Review: ‘Junior Bonner’

The latterday film genre of misunderstood-rodeo-drifter gets one of its best expositions in Junior Bonner. Steve McQueen stars handily in the title role.

The latterday film genre of misunderstood-rodeo-drifter gets one of its best expositions in Junior Bonner. Steve McQueen stars handily in the title role.

Jeb Rosebrook’s original screenplay, combined with uniformly adroit casting and sensitive direction, has the virtues of solid construction and economy of dialog. To be sure, the plot is somewhat biased in favor of the restless wanderings of McQueen, in that the alternatives are nearly caricature conformity; but overall there is a good balance.

Filmed in and around Prescott, Arizona, the film depicts the efforts of McQueen to look good in his hometown rodeo.

Director Sam Peckinpah’s reputation for violence is herein exorcised in the rodeo and brawl sequences. Audiences which consider such rough-and-tumble as innocuous, vicarious ventilation will get their fill, though others may perceive a bit more.

Junior Bonner

Production

ABC. Director Sam Peckinpah; Producer Joe W izan; Screenplay Jeb Rosebrook; Camera Lucien Ballard; Editor Robert Wolfe, Frank Santillo; Music Jerry Fielding; Art Director Edward S. Haworth

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1972. Running time: 100 MIN.

With

Steve McQueen Robert Preston Ida Lupino Ben Johnson Joe Don Baker Barbara Leigh
Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety

Loading