The Cowboys

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Overview

Warner Brothers has done well by one of its John Wayne classics with this special edition of The Cowboys. The video transfer offers an anamorphic, remastered image that does a beautiful job of capturing the colors and texture of Robert Surtees's magnificent Cinemascope photography. The film's soundtrack is represented with a Dolby 5.1 stereo mix that is subtle but deploys the rich John Williams musical score with great effectiveness. This special edition also offers a nice set of extras to compliment the film. ...
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Overview

Warner Brothers has done well by one of its John Wayne classics with this special edition of The Cowboys. The video transfer offers an anamorphic, remastered image that does a beautiful job of capturing the colors and texture of Robert Surtees's magnificent Cinemascope photography. The film's soundtrack is represented with a Dolby 5.1 stereo mix that is subtle but deploys the rich John Williams musical score with great effectiveness. This special edition also offers a nice set of extras to compliment the film. First is a feature-length commentary track by director Mark Rydell: he does a fine job conveying his fondness for the film as he offers up a steady stream of anecdotes about the production (example: his first choice forJohn Wayne's character was actually George C. Scott), fond memories of the cast and observations on his choices as a filmmaker. He sometimes gets caught up in watching the film but, given its quality, it's hard to blame him. There are also two featurettes: a new retrospective interview piece called "The Cowboys: Together Again" and a vintage making-of featurette. The former reunites many of the cast members with Rydell and the group offers an array of fond memories that will entertain the film's fans. The latter piece is a more standard making-of piece but it offers some nice on-the-set footage. A theatrical trailer is the last part of on-disc features but the disc's packaging adds one last extra: a lovely set of black-and-white publicity photo reproductions included inside the disc case. All in all, this is an excellent package for an excellent film and a must for fans of The Cowboys.
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Special Features

Includes collectible behind-the-scenes photo set; 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; Subtitles: English & Français (feature film only)
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
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: 5/22/2007
  • UPC: 085391145356
  • Original Release: 1972
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Special Edition / Wide Screen / Repackaged / Subtitled
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 2:15:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 12,153

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
Alfred Barker Jr. Singing Fats
Nicolas Beauvy Four Eyes
Steve Benedict Steve
Jim Burk Pete
Tap Canutt Stunts
Robert Carradine Slim Honeycutt
Matt Clark Smiley
Chuck Courtney Stunts
Sarah Cunningham Annie Andersen
Gary Epper Stunts
Tony Epper Rustler
Richard Farnsworth Henry Williams
Larry Finley Jake
Jerry Gatlin Howdy
Kent Hays Stunts
Norman Howell Jr. Weedy
Stephen R. Hudis Charlie Schwartz
Margaret Kelly Stuttering Bob's mother
A. Martinez Cimarron
Allyn Ann McLerie Ellen Price
Clay O'Brien Hardy Fimps
Larry Randles Ben
Walter Scott Okay
Sean Kelly Stuttering Bob
Charles Tyner Jenkins
Henry Wills Stunts
Joe Yrigoyen Stunts
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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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Cowboys [Deluxe Edition]
1. Overture [2:40]
2. Credits [2:39]
3. Gold Fever [3:11]
4. A Stiff Neck [2:26]
5. The Schoolhouse [3:07]
6. Out of the Corral [2:35]
7. Auditions on Horseback [10:34]
8. Terms of Hire [3:56]
9. Laying Down the Irons [3:10]
10. Lessons for Cowboys [1:37]
11. A Hard Man [5:25]
12. Jebediah Nightlinger [3:13]
13. Bedtime Story [3:57]
14. "Move 'Em Out!" [4:29]
15. After a Long Day [2:47]
16. 3 A.M. [2:09]
17. Cimarron Rescues Slim [2:42]
18. Bob Does It [1:33]
19. A Gift; A Father's Sons [3:44]
20. Whiskey [8:28]
21. Long Hair and Dan [3:42]
22. Intermission [:46]
23. Entr'acte [2:22]
24. Nighthawk Duty [2:51]
25. A Cowboy Laid to Rest [4:40]
26. Boys Meet Girls [6:47]
27. Shadowed [4:48]
28. Long Hair Makes His Move [5:52]
29. Wil vs. Long Hair [4:47]
30. Summer's Over [1:55]
31. "We're Going to Finish the Job" [2:27]
32. Striking Back [4:21]
33. Jebediah's Noose [4:34]
34. Long Hair's Noose [3:42]
35. Trail's End [3:30]
36. Cast List [1:21]
37. Exit Music [1:09]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Cowboys [Deluxe Edition]
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Commentary by Mark Rydell
      The Cowboys: Together Again
      The Breaking of Boys and the Making of Men
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English 5.1
      Spoken Languages: Français
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Off
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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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