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The Jack Bull (1999)

After being wrongfully denied justice, a horse trader seeks his own justice on a treacherous rancher.

Director:

John Badham

Writers:

Heinrich von Kleist (book), Dick Cusack
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cusack ... Myrl Redding
John Goodman ... Judge Tolliver
L.Q. Jones ... Henry Ballard
Miranda Otto ... Cora Redding
John C. McGinley ... Woody
John Savage ... Slater
Rodney A. Grant ... Billy
Kurt Fuller ... Conrad
Rex Linn ... Shelby Dykes
Jay O. Sanders ... Atty. Gen. Metcalfe
Drake Bell ... Cage Redding
Nick Gillie ... Ollie (as Nicholas E. Gillie)
Duncan Fraser ... Edsel Fraser
Ken Pogue ... Judge Wilkins
Glenn Morshower ... Col. Jeffries (as Glen Morshower)
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Storyline

The Jack Bull tells the story of Myrl Redding, a Wyoming horse trader who clashes with Henry Ballard, a fellow rancher, after Ballard abuses two of Myrl's horses and their Crow Indian caretaker, Billy. When Judge Wilkins throws out Myrl's complaint, the war he wages to force Ballard to nurse the emaciated animals back to health escalates into a vigilante manhunt, murder and the possible defeat of Wyoming's bid for statehood. Written by Anonymous

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All men want justice. Few are willing to pay the price.

Genres:

Drama | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some Western violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jack Bull See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The title is derived from the names of two dog breeds - Jack Russell and Bulldog. Myrl Redding (John Cusack) is said to have the tenacity of a Jack Russell and the strength of a bulldog when angered. See more »

Goofs

At the pivotal moment of the hanging, the safety rig is clearly seen behind the noose, holding up Myrl's suit jacket at the collar. See more »

Quotes

Judge Tolliver: Myrl Redding didn't fail the law. The law failed Myrl.
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Connections

Version of Michael Kohlhaas - Der Rebell (1969) See more »

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Ring them Bells
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Performed by Bob Dylan
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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Forget it's a western--transcends the genre.
22 August 2002 | by speechmastersSee all my reviews

Fifteen minutes into almost any movie I find myself saying, `Well, I don't care what happens to Any of these characters.' With this film, I found myself caring about Every character. Even the bad guys. Even the characters walking by in the background. The acting in this film is uniformly excellent. Like an ensemble theatre piece. Much has been written here about the men, but Miranda Otto as Cusack's wife is luminescent. She clearly is the light of his life, and she lights up the screen for every second of every scene she is in--who wouldn't love this woman? The actress with only one scene begging she not be burned out of her house. The actress with only one scene who comes to the aid after a carriage accident in Cheyenne. The character landscape is rich and deep. You'll recognize many venerable character actors, like the always reliable Ken Pogue as the bad judge. In the leads, John Cusack, John Goodman, and John C. McGinley invest a depth of feeling that anchors the story. L.Q. Jones and John Savage are a pair of richly textured villains. This film is a feast of fine performances, from the briefest day players to the many layered leads.


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