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The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean 1972 123movies

The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean 1972 123movies

If this story ain't true... it shoulda been!Dec. 18, 1972120 Min.
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Watch: The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean 1972 123movies, Full Movie Online – 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..
Plot: Outlaw and self-appointed lawmaker, Judge Roy Bean, rules over an empty stretch of the West that gradually grows, under his iron fist, into a thriving town, while dispensing his his own quirky brand of frontier justice upon strangers passing by.
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The Law West of the Pecos
If you’re looking for a factual account of Judge Roy Bean, this is not the film. One has still to be made for veracity. You won’t find it in the old television series that starred Edgar Buchanan as the judge nor will you find it in the old William Wyler western, The Westerner, that got Walter Brennan an Academy Award for playing Roy Bean.

But if you’re looking for good rollicking entertainment than this is the film for you. I have to believe that Paul Newman must have loved making this film, because it allowed him to be colorful, outrageous, and overact like a ripe Virginia ham. John Huston as director doesn’t hold him in check in any way and the results are grand.

In fact the real Roy Bean (1825-1903) lived a good deal longer and had a longer career than what is shown here. He was probably more of a hell raiser than what Huston and Newman give us. He had more children than the one daughter played by Jacqueline Bisset towards the end of the film. Huston did incorporate some of the legend, it is true that he had a stiff neck as a result of a hanging attempt.

Please note that the real Bean did die in 1903 so the whole last 20 minutes or so of the film is pure fabrication. But it’s great stuff.

His obsession with fabled actress Lillie Langtry is also part of the Bean legend and it is true. They never did meet, but it is a fact that Lillie as played here by Ava Gardner did visit Bean’s town now named Langtry, Texas after Bean’s death here and in real life.

Victoria Principal made her screen debut in The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean as the woman who nurses him back to health after some unfriendly bandits nearly lynch him and who becomes his wife. It’s hard to believe that this is the same woman who played a much different Texas female in Pamela Barnes Ewing on Dallas.

Huston assembled a good supporting cast for Newman besides those I’ve mentioned, Anthony Perkins, Tab Hunter, Ned Beatty, Roy Jenson, Bill McKinney are some of them. My favorite is Stacy Keach as the crazed Albino killer who challenges Bean. His demise at Newman’s hands is the image I carry most from this film.

I think when you see The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean it will be the same for you.

Review By: bkoganbing
Now it can be told. This film is a mess.
*** SPOILERS ***

Near the end of this film, Paul Newman is playing a tense game of poker in his bar while the overwhelming forces of evil gather round in the darkened street outside, intent on burning him out or shooting him dead. “I call,” he says, to end the hand, and promptly lays down HIS cards. Is this story-telling at its best, or film-making at its sloppiest? By this time in the film, you know this is just sloppiness.

Director Huston labors valiantly and too obviously to make still another film about the Western code of the gun becoming obsolete at the turn of the century. Railroads and telegraph coming in, servants of regional and national companies rather than mom and pop entrepreneurs; administrative systems of government and law enforcement rather than marshals on horseback and circuit court justices; law books and defense counsel rather than kangaroo courts and quick-tempered frontier justice.

Where will there be a place for men like “Judge Roy Bean”, who built towns by stealing capital from those that the self-righteous disapproved of, and then doing away with their protestations by hanging them on little or no pretext.

He was a form of Robin Hood, only he robbed the helpless criminals to finance the sanctimonious, with a 40% commission for himself.

But just as we settle into a style that MIGHT have developed into something, despite the plot’s drawbacks, Huston decides it’s a Disney family comedy, and dumbs it down with a lovable beer drinking bear that knows exactly who to gore and slash and who to kiss and cuddle.

No, it’s a romance. With scenes right out of BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969) you can practically see the boys out with Ms. Katharine Ross on a bicycle, only this time its Victoria Principal, and it’s a see-saw and a swing instead of a bicycle. But the cuddle positions and camera angles are the same. Oh my grief.

No it’s an extended anecdote about how brave men of the outdoors can’t handle married life. The once-dangerous, once-feared members of Paul Newman’s posse become impotent, castrated, henpecked husbands, socially and then even politically inept at the hands of their devious, scheming wives. The wives were originally wholesale priced whores delivered to town in bulk and married off at gunpoint by the Judge to lower the stress levels within his jurisdiction. A decision that backfired to say the least.

And so it goes. For probably 20 or 30 minutes too long. Until Director Huston seems to “wake up” and realize that he had a story to tell — alas not a new one, nor did he have a new angle. He tries to rescue things by dumping the plot into the hands of Newman’s never seen, now 20-year old daughter. I leave it to you to watch for blunders in the final resolution.

Here are two example. A light-framed woman shoots off a .45 with no kick whatsoever. And another camera angle reveals that she is not even in the scene. She was either spliced in post production, or filmed on another sound-stage. Either way, she had no idea where to look so that her eyes could track the action. NOW THAT is not good story-telling.

I rented this film to round out my John Huston experience and I am still a devoted fan. But I sure think he was “out to lunch” on this one. You can’t lay all this at the feet of the dated style of 1970s film-making.

Review By: TimeForLime

Other Information:

Original Title The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean
Release Date 1972-12-18
Release Year 1972

Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr (120 min), 1 hr 45 min (105 min) (cut) (West Germany)
Budget 0
Revenue 0
Status Released
Rated PG
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director John Huston
Writer John Milius
Actors Paul Newman, Ava Gardner, Roy Jenson
Country United States
Awards Nominated for 1 Oscar. 3 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Website N/A

Technical Information:

Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Panavision Cameras and Lenses
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm

The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean 1972 123movies
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean 1972 123movies
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean 1972 123movies
Original title The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean
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