Bad Company

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Released 1972

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Director:
Robert Benton
Released:
1972
Rating:
PG
Bad Company is a 1972 Western about a gang of outlaws formed from draft-dodgers avoiding the Civil War starring Jeff Bridges. Northerner Drew Dixon (Barry Brown), an idealistic young man, travels to Missouri to get out of the Union jurisdiction. He meets the charming Jake Rumsey (Jeff Bridges), who immediately robs him. Alone and without resources, Dixon eventually joins up with Rumsey and his gang of runaways who commit petty thefts to survive. They collectively decide to head to Nevada, where they believe they can find the easy life by silver mining. Their journey across the desolate landscape begins as an adventure, but once they encounter hardened career criminals like Big Joe (David Huddleston) and a corrupt Marshal (Jim Davis), the once tight-knit group begins to fray. Directed by Robert Benton (Oscar winner for "Kramer vs. Kramer"), the film goes beyond the Old West mythology to capture the brutal reality of hardscrabble existence.

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  • 60

    Variety Joe Leydon

    It's almost impossible to enjoy this uneven but mostly exciting popcorn pic without flinching at a few plot elements that feel a bit too real for comfort.

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Gene Seymour

    Whether you care if they find them (terrorists) or not may depend on how much you've been able to withstand Bad Company's sensory overload of firefights, vehicular mayhem, techno-c...

  • 20

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Like many of the nonpolitical terrorist-as-villain spectaculars that have been held back after Sept. 11, has the whiff of something gone stale. Though it may have sat on the shelf ...

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    Westerns, Military & War