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The Cowboys

  • Drama
  • 1972
  • Mark Rydell
  • 128 mins
  • A

Summary

An ageing rancher finds himself short-handed when his workers abandon him during a gold rush, and grudgingly hires a group of schoolboys to help him on a 400-mile cattle drive. Although at first they feel out of their depth, the youngsters quickly learn to work like men - but face a dangerous challenge ahead as a gang of rustlers begins to stalk them. Western, with John Wayne, Roscoe Lee Browne and Bruce Dern.

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Review

Rating: 2 out of 5.

John Wayne hires a group of schoolboys to help him on a cattle drive in this morose, awkwardly paced and overlong would-be epic western. In truth, this rites-of-passage saga just doesn't work, owing to a cumbersome structure and a rather nauseating pro-violence, revenge-is-good message. On the plus side, Bruce Dern and Slim Pickens are good to watch, and Roscoe Lee Browne and Colleen Dewhurst add thespian dignity. But the movie isn't worthy of Wayne, and is indicative of his lack of luck finding strong material following his Oscar for True Grit .

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Credits

Cast

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Wil AndersenJohn Wayne
Jebediah NightlingerRoscoe Lee Browne
Long HairBruce Dern
KateColleen Dewhurst
AnseSlim Pickens
PreacherLonny Chapman
JenkinsCharles Tyner
Annie AndersenSarah Cunningham
Ellen PriceAllyn Ann McLerie
CimarronA Martinez
Slim HoneycuttRobert Carradine
Charlie SchwartzStephen Hudis
SmileyMatt Clark

Crew

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DirectorMark Rydell

Details

Theatrical distributor
Columbia-Warner Dists
Language
English
Guidance
Edited for violence and language.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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