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“Junior Bonner is Jeb Rosebrook’s masterpiece,subtly understated and richly rewarding. In 1972, it provided director SamPeckinpah with a unique opportunity to return to his roots and deliver aportrayal of the modern American West. In this wonderfully written memoir,Rosebrook captures the creative conflicts that are inevitable as words becomeimages. It depicts a classic confrontation between a talented youngscreenwriter and tyrannical director whose personal visions merge to make aclassic motion picture. A must-read for anyone interested in the reality behindgreat moviemaking.”

—GarnerSimmons, author of Peckinpah: A Portrait in Montage


Junior Bonner (1972) is the best rodeo filmthat’s ever been made. It was the best script Sam ever got his hands on.…JuniorBonner is truer to the human element behind the sport than any otherrodeo film. It’s Sam’s one Western film where the protagonists survive the transition—atleast for another day. The wreck might still be coming for Junior Bonneranother mile or so down the road. That was the story of Sam, too.“

—MaxEvans, author of Goin’ Crazy withSam Peckinpah and All Our Friends


“Without the pressure of beingcommercially successful the film is one of McQueen’s and Peckinpah’s finestfilms, dealing with the human heart. The combination of deft performances,inspired writing and directing, and the authentic feel of the locationsresulted in a rare experience., in the words of McQueen’s next co-star AliMacGraw, who proclaimed, “Such a beautiful, perfect film!”

—AndrewAntoniades and Mike Siegel, authors of

SteveMcQueen: The Actor and His Films


“Screenwriter Jeb Rosebrook’s memoir about the making of the classicSteve McQueen film he penned, JuniorBonner, is infinitely more than a behind-the-scenes account of a greatfilm. It’s an inside-the-scenes account of a turning point in his ownlife, of a dangerous moment in the career of an aging movie star, of a transitionaltime when Hollywood briefly emulated the artistic ambitions and creative reachof European cinema. The cast of characters includes such flammable figures asMcQueen and legendary director auteur-terrible Sam Peckinpah andassorted agents, producers, and 1970s studio executives who were presiding overHollywood’s greatest explosion of audacious, boundary-breaking filmmaking sinceits founding. And Rosebrook’s memoir goes deeper, into the hearts and minds ofthese dreamers and schemers on both sides of the camera who, almost in spite ofthemselves, their egos, and their appetites, managed to make lasting film artthat’s worth analyzing and celebrating all these decades later.”

—Steven Gaydos, Executive Editor, VARIETY


“For decades Jeb Rosebrook entertained audiences with films, televisionshows and novels. Now, his behind-the-scenes memoir of the production of themovie Junior Bonner, which he scripted, spotlights how filmmaking is anintensely collaborative art. Plus, we get all the skinny, and the fat, ofbehind the scenes shenanigans, sexual dalliances, and Steve McQueen’sresilience and acting strength against Peckinpah’s iron-fisted directing. Junior Bonner, starring Steve McQueen, Ida Lupino andRobert Preston, evolved through Rosebrook’s inspiring creativity and diligentcollaboration with the actors—and director Peckinpah always threatening to sendhome anyone, cast, or crew, with a tin can strapped to their butt. Through itall, Rosebrook’s script survived to create a classic and memorable film—one ofthe top 100 Westerns.”

—James Ciletti, Pikes Poet Laureate, ColoradoSprings, Colorado


“In this lovely and loving memoir, Junior Bonner: The Making of aClassic with Steven McQueen and Sam Peckinpah in the Summer of 1971, JebRosebrook recalls the production of the film from its beginnings in his ownmasterly screenplay—an original and one of the best Peckinpah was ever graced with—tothe disappointing returns that greeted the film at the box office. Yet, likethe story in front of the camera, the story Rosebrook finds behind the camerais not one of defeat but of faith in dreams and perseverance in pursuingthem—it’s a story of creative collaboration, where everyone working tohis or her peak capacity contributes to the final achievement.”

Paul Seydor, author of Peckinpah: TheWestern Films: A Reconsideration and

The Authentic Death and Contentious Afterlifeof Pat Garrett

and Billy theKid: The Untold Story of Peckinpah’s Last Western Film.

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