At the Circus Blogathon – Bronco Billy (1980)


This is the second of two posts that are part of the At the Circus Blogathon being held by Le of Critica Retro and Summer of Serendipitous Anachronisms.

Tnx for letting me take part ladies!

bronco_billy“Do you understand what Bronco Billy and the wild west show are all about? You can be anything you want. All you have to do is go out and become it!” – Lorraine Running Water

Number of Times Seen – 1 (10 Nov 2016)

Brief Synopsis – A wealthy heiress gets stranded in a town in Idaho and joins a traveling circus as an assistant in order to get back home.

My Take on it – This film is one that I’ve been meaning to watch for a while because of the fact that Clint Eastwood both directed and starred in this film and I liked the idea of seeing him as a modern cowboy.

Unfortunately, the movie is pretty average and the storyline stays pretty monotonous the whole way through.

They do a fine job depicting a modern traveling circus and it is somewhat reminiscent of the kinds of circuses that I use to attend as a kid in the 80’s when the state fair would appear.

Eastwood has great chemistry with co-star Sondra Locke, but that isn’t a major feat since the two were a couple at the time that they made this film.

This is interesting because the truth is their characters are so different and one shouldn’t expect there to be chemistry between them, but because of their relationship in real life it actually works well.

I like dthe fact that they have two concurring plot lines that converge because each comes from a different side of the financial scale and they do find a happy median for the stories to mesh together as one.

The characters in both storylines have their own unique eccentricities and that helps keep things mildly entertaining despite the monotonous storyline as a whole.

Bottom Line – This film is pretty average but does a nice job of depicting a modern traveling circus. Eastwood and Locke obviously have good chemistry together despite the fact that their characters are meant to be so different. The two concurring plotlines mesh together well and succeed in keeping the viewer mildly entertained with the eccentricities of characters from both sides of the financial scale.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This is one of Clint Eastwood’s personal favorites of his own films. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy

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7 thoughts on “At the Circus Blogathon – Bronco Billy (1980)

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  3. Hi Rob. I enjoyed this one. It made me want to run away and join the circus. When I first heard about it, I hoped Clint Eastwood was making a movie about Broncho Billy Anderson, but then I saw the spelling he used. Nice essay.

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  5. I love Clint Eastwood, but I cannot accept him as a contemporary person, despite having seen him in person on several occasions. I guess he just really embodies the old west in my mind, this is one of those films I think often slips through the cracks. Thanks for bringing Bronco Billy back to light!

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