Cowboys & Aliens

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Overview

Based on the graphic novel by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, Cowboys & Aliens is set in 1800s Arizona, where the local cowboys, headed by gunslinger Jake Lonergan Daniel Craig, and the indigenous Apache tribe have been feuding fiercely for quite a while. Their skirmish is interrupted, however, by the appearance of a spaceship, commanded by an alien creature that's bent on enslaving the human race. It's time for a six-gun shoot-out between these cattle rustlers and space invaders, and there might even be a ...
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Overview

Based on the graphic novel by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, Cowboys & Aliens is set in 1800s Arizona, where the local cowboys, headed by gunslinger Jake Lonergan Daniel Craig, and the indigenous Apache tribe have been feuding fiercely for quite a while. Their skirmish is interrupted, however, by the appearance of a spaceship, commanded by an alien creature that's bent on enslaving the human race. It's time for a six-gun shoot-out between these cattle rustlers and space invaders, and there might even be a temporary peace between the cowboys and Indians as they both take aim at these extraterrestrial uninvited guests. Jon Favreau directs from a script by Star Trek scribes Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, with help from Lost's Damon Lindelof. Olivia Wilde, Harrison Ford, and Sam Rockwell fill out the headlining cast. ~ Cammila Collar
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Special Features

Conversations with Jon Favreau; Igniting the sky: the making of Cowboys & Aliens; Finding the story; A call to action; Absolution; Outer-space icon; The scope of the spectacle; Feature commentary with director Jon Favreau
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
At first glance, the concept of combining a traditional Western with an alien invasion film may seem far too silly to ever work, yet director Jon Favreau and his small army of screenwriters make Cowboys & Aliens feel as natural as a whiskey-fueled bar brawl. Although the sci-fi element is evident from its opening scene, this satisfying hybrid stays true to Western conventions with a fidelity that might surprise audiences, thanks to the fact that the filmmakers find the perfect connective material to seamlessly fuse the archetypes of both science fiction and the Old West. Awakening in the unforgiving Arizona desert with no memory of who he is or where he's from, a bewildered cowboy Daniel Craig realizes he's badly wounded, and discovers a mysterious high-tech bracelet affixed to his left wrist. Subsequently wandering into a once-prosperous mining town, the stranger is patched up by sympathetic priest Meacham Clancy Brown before incurring the wrath of entitled, impetuous rancher's son Percy Dollarhyde Paul Dano, whose powerful father, Woodrow Harrison Ford, practically owns the depressed outpost. Almost as soon as the mysterious newcomer earns the respect of the locals for standing up to Percy, who wounds a deputy while intimidating the townspeople, he's identified as wanted bandit Jake Lonergan by Sheriff John Taggart Keith Carradine and thrown in jail. That night, just as Sheriff Taggart prepares to ship Percy and Jake off to court, Woodrow rides into town determined to free his son. Before he can do so, however, alien spaceships set the settlement ablaze while snatching locals -- including Percy -- up into the sky. In the process, Jake uses his bracelet to take down one of the alien spacecrafts. Momentarily putting their differences aside to rescue their kin from the extraterrestrial invaders, Jake, Woodrow, his ranch hand Nat Adam Beach, bartender Doc Sam Rockwell, enigmatic beauty Ella Olivia Wilde, and a fistful of other locals begin tracking the creature that escaped the downed craft, and quickly find that hostile Native American tribes are the least of their worries. For a film like Cowboys & Aliens to work, each leg of its title must be strong enough to support the weight of the outlandish concept. Anyone familiar with the Iron Man films already knows that director Jon Favreau has a natural knack for sci-fi, and thanks to a tense, expertly shot three-on-one fight that opens Cowboys & Aliens, we can confidently surmise that his talents extend to the Western genre as well. With the mysterious drifter, the hard-drinking priest, the hair-trigger bully, the brutish rancher, and the barroom beauty all making appearances early in the film, some might accuse Favreau of kowtowing to Western stereotypes. The more the plot begins to play out, however, the clearer it becomes that these aren't stereotypes but archetypes, and the writers are smartly using their moral ambiguity to keep the audience off balance as the mystery of the main plot builds. This approach is especially effective in the case of Ford's character, Woodrow Dolarhyde -- a feared local figure whose complex true nature gradually comes into focus along with the true intentions of the malevolent aliens. And while it would have been simple to merely replace the hostile aliens of the traditional Western with a foreign threat from beyond the stars, the writers of Cowboys & Aliens make it clear that they're not simply painting by numbers when our posse crosses paths with a decimated tribe and the two groups unite in order to conquer a common threat -- which is made genuinely frightening thanks to both an unsettling creature design and a tense scene that echoes films like Communion and Fire in the Sky as it plays on our darkest fears of alien abduction. The fact that the aliens are not only hideous to behold but ferocious and lightning fast as well makes the struggle against them all the more intense. But while the direction and screenwriting combine to make Cowboys & Aliens wildly entertaining, it's the talented cast that might help to draw in more skeptical viewers -- and thankfully they're all shooting straight here. Craig is appropriately stoic as the amnesiac stranger who drifts into the small town; Ford is captivatingly complex as the wealthy rancher who isn't the sadist he initially appears to be; and Rockwell lends the poker-faced proceedings a subtle dose of comic relief as the bespectacled barkeep who just wants a little respect in his rough-and-tumble town. So, to moviegoers who appreciate a good genre mash-up and a good time at the flicks: saddle up, because Cowboys & Aliens is just the kind of wild ride that makes the summer movie season the most fun time of the year.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/2014
  • UPC: 025192074783
  • Original Release: 2011
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  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Time: 2:15:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 45,987

