The Honkers

  • 1972
  • Movie
  • PG
  • Western

Disappointing rodeo epic starring Coburn as an unappealing, quick-tempered bronco-buster who seeks to regain the respect of his wife (Nettleton), his son (Eccles), and his best friend (Pickens), while still retaining his freedom. The film is at its best when illustrating rodeo life, but the characters are ill-drawn and weak. Director Ihnat, an actor who...read more

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Disappointing rodeo epic starring Coburn as an unappealing, quick-tempered bronco-buster who seeks to regain the respect of his wife (Nettleton), his son (Eccles), and his best friend (Pickens), while still retaining his freedom. The film is at its best when illustrating rodeo life, but

the characters are ill-drawn and weak. Director Ihnat, an actor who died soon after this film's release, brings some interesting and realistic details to the setting, but he fails when it comes to handling the actors' performances (especially that of Coburn, who appears too genial a personality to

be so mean and thoughtless to his family). Songs are "Easy Made for Lovin," "My Special Day" (composed and sung by Bobby Russell), "I'm a Rodeo Cowboy" (composed and sung by Slim Pickens). THE HONKERS was one of four rodeo pictures to be released between 1972 and 1973 (the others were JUNIOR

BONNER, J.W. COOP, and WHEN LEGENDS DIE), and unfortunately it was the weakest of the bunch. Anne Archer's screen debut.

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  • Released: 1972
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: Disappointing rodeo epic starring Coburn as an unappealing, quick-tempered bronco-buster who seeks to regain the respect of his wife (Nettleton), his son (Eccles), and his best friend (Pickens), while still retaining his freedom. The film is at its best wh… (more)

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