The Honkers

Film, Action and adventure
Ageing rodeo rider Lew Lathrop (Coburn) may not still be at his competitive best, but the cameraderie and womanising of the touring circuit continue to exert a strong pull when he makes a rare visit home to New Mexico to his estranged spouse Nettleton. Melancholy, slow, closely detailed post-Western drama which lets rip with the moralising at the close as Lew's partner Clete (Pickens) is trampled to death by a bucking bull. Coburn has a watchable charm, though Junior Bonner and J.W. Coop (both also from the early '70s) rode the same range with greater distinction.

By: TJ

Release details

Duration: 103 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Steve Ihnat
Screenwriter: Steve Ihnat, Stephen Lodge
Cast: James Coburn
Slim Pickens
Lois Nettleton
Anne Archer
Richard Anderson
Ted Eccles
Jim Davis

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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This film is a real gem. James Coburn is as usual fantastic. The film itself is very reminiscent of the Steve McQueen film Junior Bonner, again a fantastic movie. If you into the dusty southern states of the USA, modern day cowboy life, and 70's cinematography, i promise you, you will not be dissapointed with this movie.


This film is a real gem. James Coburn is as usual fantastic. The film itself is very reminiscent of the Steve McQueen film Junior Bonner, again a fantastic movie. If you into the dusty southern states of the USA, modern day cowboy life, and 70's cinematography, i promise you, you will not be dissapointed with this movie.