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The Resurrection of Broncho Billy (1970)

The story of a young man (Johnny Crawford) who dreams of being a cowboy in the old west, but lives in a big city in present time.

Director:

James R. Rokos

Writers:

John Carpenter (story), Nick Castle (story) | 3 more credits »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Johnny Crawford ... Broncho Billy
Kristin Harmon ... The Girl (as Kristin Nelson)
Ruth Hussey ... Voice Over
Ricky Nelson ... Voice Over
Wild Bill Tucker Wild Bill Tucker ... Old Timer
Ray Montgomery ... Store Owner
Merry Scanlon Merry Scanlon ... Counter Girl
Nancy Wible Nancy Wible ... Landlady
Lee Hammerschmitt Lee Hammerschmitt ... Stockboy
Billy Lechner Billy Lechner ... Business Man
Robert Courtleigh Robert Courtleigh ... Bartender
Henry S. Schley Henry S. Schley ... Drunk
John Dunwoody John Dunwoody ... Big Thug
Steve Crumm Steve Crumm ... 2nd Thug
Two Bits Two Bits ... Horse
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The story of a young man (Johnny Crawford) who dreams of being a cowboy in the old west, but lives in a big city in present time.

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The Academy Award Winning sepia-toned tribute to the Old West and Western films

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Short | Western

Certificate:

G
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 June 1970 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$2,500 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Poignant portrait...
8 February 2002 | by poe426See all my reviews

*** Spoilers*** Caught this one when PBS ran a series in the late '70's focusing on Academy Award-winning shorts. THE RESURRECTION OF BRONCO BILLY paints a poignant portrait of a lonely young man whose wistful daydreams slam head-on into harsh reality. His room is wall-papered with western posters; he imagines himself (while standing on a street corner waiting for a light to change) facing off against another gunslinger (they walk toward one another when the light changes, in classic gunfighter fashion- and then abruptly brush past each other); in the final scene, he is soundly beaten by bullies... but has a final fade-out fantasy of himself as a gallant horseman sweeping a beautiful damsel off her feet. Outstanding even among an entire series of Academy Award-winners, THE RESURRECTION OF BRONCO BILLY is the kind of short aspiring filmmakers should seek out and study.


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