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. Written by
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When Judge Roy Bean goes out to the front of the courthouse to apologize to the women for calling them "whores", he takes his hat off and holds it against his chest. In the next shot, his hat is still in his hand. It subsequently returns to his head. See more »
Judge Roy Bean:
There is a reward - for the righteous, courageous and the loyal. And that reward includes beer.
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Truly an unusual film which defies categorization as myth, comedy, western, satire, or morality tale. Perhaps it's a synthesis of all of these. It should be pointed out that Roy Bean was an actual historical personage, but I have no idea how much of this story is rooted in the facts (somehow I suspect, not very much). Newman's portrayal of this thoroughly eccentric and morally confusing bandit-cum-lawman is thoroughly engrossing. The musical numbers by - of all people - Maurice Jarre are painfully superfluous, and Jacqueline Bissett is miscast as Bean's daughter (I mean, the accent - puhleeeez!). Also the business with the bear is a bit tedious, whether based in fact or not. Still, there is great work from Huston, Ned Beatty, Tony Perkins, and Roddy McDowell (Ava Gardner just doesn't have enough to do to make much of an impression). This colorfully offbeat effort from John Huston, who could never make a completely bad movie, is a personal favorite and is well worth watching.
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