The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean

Synopsis: A no account outlaw establishes his own particular brand of law and order and builds a town on the edges of civilization in this farcical western. With the aid of an old law text and unpredictable notions Roy Bean distinguishes between lawbreakers and lawgivers by way of his pistols.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): John Huston
Production: Warner Home Video
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
120 min

I want to thank you for what you done,

is what I want to do.

Maybe you can explain

to these people here...

that I mean them no harm.

Tell them it's going to be a new place.

It's going to be a nice place to live.

I'm the new judge.

There will be law.

There's going to be order,

progress, civilization, peace.

Above all, peace.

And I don't care who I have to kill to get it.

Go on. You tell them that.

Tell them the horses

that belonged to them vermin are theirs.

Their guns.

The land.

Just that place...

That place there, that's mine.

They do not want the horses.

They will take the horses.

They do not want the land.

They are grateful.

They do not need the guns.

You are their patrn.

You mean I own everything

if I do all the getting shot at.

It is an old and fair arrangement.

And somewhat shrewd, I might add.

That brothel there...

it will be my courthouse.

Place to deal out justice,

place to get shot at...

and shoot and hang others from.

That's what it is.

I intend to live there, regardless.

What is it, my child?

I will live there, too.

She will what?

- You don't want me to live there.

- No, I don't.

Not yet, anyway.

Don't you have parents or the like?

Perhaps she could live in that little shack

off to the side.

Perhaps you could live in that little shack

off to the side.

"Blessed is the Lord thy strength,

which teaches thy hand to war...

"and thy fingers to fight. "

I shall pray for you, Bean.

This land abounds

in ruffians and varmints.

Their numbers are legion,

their evil skills commensurate.

Piss on them.

That was the first and last time

I saw Judge Roy Bean.

I never got back to that country,

and died of dysentery in old Mexico.

I haven't seen him since,

so he probably went to Hell.

Lillie Langtry.

Rate this script:(0.00 / 0 votes)

John Milius

John Frederick Milius is an American screenwriter, director, and producer of motion pictures. He was one of the writers for the first two Dirty Harry films, received an Academy Award nomination as ... more…

All John Milius scripts | John Milius Scripts

FAVORITE (0 fans)

Submitted on August 05, 2018

Discuss this script with the community:



    Translate and read this script in other languages:

    Select another language:

    • - Select -
    • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
    • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
    • Español (Spanish)
    • Esperanto (Esperanto)
    • 日本語 (Japanese)
    • Português (Portuguese)
    • Deutsch (German)
    • العربية (Arabic)
    • Français (French)
    • Русский (Russian)
    • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
    • 한국어 (Korean)
    • עברית (Hebrew)
    • Gaeilge (Irish)
    • Українська (Ukrainian)
    • اردو (Urdu)
    • Magyar (Hungarian)
    • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
    • Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Italiano (Italian)
    • தமிழ் (Tamil)
    • Türkçe (Turkish)
    • తెలుగు (Telugu)
    • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
    • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
    • Čeština (Czech)
    • Polski (Polish)
    • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Românește (Romanian)
    • Nederlands (Dutch)
    • Ελληνικά (Greek)
    • Latinum (Latin)
    • Svenska (Swedish)
    • Dansk (Danish)
    • Suomi (Finnish)
    • فارسی (Persian)
    • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
    • հայերեն (Armenian)
    • Norsk (Norwegian)
    • English (English)


    Use the citation below to add this screenplay to your bibliography:


    "The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean" STANDS4 LLC, 2020. Web. 28 Oct. 2020. <>.

    We need you!

    Help us build the largest writers community and scripts collection on the web!

    The Marketplace:

    Sell your Script !

    Get listed in the most prominent screenplays collection on the web!

    The Studio:

    ScreenWriting Tool

    Write your screenplay and focus on the story with many helpful features.

    Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.