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    bronco billy movie posterTitle: Bronco Billy

    Director: Clint Eastwood

    Starring: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis, Scatman Crothers, Bill McKinney

    Release Date: June 11, 1980 (USA)

    Running Time: 116 min

    Genres: Adventure, Drama, Romance, Comedy

     

    Commentary
    Bronco Billy is one of my favorite Clint Eastwood movies. He plays a cowboy who runs a traveling Western circus show around the country. He does a great acting job, as does Sondra Locke, who plays Antoinette Lilly, a rich but unhappy heiress from New York City who falls into his world. The movie is pure fun.

    Plot Summary
    Bronco Billy (Eastwood) runs a Wild West traveling show, but the show is not doing well. Antoinette Lilly is an unhappy rich heiress who's husband left her on her honeymoon without a penny. With no other choice, Antoinette ends up working for Billy in his show, despite his team's insistance that she's bad luck. Though very snobby and difficult at first, Antoinette eventually comes around to falling in love with Billy, and things quickly turn around from there.

    Social Relevance
    Bronco Billy has a lot of meaning to me, which I think also pertains to society at large. Running Water, an Indian girl in the show, explains to Antoinette that the idea behind Bronco Billy's Wild West Show is that you can be whatever you want - you just have to become it. This turns out to be a great inspiration for her, who's very disillusioned by her real life, as it turns out was everyone else in the show before they joined. In this way, I think the message behind Bronco Billy is to do what you want with your life, even if that means abandoning a life of luxury.

    Movie Clips

    Here's a clip of Lilly and her husband on their dreadful honeymoon.

     

     


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