Bad Company Reviews

  • Oct 21, 2020

    A tale of how young in's became outlaws out west. Really, I didn't care for it when not much happened. Nor was there much redeeming to the realism.

    A tale of how young in's became outlaws out west. Really, I didn't care for it when not much happened. Nor was there much redeeming to the realism.

  • Jan 30, 2020

    I'm digging the whole 70's cynical play around vibe of this movie and the whole Western feel to it. It feels authentic with all the attention to detail. Jesus, what a degenerate Bridges' character is. He doesn't give a damn. This Dixon kid made a mistake joining this band of misfits. That scene where Bridge's character is cutting up the rabbit was priceless. You get to see how inexperienced in the real world all these kids really are. Jake's got a lot to learn from Dixon. Jake's way too quick to take the dishonest way. Oh my god! I was not expecting that kid's head to get blown off. Kind of funny the whole thing. The expression on his face and how he was just stealing a pie. It's funny how even though they had guns, they still decided to throw rocks at one another. It just goes to show how juvenile and underdeveloped their minds still are. They're not prepared to shoot a gun or take someone's life. I love how movies back in the 70's had a very real and rawness to them (ex: Taxi Driver, Midnight Cowboy, Godfather). You get the sense that people weren't scared to go there. To get that real without being too depressing or overly dark. Just show it the way that it would be in real life. That's something I can appreciate. Of course I'm talking about the scene with the brothers hanging from the tree and the boy getting shot for stealing the pie. I think part of the reason Dixon always came back to Jake was because he probably reminded him of his deceased brother. Really great little Western movie and a breakout role for Jeff Bridges. The actor who played Dixon also did a terrific job. All around great acting, authentic set pieces and a great story line.

    I'm digging the whole 70's cynical play around vibe of this movie and the whole Western feel to it. It feels authentic with all the attention to detail. Jesus, what a degenerate Bridges' character is. He doesn't give a damn. This Dixon kid made a mistake joining this band of misfits. That scene where Bridge's character is cutting up the rabbit was priceless. You get to see how inexperienced in the real world all these kids really are. Jake's got a lot to learn from Dixon. Jake's way too quick to take the dishonest way. Oh my god! I was not expecting that kid's head to get blown off. Kind of funny the whole thing. The expression on his face and how he was just stealing a pie. It's funny how even though they had guns, they still decided to throw rocks at one another. It just goes to show how juvenile and underdeveloped their minds still are. They're not prepared to shoot a gun or take someone's life. I love how movies back in the 70's had a very real and rawness to them (ex: Taxi Driver, Midnight Cowboy, Godfather). You get the sense that people weren't scared to go there. To get that real without being too depressing or overly dark. Just show it the way that it would be in real life. That's something I can appreciate. Of course I'm talking about the scene with the brothers hanging from the tree and the boy getting shot for stealing the pie. I think part of the reason Dixon always came back to Jake was because he probably reminded him of his deceased brother. Really great little Western movie and a breakout role for Jeff Bridges. The actor who played Dixon also did a terrific job. All around great acting, authentic set pieces and a great story line.

  • Jun 23, 2019

    Wonky movie that stays entertaining, only slightly funny in my opinion.

    Wonky movie that stays entertaining, only slightly funny in my opinion.

  • Apr 12, 2019

    Missing something but 2nd tier watchable. (Musical score could be better..and softer in spots!).

    Missing something but 2nd tier watchable. (Musical score could be better..and softer in spots!).

  • Feb 23, 2019

    One of the best and unjustly ignored films of its day. A beautiful revisionist Western. The non-pop song real version of Butch and Sundance. Gritty and beautiful cinematography. Two tremendous performances.

    One of the best and unjustly ignored films of its day. A beautiful revisionist Western. The non-pop song real version of Butch and Sundance. Gritty and beautiful cinematography. Two tremendous performances.

  • Jul 04, 2018

    Saw this when it 1st came out. Goddamn, I'm old. One of my favorite off-the-beaten path westerns of all time...

    Saw this when it 1st came out. Goddamn, I'm old. One of my favorite off-the-beaten path westerns of all time...

  • Feb 13, 2017

    I'm normally not a fan of the 70's revisionist or "acid" westerns because they normally just revel in their mire and "authenticity" and demythologizing the west in favor of making an interesting film. Bad Company is clearly a product of that era, but it escapes the traps that makes most of those movies a snore. The characters are great and the story is fun. We laugh at the lack of knowledge these young city guys have about all the stuff other gruff n tough guys in the western movies have known all their lives. The film has a lot to say about youthful inexperience in general. Also of importance, Gordon Willis (of The Godfather fame) does the cinematography here and it is worth the price of admission alone. This came out the same year The Godfather did, and that same super cool lighting technique is here in its entirety. It looks like a western Godfather. I kept saying it looked like The Godfather before I was even aware Willis had actually worked on it. Really superb work from him. Also, can't beat a good young Jeff Bridges performance!

    I'm normally not a fan of the 70's revisionist or "acid" westerns because they normally just revel in their mire and "authenticity" and demythologizing the west in favor of making an interesting film. Bad Company is clearly a product of that era, but it escapes the traps that makes most of those movies a snore. The characters are great and the story is fun. We laugh at the lack of knowledge these young city guys have about all the stuff other gruff n tough guys in the western movies have known all their lives. The film has a lot to say about youthful inexperience in general. Also of importance, Gordon Willis (of The Godfather fame) does the cinematography here and it is worth the price of admission alone. This came out the same year The Godfather did, and that same super cool lighting technique is here in its entirety. It looks like a western Godfather. I kept saying it looked like The Godfather before I was even aware Willis had actually worked on it. Really superb work from him. Also, can't beat a good young Jeff Bridges performance!

  • Sep 12, 2016

    Written and directed by Robert Benton, Bad Company is about a goody two shoes kid who dodges the draft. He gets robbed by young con artist Jake (a young and good Jeff Bridges), and then they cross paths and fists again. This time Drew joins Jake and his little band of thieves, and they have misadventures while trying to get money, steal pies, and survive being found by the army. The movie can be brutal and poignant at times (rabbit scene), but overall the sum of its parts is weakened by the lead actor who isn't very strong or well developed. It had the potential to be more but falls short.

    Written and directed by Robert Benton, Bad Company is about a goody two shoes kid who dodges the draft. He gets robbed by young con artist Jake (a young and good Jeff Bridges), and then they cross paths and fists again. This time Drew joins Jake and his little band of thieves, and they have misadventures while trying to get money, steal pies, and survive being found by the army. The movie can be brutal and poignant at times (rabbit scene), but overall the sum of its parts is weakened by the lead actor who isn't very strong or well developed. It had the potential to be more but falls short.

  • Jul 27, 2015

    Episodic adventures of a group of young men trying to escape and survive in a time of forced drafting for the civil war. It mainly focuses on the relationship between the two leads who come from different backgrounds but are ultimately in the same boat. Employing the usual western scenery without all the usual western trappings makes for an easy going, enjoyable film.

    Episodic adventures of a group of young men trying to escape and survive in a time of forced drafting for the civil war. It mainly focuses on the relationship between the two leads who come from different backgrounds but are ultimately in the same boat. Employing the usual western scenery without all the usual western trappings makes for an easy going, enjoyable film.

  • May 20, 2015

    good historical drama

    good historical drama