I doubt I have much to say beyond what any other reviewers have already covered. Rumsey's gang a ragtag collection of scruffy runaways survive by strong-arming women and children, and Drew Dixon despite his virtuousness is not above lying to ingratiate himself with the gang. I would have to say, along with Dances With Wolves, no movie makes you feel you are back in the West like this movie. When he reaches the town the wagon train is due to embark from, he finds it full of soldiers, and becomes paranoid until he meets Jake who tells him he knows a shortcut to the local church, where Drew can shelter. This is a very good film, and he's great in it. Jeff Bridges is his usual terrific self.
It was rough out there in the Old West. The two encounter each other again, and after a brawl in the kitchen of a kindly Christian woman, they end up running off together and sticking her with the damages, and Drew reluctantly joins Jake's little bunch of hooligans. During the robbery, Jake aims his gun at Big Joe, but doesn't have the nerve to fire. Drew Dixon decides that it would be best for him to hitch onto a wagon train to the westward territories that are still wild and, more important, are not States of the Union. This is a case where the film was better than I remembered it! Their journey across the country seems increasingly to be leading nowhere as the film moves towards a poignant finale.
A collection of escapades in a world of ruthless and bungling chancers, mixing humour and adventure. Filmmaker gets to remain the Western emotion , moving scenes and suspense until the ending. This movie leaves me haunted and it is still the finest, and best of it's kind. Extras Grade: D- Final Comments Bad Company is a fairly entertaining comedy-western, if one that seems a bit slow-paced and uninspired nowadays. Still fresh -still relevant - still thoughtful - still, above all, entertaining.
Alone and without resources, Dixon eventually joins up with Rumsey and his gang of runaways who commit petty thefts to survive. The allure of a free-spirited desperado life is quickly spoiled by a series of mishaps that leave the bandits lacking food and money, and in constant fear of more sinister criminals like Big Joe David Huddleston. John Savage is the perfect brutish snake and all the actors seemed just as born into their parts as the two leads. You sort of make those up as you go. The performances are decent but unmemorable across the board. Here he creates a western not quite like any other, as a rag-tag group of young boys, most on the run from conscription in the Civil War clearly a Vietnam-era reference try to make it on their own as 'outlaws', or at least their romantic notion of such, The main conflict is between Brian Brown's straight arrow Christian boy, aping the ideals and notions taught him all his life, and the very young Jeff Bridges equally acting out his schoolboy idea of a tough guy.
Individual characters are by turns cowardly,heroic, vainglorious, noble, back stabbing ,loyal, cruel and sensitive-just as people were in those days and, come to think of it,still are. For Drew set out to meet only his own interests, ever since he joined Jake and the boys. He stops in a small town and ends up getting robbed by Jake Jeff Bridges , the leader of a gang of scoundrels and ruffians trying to scare up enough cash to go west themselves. On the way, our narrator Barry Brown learns more than the usual lessons about what it is to be a man, to be brave and to be a friend. Along the way, as they encounter a series of real adults, dangerous, hardened, seemingly with no ideals left, both young men are slowly forced by circumstance to examine and change their own self-image. Bridges is the star of the show here, bringing the untrustworthy but unworldly Jake to life, sympathetic, but not entirely likeable. The Western is a genre that seems to get a consistent level of agreement about which are the best.
They practically play at cowboys for us, until the real big bad world comes along and smashes in, with violence, a stark world around them and for us the viewers, our ideas about our past. The Old West turns out to be an uninviting land of rolling grass plains punctuated by the odd tree or lonely soul, either travelling through or eking out an existence. It also happens to be the second movie I've seen with both Jeff Bridges and David Huddleston, some 25 or so years prior to an actualized cult classic. There are a few cheats here or there on a story level, and not every episode is as good as the next in this episodic tale, but this is a unique, creative and terrific use of the 'old west' to explore modern morality with wit, humanity and complexity. He meets the charming Jake Rumsey Jeff Bridges , who immediately robs him. Then there's the pitiful hovels of the settlers that stick up like ugly warts on a sea of futility.
Perennial bad-guy Geoffrey Lewis has one the funniest and most realistic dying words that have ever been put on screen. And some of those making their living are bandits, what Jake's callow gang aspire to be but end up being outclassed by early on in their journey. Synopsis: Out of the frying pan and into the fire: Civil War draft dodger Drew Dixon Barry Brown avoids the horrors of war by fleeing west, only to become mixed up with a gang of lawless youths led by the debonair con man Jake Rumsey Jeff Bridges. Go early and don't miss anything. Paramount has done a decent job with the video and audio transfers, but the high price and lack of supplements mean this one is recommended for true fans only. For many, it's an opportunity to start with little, for others it's a chance to plunder what little there is, but there are few rules other than those needed to survive. The entire cast, named and unmentioned here, are perfectly cast and no bit routines are allowed, each with private identities enriching the story.
Paul Rodgers loved it so much he named his band at the time, Bad Company and the hit single comes directly from the film itself. Bad Company Year: Director: Stars: , , , , , , , , , , , Genre: Rating: 8 from 2 votes Review: America in the 1860s and the Union Army are scouring the land for recruits. Unlike better works of the genre and period, here there is no paean to friendship lost, no elegy to changing times, no growth from boy to man, no story even. My eternal thanks to Jaffe and Benton for having the courage of their convictions. The interior scenes suggestive of the sets of Victorian melodramas , the vast panorama of fields stretching endlessly across the horizon, the mindless yet expedient brutality of the less-than-hospitable denizens of the Old West combine perfectly to form a picture, which, while not pretty, is nevertheless more vivid, and doubtlessly much truer than those accounts which are pallid, romanticized, and limned in pastel colors.
If for no other reason, watch it for Barry Brown Drew Dixon and be prepared to be entranced. When Drew awakens, he wanders alone, swearing that he'll kill Jake if he ever sees him again. Evocative and atmospheric musical score composed by means of piano played by Harvey Schmidt. As the dangerous journey that turns out to be worst than expected , suffering attacks , hard-working activities , robbing , gun-play and many other things. It is near flawlees as a film can be. Jeff Bridges — fantastic actor, and he holds this film together about a bunch of young lads branching out to take their chance in life, not as villains but as lawless and hapless youngsters eyeing better things.
Left with only a mule, Jake and Drew wander aimlessly. It's about as unromantic a view of the Old West as you're likely to find this side of a hog wallow. This is one of the most perfect Westerns I have ever seen. People who put down westerns have probably never seen Barbarosa, McCabe and Mrs. I saw this film when it was released in the seventies and, as with The Wild Bunch, tried to get as many friends as I could to see it. They catch the odd rabbit, which Jake has to skin for them, and get their other food by trading one rifle toting man couldn't be less welcoming or, more often, theft. It is ultra-realistic: no good guys in white hats, no Tin Pan Alley scores, no happy ending.