One of the best rodeo movies ever made was released twenty years earlier...Robert Mitchum's THE LUSTY MEN....with Susan Hayward, Arthur Kennedy and Arthur Hunnicutt; directed by Nicholas Ray (JOHNNY GUITAR-REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE-THE TRUE STORY OF JESSE JAMES and KING OF KINGS with Jeffrey "I was a teen-age Jesus" Hunter.)
Sunday, March 1, 2009
THE HONKERS with James Coburn
This rarely seen 1972 rodeo western starring James Coburn and featuring Slim Pickens and Jim Davis will be showing on Encore Westerns this month. First airing will be in the wee morning hours of this Saturday (3-7) from 3:45am to 5:30am. I have never seen this movie and, being a James Coburn fan, am greatly looking forward to viewing it. Also, I have heard very good things about it, especially, Slim Picken's performance. Sadly, the director, the late Steve Ihnat....so good in HOUR OF THE GUN, died shortly after it's release. There were three rodeo westerns released in 1972, and this hurt THE HONKERS as it appears to have been lost in the mix. The other two: J.W. COOP with Cliff Roberson and SamPeck's JUNIOR BONNER with Steve McQueen. THE HONKERS is not on DVD and as far as I know has never been released on video. Heck....I don't ever remember it being shown on tv anywhere! Don't miss it!