Bronco Billy (1980)




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Bronco Billy stars Clint Eastwood (who also directed) as the impresario of a seedy wild west show. Going along for the ride is spoiled socialite Sondra Locke, who is "initiated" by being pressed into service as the wrong end of a knife-throwing act. The rest of the troupe, like Eastwood himself, are losers in life who yearn for the freedom and opportunity of the long-gone Old West. Despite its raucous ad campaign, Bronco Billy is at base a wistful character study, avoiding the usual trappings of car chases and redneck villains and offering quiet chuckles instead of belly laughs. Unfortunately it failed to click with the public, compelling Eastwood to temporarily return to his old crash-bang-pow formula in his next few films.
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Clint Eastwood
as Bronco Billy
Sondra Locke
as Antoinette Lily
Geoffrey Lewis
as John Arlington
Scatman Crothers
as Doc Lynch
Sam Bottoms
as Leonard James
Samuel Bottoms
as Leonard James
Bill McKinney
as Lefty LeBow
Dan Vadis
as Chief Big Eagle
Sierra Pecheur
as Lorraine Running Water
Tanya Russell
as Doris Duke
William Prince
as Edgar Lipton
Tessa Richarde
as Mitzi Fritz
Walter Barnes
as Sheriff Dix
Beverlee McKinsey
as Irene Lily
Woodrow Parfrey
as Dr. Canterbury
Doug McGrath
as Lt. Wiecker
Pam Abbas
as Mother Superior
Hank Worden
as Station Mechanic
Douglas Copsey
as Reporter at Bank
Edye Byrde
as Eloise, Maid
John Wesley Elliott Jr.
as Sanatorium Attendant
George Orrison
as Cowboys at Bar
Chuck Hicks
as Cowboys at Bar
Bobby Hoy
as Cowboys at Bar
Jefferson Jewell
as Boy at Bank
Don Mummert
as Chauffeur
Lloyd Nelson
as Sanatorium Policeman
Sharon Sherlock
as License Clerk
James Simmerhan
as Bank Manager
Chuck Waters
as Bank Robber
Jenny Sternling
as Reporter at Sanitorium
Jerry Willis
as Bank Robber
Valerie Shanks
as Sister Maria
Jerry Wills
as Bank Robber
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Critic Reviews for Bronco Billy

All Critics (17)

Charming offbeat Western satire about a modern-day cowboy, directed and starring Clint Eastwood.

Full Review… | August 20, 2013
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

"The film's sweetly nostalgic tone also conveys Eastwood's deep love of the Wild West and the simple values of the old-fashioned cowboy characters who fantasize about inhabiting it. "

Full Review… | July 5, 2013

One of Clint Eastwood's most enjoyable films.

Full Review… | April 8, 2007

An affectionate ode to the fading myth of the American West.

Full Review… | May 3, 2005
Lessons of Darkness

Entertaining Eastwood, unusual subject matter.

January 5, 2005
Kansas City Kansan

Bronco Billy depicts a genuine screen hero who incarnates the place that cowboys occupy in our slow moving dreams.

Full Review… | January 29, 2004
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Audience Reviews for Bronco Billy


A tremendously enjoyable motion picture. One of Clint Eastwood`s best movies and best performances ever. A compelling, well-character drawn and heart-warming masterpiece. It`s wickedly funny, smart and wonderfully entertaining. Eastwood crafts one of his finest performances and possibly his most wonderful character. I loved it, it`s a beautiful blend of humor and drama. The film packs nothing but pure heart and surprises. Its grand entertainment at it`s finest.

Al S
Al S

Super Reviewer


a modern tale with a western feel, bronco billy tells an incredibly unique story with solid direction and a perfect blend of humor and drama. i REALLY want to know how billy got his rangler out of jail, but its obvious that eastwood left that one question unanswered to build on the effectiveness of billy's character. overall a solid film.

danny d
danny d

Super Reviewer

Clint Eastwood as an anachronistic cowboy in a modern day western that typically pines for the days when men were men etc. etc. Clint's likeable enough, Sondra Locke isn't.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

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