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Bad Company

Bad Company (1972)

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Critic Reviews: 4
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Set during the Civil War, Bad Company stars Barry Brown as a Northern boy, Drew Dixon, who heads West to avoid getting drafted. He falls under the spell of Jake Rumsey (Jeff Bridges), an easygoing young con artist. Drew joins Jake's gang of boy bandits, who live by their wits and try to avoid confrontation with adult criminals like Big Joe (David Huddleston). It is Drew who must eventually save Jake from hanging, even though he realizes that his intervention could lead to his own execution. ~

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Western, Drama, Action & Adventure

Jun 4, 2002

Paramount Pictures

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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (1) | DVD (6)

Bad Company is an excellent film which combines wry humor and gritty action with in-depth characterizations of two youths on the lam in the Civil War west.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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Benton's first film, a Western good enough to make everything he has done since seem disappointing by comparison.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A naturalistic, irreverent and sometimes broadly comic view of a largely ignored aspect of the Civil War gives Bad Company a refreshingly good name.

May 21, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The movie is built as a series of more-or-less self-contained episodes, and the episodes that work are worth the effort.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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A highly engaging sleeper.

January 29, 2010 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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The ironic comical Western prides itself in taking on the Horatio Alger myth.

August 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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[A] smart, character-driven Western that plays a little like the undercover cop genre.

October 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

An easy watch, except for the annoying demeanour of its lead character.

March 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Comment (1)
Apollo Guide

Western addicts will find it refreshingly different from the norm, while its quirky comedy should attract non-fans of the genre.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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Audience Reviews for Bad Company

Bad Company was an awesome glimpse into one of Jeff Bridges earlier roles.

What I loved about this movie it the fact that it was filmed in 1972 giving it true western feel and realistic approach (likely because it wasn't filmed as much in Hollywood Studios as truly out in the open), but more so was, it was filmed before we lived in a overly sensitive society where as the movie was able to be completely gritty with the times using terms and outlooks to be as authentic as it truly would have been if you were actually watching these men in the 1860s.

The plot itself was a well done following of an Ohio Boy who started out as a good Christian Hillbilly who deserted before he was drafted into the Union Army; partially because of the sacrifices his family had already gave (his older brother). It truly captures the essence of the time and how many well-behaved individuals were changed into ruthless out-laws solely based on the ruthless era in which they lived.
May 24, 2012
bhobbs1985

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I first saw this one in 1972 and enjoyed it very much. Now, some 36 years later, I can honestly say that it's stood the test of time. It's a film that's shot mostly, if not entirely, on location so it never has that "studio" feel about it. It's gritty, it's unpolished, and it's wonderfully understated. You don't have to like westerns in order to enjoy and appreciate this one.
November 14, 2009
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Randy Tippy

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"Bad Company" seems to be the result of weak direction and a real lack of narrative cohesion, which seems to have been caused by poor editing. The story plays out in a somewhat enjoyably episodic fashion, but there's not much exposition or plot development and the tone changes so many times that it becomes confusing as to whether or not the film is to be taken seriously. Barry Brown and Jeff Bridges both have solid performances, which can't be said for most of the cast, and there are some good scenes and clever exchanges between the both of them, but overall, "Bad Company" is pretty unspectacular.
June 27, 2013
Stephen Earnest

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BAD COMPANY is a character study about how a good "Christian" boy, slowly becomes an outlaw. Of course he is aided on his life-altering journey, by the very untrustworthy and charismatic, Jake Rumsey (Jeff Bridges).
This is not your regular run-of-the-mill Western. The main characters draw a fine-line between good and bad, and the harsh realities of living during these tumultuous times. Are portrayed very realistically, almost too much so.
A great little gem that features a whole slew of great character actors. This is also an early look at a young Mr. Bridges, whose great acting prowess was evident, even back in 1972.
April 27, 2012
Jason Reneau

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