The Cowboys

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In Cowboys, one of John Wayne's more interesting late Westerns, "The Duke" plays Will Anderson, a crusty veteran cattleman preparing a 400-mile drive to get a herd of steers to market. Shortly before the trip is scheduled to begin, Will's crew quits when they get word of a nearby gold strike. With little time and few alternatives, Will recruits eleven boys, ages nine through 13, and teaches them the basics of herding cattle and riding the range. Bruce Dern plays a memorably foul villain and cattle rustler named ...
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In Cowboys, one of John Wayne's more interesting late Westerns, "The Duke" plays Will Anderson, a crusty veteran cattleman preparing a 400-mile drive to get a herd of steers to market. Shortly before the trip is scheduled to begin, Will's crew quits when they get word of a nearby gold strike. With little time and few alternatives, Will recruits eleven boys, ages nine through 13, and teaches them the basics of herding cattle and riding the range. Bruce Dern plays a memorably foul villain and cattle rustler named Long Hair, while Roscoe Lee Browne portrays Jebediah, the cattle drive cook, and Colleen Dewhurst is Kate, a madam.
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Special Features

Commentary by director Mark Rydell; New cast/director reunion featurette The Cowboys: Together Again; Vintage featurette The Breaking of Boys and the Making of Men; Theatrical trailer
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This unforgettable combination of adventure story and coming-of-age tale is a cult favorite with John Wayne fans and it's easy to see why: The Cowboys is great American filmmaking, pure and simple. The script takes its time to develop rich characters and set up themes that pay off memorably in the film's second half. Director Mark Rydell handles the story in an understated, thoughtful manner that makes its dramatic peaks truly effective. Western fans will be happy to know that when it comes time to deliver a bit of action, Rydell gives it just the right amount of punch without overdoing it. His work is aided immensely by a sweeping, Copeland-esque musical score by John Williams and gorgeous scope photography from Robert Surtees: both do an excellent job of enhancing the film's rich feel of vintage Americana. The final, crucial pieces of the puzzle are the performances and they are magnificent: John Wayne carries the film on his mighty shoulders, delivering all the presence one would expect while also tempering it with a sense of vulnerability that only enhances his heroic appeal. Elsewhere, Roscoe Lee Browne makes an excellent (and equally charismatic foil) to Wayne as the drive's resident cook and Bruce Dern makes a genuinely unnerving villain for Wayne to square off with. It's also worth noting that the child actors playing the cattle drivers all do strong, subtle work, managing to be likeable without ever getting cutesy or maudlin (it's no surprise that young stars Robert Carradine and A Martinez graduated from this film to lengthy acting careers). In short, The Cowboys is a great Western and stand proudly alongside True Grit and The Shootist as the best of John Wayne's latter-day work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2007
  • UPC: 085391142713
  • Original Release: 1972
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 2:15:00
  • Format: HD-DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Wayne Wil Anderson
Roscoe Lee Browne Jebediah Nightlinger
Bruce Dern Asa Watts ("Long Hair")
Colleen Dewhurst Kate
Slim Pickens Anse
Sam O'Brien Jimmy Phillips
Mike Pyeatt Homer Weems
Lonny Chapman Preacher
Matt Clark Smiley
Sarah Cunningham Annie Andersen
Jim Burk Pete
Larry Finley Jake
Jerry Gatlin Howdy
Walter Scott Okay
Margaret Kelly Stuttering Bob's mother
Larry Randles Ben
Tap Canutt Stunts
Chuck Courtney Stunts
Gary Epper Stunts
Kent Hays Stunts
Henry Wills Stunts
Joe Yrigoyen Stunts
Richard Farnsworth Henry Williams
A. Martinez Cimarron
Alfred Barker Jr. Singing Fats
Steve Benedict Steve
Norman Howell Jr. Weedy
Sean Kelly Stuttering Bob
Clay O'Brien Hardy Fimps
Charles Tyner Jenkins
Allyn Ann McLerie Ellen Price
Nicolas Beauvy Four Eyes
Robert Carradine Slim Honeycutt
Stephen R. Hudis Charlie Schwartz
Tony Epper Rustler
Technical Credits
Mark Rydell Director, Producer
Harriet Frank Jr. Screenwriter
Philip M. Jefferies Production Designer
William Dale Jennings Screenwriter
William Kiernan Set Decoration/Design
Richard Portman Sound/Sound Designer
Irving Ravetch Screenwriter
Kay Rose Sound Editor
Jack Solomon Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Surtees Cinematographer
Robert Swink Editor
Anthea Sylbert Costumes/Costume Designer
Neil Travis Editor
John Williams [composer] Score Composer
Tim Zinnemann Associate Producer, Asst. Director
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Cowboys

    John Wayne as a rough but fair trail boss with a band of green young boys to drive a cattle herd to market,come up against rustlers and immaturity;to become young men readied for a challange. Basically a movie about boys given the name "Cowboys".A great movie about responsibility, courage, and strength of soul/heart.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Wayne Classic

    As a boy, I watched every John Wayne movie I could find on television. After seeing this movie, I always hoped to meet John Wayne in person, unfortunately he died before I ever could. However, its performances like the one in this movie which will help keep his memory alive. I believe he did a fine job presenting a hardened western Cattleman, who must rely on the ability of a group of boys and a unique Trail Cook (played wonderfully by Roscoe Lee Browne) to move his cattle to market. Although I didn't much like Bruce Dern's role because of what he does to John Wayne's character, he reveals how well he can successfully play a low-life character with no remorse. If you are seeking a good western film with alittle bit of everything, i.e., action, humor, sorrow, thought-provoking situations, then this will undoubtably fill your plate.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Great Movie

    A must have movie for any John Wayne fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Getting Even

    The Duke at his best, fighting for his life and the Oscar while teaching the tough realities of life to a bunch of ruffian kids and made them cowboys when they fight back against the evil outlaws.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Movie Person

    Wonderful, it's cute funny adventurious! Absolutley Wonderful!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Magnificent!

    This is a truly wonderful movie. I would reccomend it to anyone who likes action, comedy, and a small bit of tragedy. I loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This John Wayne Movie Is A Classic

    This John Wayne movie is a classic that stands the test of time. The story is timeless and the cast is superb, this was the first ''big'' movie for Robert Carradine and A Martinez. It has a good mix of action and drama as well as heartwarming moments.

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