The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)

Starring: PN, Stacy Keach, Victoria Principal, Jacqueline Bisset, Ava Gardner

Directed by: John Huston

Summary: When Roy Bean is attacked and left for dead by the drunken locals of a small desolate Texas town, he swears vengeance. He not only takes the law into his own hands, he makes it up as he goes along. He instates himself as "Judge" and creates the town from the ground up. Based on true events, the film begins with the disclaimer: may not have been the way it was, but it's the way it should have been.

Quote:"I'd take you in my court and try you and hang you, but if you've got money for whiskey, I guess we can dispose with those evils."

"Do you have anything before we find you guilty?"

Trivia:Jacqueline Bisset (with quite possibly the worst accent ever put on film) plays Roy Bean's daughter in this one... 8 years later, she'll play his love interest in When Time Ran Out!

The Newman Factor & Rating: I found the story strange but it did provide some interesting characterizations: Stacy Keach as an albino gunslinger, Victoria Principal as Roy Bean's young Mexican mistress, and Ava Gardner as the infamous "Jersey Lily". PLN: 6, Film: 5.

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