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J.W. Coop (1971)

J.W. Coop (1971)

J.W. Coop





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Cliff Robertson co-wrote, directed, and starred in this meditative mood piece whose reflective modern day western aura has its origins in David Miller's The Lonely Are the Brave. Robertson plays J. W. Coop, a rodeo rider who returns to the outside world after spending ten years in prison for writing bad checks. During Coop's time in jail, both the world and the rodeo-riding circuit have drastically changed, and Coop must somehow adapt himself to a new reality -- jet-setting rodeo riders and liberated women. As Coop struggles to adjust, he forms a relationship with Bean (Christina Ferrare). With her help, he decides to enter a national rodeo championship.more
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Western, Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Cliff Robertson, Bud Shrake, Gary Cartwright
On DVD: Jun 1, 2004
Sony Pictures Entertainment


Cliff Robertson
as J.W. Coop
R.G. Armstrong
as Jim Sawyer
R.L. Armstrong
as Tooter Watson
Wade Crosby
as Billy Sol Gibbs
Paul Harper
as Warden Morgan
Son Hooker
as Motorcycle Cop
Bruce Kirby
as Diesel Driver
Claude Stroud
as Rodeo Manager
Taylor Wayne
as Gas Station Attendan...
Dennis Reiners
as Billy Hawkins
Larry Clayman
as Finals Clown
Larry Mahan
as Himself
John Ashby
as Johnny
Mary-Robin Redd
as Bonnie May
Velma Cooper
as Maylene
Jim Madland
as Himself
Sharron Rae
as Herself
Quail Dobbs
as Woodlake Clown
Kathy Beaudine
as Young Fan
Sandy Dempsey
as Cabaret Dancer
Judy Farrell
as Barmaid
Charles Knapp
as Bar Owner
Gus Peters
as Deputy
Lex Connelly
as Announcer
Johnnie Jackson
as Announcer
Mel Lambert
as Announcer
Clem McSpadden
as Announcer
Gary Leffew
as Rodeo Rider
John Wilson
as Rodeo Rider
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Critic Reviews for J.W. Coop

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Robertson's effortless natural performance is the film's best asset.

Full Review… | April 26, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

January 17, 2008

Audience Reviews for J.W. Coop


Ambles along without a much focus and be warned the ending is a real downer. Decent acting but apparently Geraldine Page was given second billing because of her stature, she is in the film briefly at the beginning and then vanishes from the picture.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Reasonable slice-of-life portrait of a rodeo rider whose world has passed him by while he did a stint in jail. The movie has a number of interesting moments, along with quite a few that seem pretty scripted. All in all, unique film that is worth a look if it's on late at night.

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