Bronco Billy Movie Review Summary

Actors: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis, Scatman Crothers, Sam Bottoms

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This is a light pseudo-Western comedy directed by Clint Eastwood who also plays the main character, Bronco Billy McCoy. Bronco Billy, a former conman, tries to make a living traveling through rural and small-town regions with his little Wild West Show, playing at various county fairs, churches and orphanages. Though profits are meager, and Bronco Billy struggles to keep the business going and get his troupe paid on time, he manages to sustain a high morale among the people of his outfit. This is so because they know that he would do anything to help them out in case they run into trouble, and because he has given them a home in which each of them can what they want to, whether it be Indian or cowboy. He enjoys as much loyalty and dedication from them as they can expect from him in return.
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Thus, despite monetary troubles the troupe enjoys a harmonious family life together until Bronco Billy meets Antoinette Lily at a local gas station and, always looking for a female assistant for his artistic performance as a cowboy, invites her to join the outfit. Antoinette is a young, pretty but mean-spirited upper class New York heiress who just got married in order to fulfill the conditions her father had imposed on her in his will that she should be married before the age of 30. Unfortunately for her, her husband John left during their wedding night taking with him all her belongings; lacking even a dime for a phone call to her relatives in New York, she reluctantly accepts Bronco Billy's offer to be his assistant at the Wild West Show. Though she does show some talent as a performer, her spoiled and arrogant behavior puts off the other members of the crew, who soon decide that Antoinette is bad luck for the troupe.

Meanwhile, John is caught and arrested on his way to Mexico; Antoinette's jewelry is found with him. The FBI and Antoinette's relatives believe that he has killed Antoinette. While this is not true, a family lawyer tricks John into making a confession that he killed Antoinette in a state of temporary insanity. John is placed in a sanatorium for criminally insane patients for life, and the inheritance is passed on to Antoinette's stepmother Irene, who had been after the money from the beginning. When Antoinette sees the headlines about her alleged murder in the newspaper, she realizes that it might not be a good idea to go home at this point and prefers to stay with Bronco Billy's Wild West Show instead. With time, she learns to appreciate her new colleagues, falls in love with Bronco Billy, and changes from a spoiled, mean, and sarcastic upper class kid into a caring and sensitive young woman. But Antoinette's and Bronco Billy's romance is threatened when the troupe happens to perform at the very sanatorium where Antoinette's husband John has been placed.

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   circus

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   cowboy Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Misc setting    -   mental hospital

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing Any profanity?    -   None

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