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Sam Peckinpah eschews his slow-motion bullet ballets for this quiet character study of ex-rodeo cowboy turned drifter Junior Bonner (Steve McQueen), who returns home to Arizona to reconcile with the family he hasn't seen in years. Bonner is shocked to see that the solid family he was hoping to come back to is breaking apart. His parents, Ace (Robert Preston) and Elvira (Ida Lupino), have separated, and his brother Curley (Joe Don Baker) has turned into a heartless real estate tycoon, parceling off sections of his parent's land for quick money. With nowhere to turn and nowhere to run, Bonner has to face himself and try to find a way to regain his self-respect. He is given that opportunity at the town's Fourth of July Rodeo, where he is determined to mount and ride and unrideable bull. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:August 2, 1972


Steve McQueen
as Junior Bonner
Robert Preston
as Ace Bonner
Ida Lupino
as Elvira Bonner
Ben Johnson
as Buck Roan
Joe Don Baker
as Curly Bonner
Barbara Leigh
as Charmagne
Sundown Spencer
as Nick Bonner
Matthew Peckinpah
as Tim Bonner
Casey Tibbs
Charles Gray
as Burt
Dub Taylor
as Bartender
Don "Red" Barry
as Homer Rutledge
Mary Murphy
as Ruth Bonner
Sandra Deel
as Nurse Arlis
Bill McKinney
as Red Terwilliger
Rita Garrison
as Flashy Girl in Bar


Sam Peckinpah
Joe Wizan
Michael Borofsky
Jeb Rosebrook
Lucien Ballard
Jerry Fielding
Composer (Music Score)
Mickey Borofsky
Associate Producer
Jerry Wunderlich
Set Designer
Angelo P. Graham
Set Designer
Richard Portman
Sound/Sound Designer
Frank Kowalski
Second Unit Director