Junior Bonner

Junior Bonner

Sam Peckinpah (1972)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Sam Peckinpah was one of the most talented movie directors ever. He could be both tough (The Wild Bunch) and tender (The Ballad of Cable Hogue) and his best work shows a craftsmanship and understanding of film-making that barely exists in Hollywood today. Peckinpah was happiest among fellow professionals, and here he tells a tale of such a pro, the rodeo rider of the title, brilliantly played by Steve McQueen. As Junior tries to ride the unrideable, we watch his life pass by in the company of the superbly cast Robert Preston and Ida Lupino as his parents, Ace and Elvira Bonner, and Joe Don Baker as his venal brother Curly. The Todd-AO widescreen compositions lose considerable impact on television, but the substance endures.


An ageing rodeo rider returns to his home town to compete in the annual tournament. He is hoping to make some money and, at the same time, make peace with his estranged parents, only to find his once solid family has broken down - his parents are separated and his brother has become a ruthless real-estate tycoon. Western directed by Sam Peckinpah, starring Steve McQueen, Robert Preston, Ida Lupino and Joe Don Baker.

Cast & Crew

Junior `JR' Bonner Steve McQueen
Ace Bonner Robert Preston
Elvira Bonner Ida Lupino
Curly Bonner Joe Don Baker
Buck Roan Ben Johnson
Charmagne Barbara Leigh
Red Terwiliger Bill McKinney
Del Dub Taylor
Director Sam Peckinpah
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Cinerama LtdGuidance: Contains some swearing.Available on: video and DVD