The Jack Bull

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"All men want justice. Few are willing to pay the price."
  • R
  • 1999
  • 1 hr 56 min
  • 6.8  (4,974)

The Jack Bull is a 1999 Western film directed by John Badham and starring John Cusack, John Goodman, and L.Q. Jones. The film tells the story of Myrl Redding (Cusack), a small-time rancher who seeks justice after his horse is stolen and mistreated by a wealthy and corrupt land baron named Henry Ballard (Goodman). The story takes place in the late 1800s in the Wyoming Territory, a time when conflicts between ranchers and landowners were common. Myrl is a proud and stubborn man who is fiercely protective of his land and animals. When he discovers that his beloved horse has been stolen and severely beaten by Ballard's henchmen, he is determined to seek justice.

Despite warnings from his wife, Cora (played by Miranda Otto), Myrl sets out to confront Ballard and demand restitution for his horse. But Ballard is a powerful and intimidating figure who has the local sheriff and judge in his pocket. Myrl's attempts to get justice through legal means are thwarted at every turn, and he soon realizes that he will have to take matters into his own hands.

With the help of his friend and ally, Tom Harte (played by John C. McGinley), Myrl starts a legal and physical war against Ballard and his corrupt regime. As the conflict intensifies, Myrl becomes more and more obsessed with his quest for justice, putting his relationships and even his own safety at risk.

The Jack Bull is a classic underdog story, in which a small-time rancher takes on a rich and corrupt landowner in a battle for justice. The film is notable for its strong performances by the lead actors, particularly Cusack and Goodman, who bring depth and nuance to their characters. The supporting actors, including Jones as the local judge, also deliver strong performances, adding to the film's realism and authenticity.

Director John Badham creates a visually stunning and immersive world, capturing the rugged and arid landscapes of the Wyoming Territory and evoking the harsh and unforgiving nature of the Old West. The film's soundtrack, composed by Joel McNeely, also contributes to the film's atmosphere, with its haunting and melancholic melodies.

Overall, The Jack Bull is a gripping and powerful film that explores themes of justice, revenge, and the fight for survival in a hostile and unforgiving world. With its strong performances, evocative visuals, and intense storyline, it is a must-see for fans of the Western genre and anyone who loves a good underdog story.

The Jack Bull is a 1999 western with a runtime of 1 hour and 56 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.8.

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    6.8  (4,974)