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Daniel Craig Jake Lonergan
Olivia Wilde Ella Swenson
Harrison Ford Woodrow Dolarhyde
Sam Rockwell Doc
Paul Dano Percy Dollarhyde
Adam Beach Nat Colorado
Noah Ringer Emmett Taggart
Abigail Spencer Alice
Brendan Wayne Charlie Lyle
Buck Taylor Wes Claiborne
Matt Taylor Luke Claiborne
Jimmy Jatho Saloon Patron
Cooper Taylor Mose Claiborne
Clancy Brown Meacham
Kenny Call Greavy
Chris Browning Jed Parker
Julio Cedillo Bronc
Ana de la Reguera Maria
Garret James Noel Gang Member
Brian Duffy Deputy
Keith Carradine Sheriff John Taggart
Gavin Grazer Ed
Toby Huss Roy Murphy
Wyatt Russell Little Mickey
Raoul Trujillo Black Knife
David Midthunder Apache Warrior 1
Walton Goggins Hunt
Moses Brings Plenty Apache Warrior 2
Phillip Pike Apache Singer
Paul Ortega Medicine Man
David O'Hara Pat Dolan
Troy M. Gilbert Red
Nathaniel Chee Apache Dancer
Robyn Simmons Apache Dancer
Chad Randall Bull McCade
Simon Choneska Apache Dancer
Scout Hendrickson Jake's Gang Member
David Chee Apache Dancer
Vonda Tso Apache Dancer
Lariat Geronimo Apache Dancer
Freddie Apache Apache Dancer
Calum Blaylock Apache Singer
Oliver Enjady Apache Dancer
Hoyle Osborne Pianist
Rex Rideout Fiddler
Technical Credits
Jon Favreau Director, Executive Producer
Christopher Boyes Sound/Sound Designer
Lorrie Campbell Set Decoration/Design
Scott A. Chambliss Production Designer
John Chichester Set Decoration/Design
Bobby Cohen Executive Producer
Bill Corso Makeup
Kevin Cross Set Decoration/Design
David Farmer Sound/Sound Designer
Mark Fergus Original Story, Screenwriter
Sarah Halley Finn Casting
Daniel Forcey Co-producer
Karen Gilchrist Co-producer
Brian Grazer Producer
Randy Greenberg Executive Producer
Harry Gregson-Williams Score Composer
Freddie Hice Stunts
Mark Hitchler Set Decoration/Design
K.C. Hodenfield Asst. Director, Co-producer
Ron Howard Producer
Industrial Light & Magic Animator
Tetsuo "Tex" Kadonaga Set Decoration/Design
Ryan Kavanaugh Executive Producer
Alex Kurtzman Producer, Screenwriter
Dan Lebental Editor
Matthew J. Libatique Cinematographer
Damon Lindelof Screenwriter
Amahl H. Lovato Set Decoration/Design
Rich Marincic Co-producer
Jim May Editor
Michael Mosher Makeup
Donald J. Mowat Makeup
Steve Oedekerk Original Story
Roberto Orci Producer, Screenwriter
Hawk Ostby Original Story, Screenwriter
Lauren Polizzi Art Director
Anne Porter Set Decoration/Design
Scott Mitchell Rosenberg Producer
Ervin Rustemagic Co-producer
Steven Spielberg Executive Producer
Denis L. Stewart Executive Producer
Daniel Sudick Special Effects Supervisor
Chris Wade Co-producer
Corey Welk Makeup
Suzan Wexler Set Decoration/Design
Mary Zophres Costumes/Costume Designer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2012

    An original story

    An original story

    Finally a story that hasn't been seen before. This was a whole new type of movie
    An alien invasion in the old west. Cowboys, Outlaws, and Indians all have to team up against Aliens.
    Aliens who came to Earth to find gold of all things. The affects were spectacular, the characters diverse and realistic.

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