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The Life And Times Of Judge Roy Bean

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By halcamdad on
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The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, starring Paul Newman as the Judge himself, is a comical, rendition of the story of the Judge who established law west of the Pecos River in Texas in the late 1800s. Although this motion picture is quite historically inaccurate in its depiction of the story of the Judge, it is quite comical. In fact, I consider this film a comedy. The Judge is portrayed as an eccentric who hangs and shoots any man not to his liking, when in all actuality the real Bean never really hung anyone. The landscapes in the film are beautiful (desert mountains). This film contains a fair amount of adult humor topics that are not appropriate for young kids (prostitutes, whiskey, hangings, etc.). However, much of the content is humorous and not dramatic.

As a native Texan interested in Texas history, I really enjoyed this film. Although a fictitious comedy (based on a real historical figure), it was great fun to watch Paul Newman's character hang a punish outlaw after outlaw. Even innocent passersby were in danger of going to the gallows.

If you're a fan of Westerns, you'll probably like this one...based on a true Western icon.