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The Cowboys
- John Wayne

Overview - After his cowhands desert him for a nearby gold rush, aging, leather-tough rancher Will Anderson (John Wayne) resorts to hiring 11 schoolboys to help him on a 400-mile cattle run. Setting off with the boys and an eloquent but equally tough black cook (Roscoe Lee Browne), Anderson must get his cattle to their destination while contending with the wilderness and a psychotic, vengeful ex-con (Bruce Dern) who is out to get him.  Read more...

 
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Overview

After his cowhands desert him for a nearby gold rush, aging, leather-tough rancher Will Anderson (John Wayne) resorts to hiring 11 schoolboys to help him on a 400-mile cattle run. Setting off with the boys and an eloquent but equally tough black cook (Roscoe Lee Browne), Anderson must get his cattle to their destination while contending with the wilderness and a psychotic, vengeful ex-con (Bruce Dern) who is out to get him. With an amazingly natural performance by Wayne, this stylized, action-packed Western is exquisitely filmed, emotionally sensitive, and highly entertaining. Director Mark Rydell gets solid performances out of not just Wayne (in one of his later screen roles) and Browne, but the group of youngsters accompanying them on the journey, as well as actors like Slim Pickens and Colleen Dewhurst who play smaller supporting roles. Close attention is also paid to the natural beauty of the mountains, wild mustangs, and other often overlooked standard Western fare.

Cast List

Lonny Chapman - American Actor
Roscoe Lee Browne - American Actor
Colleen Dewhurst - Canadian Actress/In USA
Philip M. Jefferies - Production Designer
Philip Jefferies - Production Designer
Neil Travis - Editor, T3 (2003)
Charles Tyner - Actor
A Martinez - Star, DEBATING ROBERT LEE (2004)
A. Martinez - Star, DEBATING ROBERT LEE (2004)
Mark Rydell - Director/Actor/Producer
Robert W. Swink - American Editor
Robert Swink - American Editor
Bruce Dern - American actor, COMING HOME
John Wayne - Oscar winning actor, TRUE GRIT, SANDS OF IWO JIMA
Marion Michael Morrison - Oscar winning actor, TRUE GRIT, SANDS OF IWO JIMA
Duke Morrison - Oscar winning actor, TRUE GRIT, SANDS OF IWO JIMA
William Dale Jennings - Writer/Screenwriter
John Williams - American film composer, STAR WARS (1977)
John Towner Williams - American film composer, STAR WARS (1977)
Johnny Williams - American film composer, STAR WARS (1977)
Slim Pickens - American Character Actor
Irving Ravetch - American Screenwriter
Frank Harriet, Jr. - American Screenwriter
Robert Surtees - Director of Photography and father of Bruce Surtees

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 134
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 085391145356
  • Genre: Westerns
  • Rating: PG (MPAA)
  • Release Date: September 2010

Related Categories:
Movies > Westerns

Related Keywords:
Adventure
Switching Roles
On-The-Road
Cowboys
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Synopsis:
In director Mark Rydell's THE COWBOYS, a veteran rancher hires a group of young boys to drive his cattle to market after his regular hands desert him. The length of the trip and the unwieldly herd of cattle make for an impromptu classroom on the range, complete with attacking outlaws.

Notes:
Filmed in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Colorado. Director Mark Rydell discovered the novel when it was still unpublished, and sold the idea for the film to Warner Brothers. John William's overture, entr'acte, and exit music was never used in the film's general release prints, but you can hear them on video and DVD versions of the film. For the cattle-drive scenes, there were 1,500 cattle and over 100 horses used. Rydell said making THE COWBOYS was one of the greatest experiences of his life.

Reviews:
"[T]he real subject here often seems to be Wayne's persona....Rydell is able to hint at a vulnerability not found in many of the star's other performances." - 12/01/2004 Sight and Sound, p.75

 
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