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Set during the Civil War, Bad Company stars Barry Brown as a Northern boy, Drew Dixon, who heads West to avoid getting drafted. He falls under the spell of Jake Rumsey (Jeff Bridges), an easygoing young con artist. Drew joins Jake's gang of boy bandits, who live by their wits and try to avoid confrontation with adult criminals like Big Joe (David Huddleston). It is Drew who must eventually save Jake from hanging, even though he realizes that his intervention could lead to his own execution.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Bad Company is an excellent film which combines wry humor and gritty action with in-depth characterizations of two youths on the lam in the Civil War west."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The movie is built as a series of more-or-less self-contained episodes, and the episodes that work are worth the effort."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"[A] smart, character-driven Western that plays a little like the undercover cop genre."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Benton's first film, a Western good enough to make everything he has done since seem disappointing by comparison."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"A highly engaging sleeper."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"An easy watch, except for the annoying demeanour of its lead character."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Apollo Guide
"A naturalistic, irreverent and sometimes broadly comic view of a largely ignored aspect of the Civil War gives Bad Company a refreshingly good name."
‑ Roger Greenspun, New York Times
"The ironic comical Western prides itself in taking on the Horatio Alger myth."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Western addicts will find it refreshingly different from the norm, while its quirky comedy should attract non-fans of the genre."
‑ , Film4
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