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Gentlemen Broncos

Promotional film poster
Directed by Jared Hess
Produced by Mike White
Written by Jared and Jerusha Hess
Starring Michael Angarano
Jemaine Clement
Sam Rockwell
Jennifer Coolidge
Suzanne May
Halley Feiffer
Cinematography Munn Powell
Editing by Yuka Ruell
Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures
Release date(s) October 30, 2009
Country United States
Language English
Budget $10,000,000
Gross revenue $113,000 (as of 12/16/2009)[1]

Gentlemen Broncos is a 2009 comedy film written by Jared and Jerusha Hess, and directed by Jared Hess. The film stars Michael Angarano, Jemaine Clement, Sam Rockwell and Jennifer Coolidge. Gentlemen Broncos was intended to be released theatrically on October 30, 2009, but due to poor reviews the national release was pulled from theatres. This marks the third movie directed by Jared Hess and also makes his first film to receive a PG-13 by the MPAA for 'some crude humor' unlike his first two films 'Napoleon Dynamite' (2004) and 'Nacho Libre' (2006) which both were PG rating.



Gentlemen Broncos tells the story of a homeschooled teenage outcast and aspiring fantasy writer. He attends a fantasy convention to show off his work but his idea, Yeast Lords - The Bronco Years, is ripped off by acclaimed novelist Ronald Chevalier, who has turned desperate for ideas after his publisher rejects his latest novel and informs him that they intend to drop him entirely.[2]


Michael Angarano portrays the teenaged aspiring fantasy writer, Benjamin Purvis. Jemaine Clement plays novelist Ronald Chevalier. Sam Rockwell was cast as the fictional story's title character who appears in book-come-to-life sequences under two guises: one in the teenager's story and the other in Chevalier's story.[3] Jennifer Coolidge portrays the teenager's mother.[4] Edgar Oliver appears in the film in a small role. Suzanne May plays the heroine in the fictional stories. Halley Feiffer plays Benjamin's friend, Tabatha Jenkins. Hector Jiminez plays an selfproclaimed auteur film director who adapts Benjamin's book into a very low budget film.


In December 2007, reported that Jared and Jerusha Hess had signed with Fox Searchlight Pictures to produce Gentlemen Broncos, based on a spec script they had written. The deal called for Jared Hess to direct and Mike White, who co-wrote Nacho Libre with them, to produce. Filming began in March 2008 in Utah.[2] In early August 2008, work on an Internet viral marketing began, which had a video introducing the character of Ronald Chevalier.[5] A second video was released in October 2008.[6] A trailer was released on August 19, 2009. The artwork in the opening credits is by acclaimed fantasy and science fiction artist David Lee Anderson.


The film received mostly negative reviews and currently holds a 16% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 56 reviews by critics while the Rotten Tomato community has given it a 69% rating with generally positive reviews.[7] The movie is nominated for the Podcast Awards.[8]


Gentlemen Broncos was released on DVD and Blu-Ray on March 2, 2010. [9]


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  2. ^ a b Mike Sampson (2007-12-19). "Jared Hess' next is...". Retrieved 2008-11-05. 
  3. ^ Denys Boyd (2008-01-31). "Rockwell, Angarano, and Clement Join Jared Hess' Gentlemen Broncos". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  4. ^ Borys Kit (2008-03-17). "Jennifer Coolidge Joins Gentleman Broncos". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  5. ^ Alex Billington (2008-08-11). "Gentlemen Broncos Viral Begins - Dr. Ronald Chevalier Videos". Retrieved 2008-11-05. 
  6. ^ Josh Tyler (2008-10-23). "Who Is Dr. Ronald Chevalier?". Retrieved 2008-11-05. 
  7. ^ "Gentlemen Broncos". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved October 29, 2009. 
  8. ^ Bloody Guests On Award Nominated Podcast
  9. ^ "Gentlemen Broncos (2009)". Retrieved January 15, 2009. 

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