Bad Company (1972)
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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.
Benton's first film, a Western good enough to make everything he has done since seem disappointing by comparison.
A naturalistic, irreverent and sometimes broadly comic view of a largely ignored aspect of the Civil War gives Bad Company a refreshingly good name.
The movie is built as a series of more-or-less self-contained episodes, and the episodes that work are worth the effort.
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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.
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.
"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.
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