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. 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.
Cliff Robertson as J.W. Coop
Geraldine Page as Mama
Cristina Ferrare as Bean
R. G. Armstrong as Jim Sawyer
R. L. Armstrong as Tooter Watson
John Crawford as Rancher
Wade Crosby as Billy Sol Gibbs
Marjorie Durant as Big Marge (as Marjorie Durant Dye)