Bronco Billy

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Bronco Billy stars Clint Eastwood (who also directed) as the impresario of a seedy wild west show. Going along for the ride is spoiled socialite Sondra Locke, who is initiated by being pressed into service as the wrong end of a knife-throwing act. The rest of the troupe, like Eastwood himself, are losers in life who yearn for the freedom and opportunity of the long-gone Old West. Despite its raucous ad campaign, Bronco Billy is at base a wistful character study, avoiding the usual trappings of car chases and redneck villains and offering quiet chuckles instead of belly laughs. Unfortunately it failed to click with the public, compelling Eastwood to temporarily return to his old crash-bang-pow formula in his next few films.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide


  • Clint Eastwood
  • Sondra Locke
  • Geoffrey Lewis
  • Scatman Crothers
  • Bill McKinney
  • Sam Bottoms
  • Dan Vadis
  • Sierra Pecheur
  • Walter Barnes
  • Woodrow Parfrey

Did You Know?


  • This is one of Clint Eastwood's personal favorites of his own movies.
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  • The camera and camera crew can be clearly seen in one shot during the bar brawl.
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    • Dr. Canterbury, Head of Sanatorium: Billy, my considered diagnosis is that you have the worst ailment known to man - no money!
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Clint Eastwood's most entertaining film in years, a whimsical fable about a Wild West showman with a dream of turning his rag-tag employees into one big happy family. Great country music mixed with Eastwood's natural charm. [11 July 1980, p.8]

Metacritic review by Gene Siskel
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

Casting Eastwood in a friendly, bumbling, light romantic lead is like asking Ethel Merman to sing a lullaby: in the end, nothing is forthcoming but overkill. Clint Eastwood was already famous for that. [16 June 1980]

Metacritic review by Jay Scott
Jay Scott
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)