Das war Roy Bean (1972)

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Das war Roy Bean: Directed by John Huston. With Paul Newman, Roy Jenson, Gary Combs, Fred Brookfield. In Vinegaroon, Texas, former outlaw Roy Bean appoints himself the judge for the region and dispenses his brand of justice as he sees fit.

“The late 60u0026#39;s and early 70u0026#39;s produced several great comedic westerns i.e. Cheyenne Social Club, Dirty Dingus McGee, 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 and I never really got it until recently. Itu0026#39;s actually a love story, and a comedy as well as John Hustonu0026#39;s own statement about the retreating old west. If you view it in that context youu0026#39;ll be very impressed. If youu0026#39;re looking for pure comedy you may find that it drags in moments. However, this is the last time youu0026#39;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. And Judge Bean also showcases IMO the best villian of all time in Bad Bob, a murderous long haired psychotic albino come to lay oleu0026#39; Beano to rest. Victoria Principal is so cute you just want to, well youu0026#39;ll see. Anyway, itu0026#39;s very funny but it is a love story. I found that rather distraction 30 years ago but I didnu0026#39;t get it. Well worth a watch. 9/10”


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