I don't necessarily like westerns, but this is an exception to the rule. It's good, real good! We can't believe it was made in 1969. It looks like a movie made recently. You can't go wrong with this action movie.
Junior Bonner, based on an excellent original screenplay by Jeb Rosebrook, is Peckinpah in the benignly comic mood that, I suspect, is much more the natural fashion of this fine director than is the gross, intellectualized mayhem.
They just don't make cowboy movies like this anymore. Sam Elliot is the perfect cowboy and tough guy of days gone by. Add in the feelings that develop between a lonely, widow woman and her children and you can't miss. If you are a fan of westerns and Sam Elliot, don't miss this one.
The movie is like watching the waltons. The scenary is breath taking and the characters are real and down to earth. A rare thing in a movie to see a family dealing with situations together. Something we could all learn from for todays families. Perserverance, commitment, and loyalty. Sticky together no matter what comes their way. Family, faith, and good old fashion work. A pleasure to watch would have liked to see the seguel. I give it a 5 star plus.