Scandalous John

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"The Rousing, Funny, Sad, Crazy, Glorious Adventures of a Proud and Noble Knight ...on a plug-ugly nag!"
  • G
  • 1971
  • 1 hr 53 min
  • 5.8  (170)

Scandalous John is a 1971 American western comedy-drama film that is set in the late 1800s. The plot revolves around an aging cowboy named John McCanless (played by Brian Keith) who has a reputation for being a lovable rogue and a notorious scoundrel. John is known for his wild antics, heavy drinking, womanizing, and general disregard for authority. He has a loyal Mexican assistant named Paco (Alfonso Arau) and a beautiful, spirited daughter named Amanda (Michele Carey).

The story begins with John and Paco being released from jail after a drunken run-in with the law. John's estranged wife has died, leaving him with custody of their daughter, Amanda. John is not interested in being a responsible parent and decides to leave Amanda with some friends while he goes off to pursue his carefree lifestyle. However, Amanda is determined to be reunited with her father and follows him on his adventures.

John and Paco end up on a cattle drive escorting a herd of cattle from Mexico to Texas. Along the way, they encounter various obstacles, including a group of bandits who try to steal the cattle. John and Paco manage to outwit and defeat the bandits, earning the admiration and respect of the cowboys they are traveling with.

Eventually, John and Amanda are reunited, but John is still resistant to the idea of being a responsible parent. However, as he spends more time with his daughter, he begins to realize that he has a lot to learn about fatherhood. Amanda also teaches John a thing or two about the importance of honesty, loyalty, and kindness.

The film also features a great deal of humor, with Brian Keith delivering witty one-liners and engaging in physical comedy. Alfonso Arau adds to the humor with his character's broken English and amusing facial expressions. Michele Carey brings a touch of sweetness and poignancy to the film with her portrayal of Amanda.

Overall, Scandalous John is an enjoyable family-friendly western that offers a good balance of comedy, drama, and action. The film's themes of family, responsibility, and redemption are handled in a light-hearted manner that makes the movie a joy to watch. Brian Keith's performance as the lovable rogue John McCanless is a standout, and the chemistry between him and his co-stars is excellent. If you enjoy classic westerns with a humorous twist, then Scandalous John is definitely worth a watch.

Scandalous John is a 1971 western with a runtime of 1 hour and 53 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.8.

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    1 hr 53 min
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    5.8  (170)