The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean Reviews

  • Apr 16, 2021

    Paul Newman stars as former lawbreaker turned judge in the mythical gun toting Hollywood old west. Through a series of made up pastiches in the first 75 minutes the movie's plot slowly progresses as Judge Bean's fixation on Lillie Langtry is developed and he dispenses his brand of justice for personal profit. As the movie ends the skits get increasingly unbelievable even with suspenders of disbelief on. Jacqueline Bisset appears in the final 40 minutes of the film with her incongruous English accent. The only thing that saves the movie is the acting and characters in the movie.

    Paul Newman stars as former lawbreaker turned judge in the mythical gun toting Hollywood old west. Through a series of made up pastiches in the first 75 minutes the movie's plot slowly progresses as Judge Bean's fixation on Lillie Langtry is developed and he dispenses his brand of justice for personal profit. As the movie ends the skits get increasingly unbelievable even with suspenders of disbelief on. Jacqueline Bisset appears in the final 40 minutes of the film with her incongruous English accent. The only thing that saves the movie is the acting and characters in the movie.

  • Mar 04, 2020

    All the worse things of a dated 70's western. Ridiculous and not in a good way.

    All the worse things of a dated 70's western. Ridiculous and not in a good way.

  • Jan 15, 2020

    This is a classic early 1970's film that captures the ethos of its time. Wonderful music and a great example of the comedic Western genre. It is no wonder that Quinten Tarantino used the 'Miss Lily Langtree' song in his film 'Once upon a time in Hollywood'. A great cast. Of particular note is Stacy Keach as Bad Bob! A classic late 20th century work.

    This is a classic early 1970's film that captures the ethos of its time. Wonderful music and a great example of the comedic Western genre. It is no wonder that Quinten Tarantino used the 'Miss Lily Langtree' song in his film 'Once upon a time in Hollywood'. A great cast. Of particular note is Stacy Keach as Bad Bob! A classic late 20th century work.

  • Nov 29, 2019

    Between 2.5 and 3 stars. Irregular in many aspects.

    Between 2.5 and 3 stars. Irregular in many aspects.

  • Jul 19, 2019

    Vinegaroon law goes like this. Penalty for stealing whiskey: hanging. Penalty for not cutting the judge in on a bank heist: hanging. Penalty for speaking ill of New York actress Lillie Langtry: shooting. Then hanging. Paul Newman joins director John Huston, screenwriter John Milius and a cast of superb sidewinders to turn the real-life Wild West into a tall tale of a Wilder West. Newman tackles with gusto the title role, a self-made man who proclaims himself the law west of the Pecos, writes admiring letters to Langry (Ava Gardner) and rides into gun-blazing glory whooping "For Texas and Miss Langtry!" Prepare yourself for some colorful adventures. Because these bright talents cast long shadows.

    Vinegaroon law goes like this. Penalty for stealing whiskey: hanging. Penalty for not cutting the judge in on a bank heist: hanging. Penalty for speaking ill of New York actress Lillie Langtry: shooting. Then hanging. Paul Newman joins director John Huston, screenwriter John Milius and a cast of superb sidewinders to turn the real-life Wild West into a tall tale of a Wilder West. Newman tackles with gusto the title role, a self-made man who proclaims himself the law west of the Pecos, writes admiring letters to Langry (Ava Gardner) and rides into gun-blazing glory whooping "For Texas and Miss Langtry!" Prepare yourself for some colorful adventures. Because these bright talents cast long shadows.

  • Mar 13, 2019

    The Life and Times of Jude Roy Bean is a decent film. It is about former outlaw Roy Bean who appoints himself the judge for the region of West Texas and dispenses his brand of justice as he sees fit. Paul Newman and Ava Gardner give good performances. The screenplay is a little slow in places. John Huston did an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture because of the drama.

    The Life and Times of Jude Roy Bean is a decent film. It is about former outlaw Roy Bean who appoints himself the judge for the region of West Texas and dispenses his brand of justice as he sees fit. Paul Newman and Ava Gardner give good performances. The screenplay is a little slow in places. John Huston did an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture because of the drama.

  • Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
    Feb 09, 2019

    John Huston and Paul Newman, et al, team-up to relate the story about Texas' infamous hanging judge. Well, that's the idea. What we get instead is sort of a barroom myth ala Paul Bunyan, that leans into cuddly sentimentality a shade too much. Despite the heavy hitters, this one is forgettable.

    John Huston and Paul Newman, et al, team-up to relate the story about Texas' infamous hanging judge. Well, that's the idea. What we get instead is sort of a barroom myth ala Paul Bunyan, that leans into cuddly sentimentality a shade too much. Despite the heavy hitters, this one is forgettable.

  • Aug 02, 2016

    An offbeat western. A great performance by Paul Newman

    An offbeat western. A great performance by Paul Newman

  • Jul 14, 2016

    The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean is an interesting western for sure. Roy Bean comes into a bar in the middle of nowhere and gets beaten and robbed, and they try to lynch him via horse. After getting sunburned and almost killed, a Mexican woman gives him a gun and he goes for vengeance. Titling himself a Judge, he decides to become the leader of the land, to make right law and order with an iron vigilante fist. He makes some quick deputies and they hang anyone they please, and have crazy adventures and deal with many zany things, such as a younger Stacy Keach as Bad Bob, a nasty albino and a also a bear. The movie jumps ahead and talks about the changing times, and its a violent but interesting look at civilization and justice.

    The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean is an interesting western for sure. Roy Bean comes into a bar in the middle of nowhere and gets beaten and robbed, and they try to lynch him via horse. After getting sunburned and almost killed, a Mexican woman gives him a gun and he goes for vengeance. Titling himself a Judge, he decides to become the leader of the land, to make right law and order with an iron vigilante fist. He makes some quick deputies and they hang anyone they please, and have crazy adventures and deal with many zany things, such as a younger Stacy Keach as Bad Bob, a nasty albino and a also a bear. The movie jumps ahead and talks about the changing times, and its a violent but interesting look at civilization and justice.

  • May 25, 2016

    Fun movie. Newman gives a great performance. Luv the bear

    Fun movie. Newman gives a great performance. Luv the bear