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The Honkers (1972)

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Title: The Honkers (1972)

Tagline: A honker is a rough bull or bronc that can't be broken. Lew Lathrop is a honker!

Genre: Comedy, Western, Action

Director: Steve Ihnat

Cast: James Coburn, Lois Nettleton, Slim Pickens, Anne Archer, Richard Anderson, Joan Huntington, Jim Davis, Ramon Bieri, Ted Eccles, Mitchell Ryan

Release: 1972-05-17

Runtime: 102

Plot: An over-the-hill rodeo champion is so self-centered that he ignores his wife, son, and best friend.
 

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This is one of those sort of forgotten pictures that I'd like to see on Blu-ray, a search for it seems to turn up nothing, can't even find the trailer for it on youtube. Just this...



It's a United Artists picture and I wonder if Kino might pick this up.
 

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This is one of those sort of forgotten pictures that I'd like to see on Blu-ray, a search for it seems to turn up nothing, can't even find the trailer for it on youtube. Just this...



It's a United Artists picture and I wonder if Kino might pick this up.


Oddly enough, The Honkers is part of a trend of modern-day cow-boy films done in the early Seventies:
see J.W. Coop (1971), Junior Bonner (1972).
 

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Oddly enough, The Honkers is part of a trend of modern-day cow-boy films done in the early Seventies:
see J.W. Coop (1971), Junior Bonner (1972).

Yes, I have both of those pictures in my collection. Bonner on blu and Coop on DVD. I think the only hope of The Honkers coming out is Kino. It's got an excellent cast and would be a very cool release as I am not sure if this film even got a VHS release.
 

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Yes, I have both of those pictures in my collection. Bonner on blu and Coop on DVD. I think the only hope of The Honkers coming out is Kino. It's got an excellent cast and would be a very cool release as I am not sure if this film even got a VHS release.

The Honkers had no VHS release. I wish I could watch it because it is a must-see for James Coburn aficionados.
It's a rare film and hard to watch because it was not directed by a big name but by an actor, mostly known for his television output. Oddly enough, the producers team was related to a western tv series: The Big Valley.
 

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Speaking of rodeo, there used to be trend on television in the early Sixties:
Stoney Burke
The Wide Country

That trend started from the end of the Golden Age:
see Nicholas Ray's The Lusty Men and John Huston's The Misfits.


 
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