J. W. Coop

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J. W. Coop
J. W. Coop FilmPoster.jpeg
Film poster
Directed by Cliff Robertson
Produced by Bruce Graham
Cliff Robertson
Written by Gary Cartwright
Cliff Robertson
Bud Shrake
Starring Cliff Robertson
Music by Don Randi
Cinematography Frank Stanley
Edited by Alex Beaton
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • January 1, 1972 (1972-01-01)
Running time
112 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $736,000[1]

J. W. Coop is a 1972 American Western film set in the world of the modern American rodeo circuit. It stars and was directed by Cliff Robertson who also co-scripted the film.[2] Featuring footage from actual rodeo events, it was made with the cooperation of the Rodeo Cowboys Association (which became the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association in 1975).


Robertson's title character is a professional cowboy who wants to work the rodeo circuit and is given the chance by a rodeo impresario: this stroke of luck after he is released from jail for the passing of bad checks. He then hits the road with a few friends and a girl who likes Coop. Upon breaking into the circuit, Coop must prove he is good, but doing so is not easy.



  1. ^ By, A. H. (1972, Jul 16). Cliff robertson flies the 'coop' to glory. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/119540258?accountid=13902
  2. ^ Canby, Vincent. "New York Times: J. W. Coop". NY Times. Retrieved August 17, 2008. 

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