Did you know that the 'wild west' was made from the 'myth of man'? Moreover, that 'man' was made by the 'myth of a the circus'? OK, I know that this statement does sound rather cryptic when you say it out loud. But still, the truth in my words is reflected in this film. One Directed by and Starring Clint Eastwood, with Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis, and Scatman Crothers. It was made in 1980, and lasts for 116 minutes.
Meet "Bronco Billy's Wild West Show", a down on its luck travelling circus that is in dire need of some tender loving care.
Now the star of this show is none other than Bronco Billy McCoy himself (Clint Eastwood), who is a gunslinger that performs numerous acts of dexterity with the aide of a horse and -- if they stays around long enough -- a damsel in distress. Other people who help Billy in his quest to provide entertainment to the masses, include people like a lasso technician, Lefty LeBow (Bill McKinney); two Native American Indians, Chief Big Eagle and Lorraine Running Water (Dan Vadis and Sierra Percheur), and of course the enigmatic master of ceremonies, Doc Lynch (Scatman Crothers).
Sluggishly, this road show travels from town to town, until eventually Billy has to go to a local city hall, so that he can get some permits filled for his act. However, at the same time that Billy does this, socialites, Antoinette Lilly and John Arlington (Sondra Locke and Geoffrey Lewis) are also at city hall as well, applying for a licence to get married.
You see, Antoinette has to get married before she’s thirty years of age so she can inherit a large fortune from her deceased Father's estate. And so she's arranged for John to marry her -- for a fee -- so that she, in turn, can splash her dead fathers cash from here to eternity.
Sounds like a simple thing to do, right? Nope. I am afraid not. Because the very next day, when Antoinette awakens, she discovers that her 'husband' has left her with only the clothes on her back, which making her realize that she now has to fend for herself.
Ooops! So who does she turn to for help? No. Not Ghostbusters. Bronco Billy of course, because he is nearby, and agrees to help her out only if she becomes his new side-show assistant.
However, as yet another day passes, Antoinette read in the local press that her 'husband', John, has been arrested and sent to a mental asylum, as the police now believe that he has killer her, prompting her to stay with Billy for as long as she can.
OK, I know what your thinking to yourself. Why 'double oops', huh? Well, regrettably, a lot of events play out over the following couple of day, which make it very difficult for Antoinette to stay with this show. For example; (1) Both Chief Big Eagle and Lorraine Running Water are expecting a baby, and need more money. (2) After a bar-room fight, Billy and Lefty are temporarily detained by the police. (3) The circus is not earning enough money to make ends meet due to these delays. Plus (4) Worst of all, is that the circus burns down because of its inept facilities.
OK, I know what you are wondering to yourself again.
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