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The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean
Actors: Paul Newman, Ava Gardner, Roy Jenson, Gary Combs, Fred Brookfield
Director: John Huston
Genres: Westerns, Comedy
PG     2003     2hr 0min

Roy Bean's life for a span of 30-odd years is recorded with all the excitement of the era.


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Actors: Paul Newman, Ava Gardner, Roy Jenson, Gary Combs, Fred Brookfield
Director: John Huston
Creators: Paul Newman, Richard Moore, Hugh S. Fowler, Frank Caffey, John Foreman, C.L. Sonnichsen, John Milius
Genres: Westerns, Comedy
Sub-Genres: Westerns, Romantic Comedies
Studio: Warner Home Video
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 06/03/2003
Original Release Date: 12/18/1972
Theatrical Release Date: 12/18/1972
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 2hr 0min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 26
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
Subtitles: Cantonese, English, French, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Taiwanese Chinese

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Member Movie Reviews

Rodney P. from BEAUMONT, TX
Reviewed on 10/16/2018...
great western that is both humorous and haunting
Karen R. from SALISBURY, MD
Reviewed on 12/23/2012...
My husband and I LOVE this movie; Paul Newman is excellent. It is funny and touching and everything you want a film about Judge Roy Bean to be.

Movie Reviews

"Law is the handmaiden of Justice."
OAKSHAMAN | Algoma, WI United States | 10/19/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is not only my favorite western, but it is also one of my favorite films. I don't buy a lot of videos to own, but I had to have this one in my permanent library. When the DVD comes out I'll be sure to get it, too.

When I first saw this in the theaters in '72 I was attracted by the action, the humor, and the sentimentality ( I still can't keep a dry eye when I watch the final scene with the watch bear....) As I got older I realised that there is a lot more to this movie. There is a consistent theme about Law and Justice, and the distinction between them.

When we first see Roy Bean he is a petty outlaw, less than a man. He has total contempt for law and justice, which he doesn't distinguish between. Then, when he first becomes a "Judge", it is in dubious title only- to fill his own pockets. As time goes on he intuitively dispenses true Justice in the name of the Law. By the final climactic scene, when asked who he is , he replies simply, "Justice." He has gone full cycle, from a scoff-law and less than a man, to the embodyment of Justice itself, to more than a man.

You'll notice that his chief adversary is a Lawyer Gass, a man that knows everything about the Law and nothing about Justice. A "man" that steals more with legal trickery than the old outlaws ever dreamed of stealing. It was this movie that made me see that Law is the creation of men, while Justice is an ideal that emanates directly from God.

I don't know if this is the theme that John Huston had in mind, but it is what I get out of it."
A Texan Reviews John Huston's Judge Roy Bean
John Stich | Austin, Texas | 06/16/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This ace of a flick really catches the spirit of the old judge who made his own law west of the Pecos. They don't make small colorful eccentric little films like this much these days. Everybody in the movie is right on the money too. A beautiful Jaqueline Bisset stars as the judge's tough assertive daughter. This must have been one of her earliest roles, and she turns in a fine endearing performance. And of course there are too many great names in this movie, Ned Beatty, Roddy McDowell, Stacey Keach, Tony Perkins, and of course Paul Newman as the judge himself. Do yourself a treat and pick this one up! You'll be glad you did."
A timeless treasure by one of Hollywood's greatest directors
Ghenghis | Monvolia | 12/13/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The 60's and early 70's produced several great comedic westerns i.e. Cheyenne Social Club, Dirty Dingus Magee, McClintock, Great Scout, The Rounders, Evil Roy Slade, Support Your Local, etc. The list goes on and on. Those movies were all great, but pretty much one dimensional and set the tone for some collective disappointment over the content of Judge Roy Bean. There are some great hilarious moments in this film but I never really got it until recently. It's actually a love story above all else, and a comedy, as well as John Huston's own statement about the retreating old west. If you view it in that context you'll be very impressed. If you're looking for pure comedy you may find that it drags in moments. However, this is the last time you'll get to see Paul Newman with that devilish Eddie Felson/Ben Quick light in his eyes, he was made for the part as a self-appointed and self-styled Judge/philosopher that dispenses justice to just about everyone that wanders through his town whether they deserve it or not. This film also showcases IMO the best villian of all time in Bad Bob, a murderous long haired psychotic albino come to lay ole' Beano to rest. Victoria Principal is so cute you just want to, well you'll see. Anyway, it's very funny but it is a love story. I found that rather distraction 30 years ago but I didn't get it. Well worth a watch."