The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean Movie Review Summary

Actors: Paul Newman, Victoria Principal, Ava Gardner, Anthony Perkins

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The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972) is a farcical and revisionist Texas Western directed by John Huston, who also has a brief role in the film. Paul Newman plays the outlaw Roy Bean who arrives at an isolated tavern and brothel in 19th Century Texas. After being overwhelmed, robbed, and nearly killed by the uncivilized white inhabitants, Bean is saved by a young Mexican woman (Victoria Principal), who later becomes his common law wife. He returns to the place and kills his assailants in revenge, then decides to move into the house and become patron of the nearby Mexican village. Bean, who is an admirer of opera singer Lilly Langtry, finds an outdated law book and decides to establish his own brand of law in this otherwise uncivilized wilderness. A preacher (Anthony Perkins) who happens to pass through helps Bean bury the dead.
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When a band of outlaws arrives, Bean allows them to settle down and hires them as his marshals who will capture other suspected outlaws and bring them to town to be convicted and hanged. Their confiscated loot keeps Bean's and his marshals business going. Life in Langtry is enjoyable for Bean and everyone else time is passed with poker and cactus whiskey. With time more people and a watch bear -- arrive to settle down and Langtry becomes a flourishing little town where Bean is an unquestioned moral and legal authority.

This does not last forever, though, and with the arrival of more people, conflicts over authority arise especially with Frank Gass, a lawyer who dared to claim that he inherited the land from its former owner. Finally, one day after Bean returns from the nearby city he discovers that in his absence the town has elected a mayor. Bean feels that he has been cheated by his own townspeople and leaves.

With Bean, the Old West is driven out of the town. 20 years go by, and in the meantime -- under the influence of Frank Grass -- Langtry is invaded by greedy oil magnates who no longer ride horses and who work to transform the entire town into an oil refinery. Frank Gass has finally managed to take over the land in the interest of the oil barons, and only the owner of the Jersey Lily bar, Judge Bean;s daughter Rose, resists to giving up her place and is set to defend it to the last bullet.

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 50% Time/Era of Movie:    -   1900-1920's Western    -   Yes Kind of western:    -   hunting down outlaws    -   fighting bad business/family

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   politician/elected ruler Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Texas Small town?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   moving train

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately messy visuals of dead Kind of violence:    -   guns Unusual forms of death    -   hanging Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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