Bad Company
Bad Company (1972)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 8, 1972
DVD Release Date: June 4, 2002
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie is built as a series of more-or-less self-contained episodes, and the episodes that work are worth the effort.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

[A] smart, character-driven Western that plays a little like the undercover cop genre.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

Benton's first film, a Western good enough to make everything he has done since seem disappointing by comparison.

TV Guide

A highly engaging sleeper.

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Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide

An easy watch, except for the annoying demeanour of its lead character.

Roger Greenspun
New York Times

A naturalistic, irreverent and sometimes broadly comic view of a largely ignored aspect of the Civil War gives Bad Company a refreshingly good name.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The ironic comical Western prides itself in taking on the Horatio Alger myth.

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Western addicts will find it refreshingly different from the norm, while its quirky comedy should attract non-fans of the genre.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Bobby Hobbs
Bad Company was an awesome glimpse into one of Jeff Bridges earlier roles. What I loved about this movie it the fact that it was filmed in 1972 giving it true… More
Jason Reneau
BAD COMPANY is a character study about how a good "Christian" boy, slowly becomes an outlaw. Of course he is aided on his life-altering journey, by… More
Randy Tippy
I first saw this one in 1972 and enjoyed it very much. Now, some 36 years later, I can honestly say that it's stood the test of time. It's a film… More
Moe E
Having already lost one son to the War of Northern Aggression, a pious Ohio family sends their remaining son, Drew, west in an effort to avoid his conscription.… More
Stephen Earnest
"Bad Company" seems to be the result of weak direction and a real lack of narrative cohesion, which seems to have been caused by poor editing. The… More