Tired of cow-punching for a living, two Montana cowboys rob a bank and flee but their employer's sons chase after them.

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Ross Bodine
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Frank Post
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Walter Buckman
Lynn Carlin ...
Sada Billings
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John Buckman
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Paul Buckman
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Joe Billings
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Nell Buckman
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Ben
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Maybell
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Hansen
Charles H. Gray ...
Savage (as Charles Gray)
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Hereford (as Bill Bryant)
Jack Garner ...
Cap Swilling
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Ross Bodine and Frank Post are cowhands on Walt Buckman's R-Bar-R ranch. Bodine is older and broods a bit about how he will get along when he's too old to cowboy. Post is young and rambunctious and ambitious for a better life than wrangling cows. When one of their fellow cowboys is killed in a corral accident, Post suggests a way into a better life for himself and his friend: robbing a bank. Bodine reluctantly joins in the plan and the two contrive to rob the local bank. They make good their escape initially, but Walt Buckman and his two sons, John and Paul, are incensed at this betrayal by their own trusted employees. John and Paul set out to bring Bodine and Post to justice. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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They were damned good cowboys, until they robbed a bank.

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The Wild Rovers is one of the rare instances where Blake Edwards collaborated with another composer instead of his regular musical associate, Henry Mancini, who was working on another movie. In this case, Jerry Goldsmith came to the fore, providing a rich, vibrant, and sometimes stark score to accompany the story. See more »

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Ross Bodine: You show me an old cowboy, a young cowboy or an in between cowboy with more than a few dollars in his poke and I'll show a cowboy that stopped being a cowboy and robbed banks.
Frank Post: Well, let's rob us a bank.
Ross Bodine: It'll be safer than getting married.
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Featured in The Moviemakers (1971) See more »

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Ballad of the Wild Rovers
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Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Sung by William Holden
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Don't Bother With This Mess
31 July 2016 | by (Nelson, BC) – See all my reviews

The late sixties/early seventies was a great time for westerns -- McCabe and Mrs. Miller came out the same year as Wild Rovers, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid two years before, and, of course, William Holden was just coming off of The Wild Bunch when he was cast here. Alas, this is not a great western. The first problem is that Blake Edwards seems intent on making a grand spectacle, along the lines of Duel In The Sun or The Big Country, rather than the more introspective westerns that reinvigorated the genre. Note, for instance, that the movie has an overture and an intermission, Hollywood spectacle staples. The photography is spectacular -- sometimes -- but poorly handled. For instance, in the movie's opening shots we see a pair of cowboys beautifully silhouetted against a big sky as they come riding, riding... Riding somewhere for a long time. This underscores the poor editing in this film: make your point and move on, don't just pile shot on shot of the same thing -- but perhaps I'm being too harsh here, as the "restored" version may not be true to Edwards' vision. But it is precisely that vision that is the movie's main flaw: there are numerous plot lines (some of which are never resolved) and the focus on the main characters is lost. Rambling and self-indulgent, this could have been a good western; instead, it gets lost in its own pretentiousness. What should have been a tale about two cowboys and their scheme to rob a bank becomes a steaming mess of plot lines. I find it interesting to compare this film to Edwards' comedy work with Peter Sellers or his ventures into the private detective genre, which are far better written, edited, and directed.


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