole in Bad Boy's chest is Raimiesque. Cinema always rises from its own ashes like the Phoenix. Recommended.
John Huston directed this irreverent western farce that's both a raucous send-up of Hollywood western conventions and an offbeat ode to an America past. The all-star cast is universally in top comic form, aided in no small part by a strong, sharp screenplay by John Milius. Another classic from Huston.
Judge Roy Bean is a brilliant comedic western that depicts the absurdity of American society's growth & its mixed results. Rich in irony, humor, & pathos, the film was written as a deranged drama by John Milius but as directed by Huston it becomes a bittersweet farce. Thank Goodness he didn't get his way. It also has one of Newman's best performances & it's got the best performance by a bear in a movie by far.
Bonkers! Loved it. So much fun, so many delightful touches, so many moments of pathos and humour and sadness. Newman is just the shit in this role. His speech about Ms Lily Langtree and the Greeks made sense coming from the mouth of this movie star. A lesson in love.