After spending eight years in prison, J.W. Coop attempts to resume his life as a professional rodeo cowboy and to make up for losing the prime years of his career. Both society and his profession have changed greatly during his incarceration. Geraldine Page shares acting kudos with Cliff Robertson as his fundamentalist Christian mother; Cristina Ferrare plays a hippie that Coop takes up with. Lending extra verisimilitude are the rodeo scenes, which were shot at actual competitions.
"J.W. Coop is a four-star masterpiece and is among the very best films of 1972."—DVD Verdict