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Release Date:
13 October 1971 (France) See more »
They were damned good cowboys, until they robbed a bank.
Ross Bodine and Frank Post are cowhands on Walt Buckman's R-Bar-R ranch. Bodine is older and broods... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

William Holden ... Ross Bodine

Ryan O'Neal ... Frank Post

Karl Malden ... Walter Buckman
Lynn Carlin ... Sada Billings

Tom Skerritt ... John Buckman

Joe Don Baker ... Paul Buckman

James Olson ... Joe Billings
Leora Dana ... Nell Buckman

Moses Gunn ... Ben

Victor French ... Sheriff

Rachel Roberts ... Maybell
Sam Gilman ... Hansen
Charles H. Gray ... Savage (as Charles Gray)
William Bryant ... Hereford
Jack Garner ... Cap Swilling
Caitlin Wyles ... Bodine's Girl
Mary Jackson ... Sada's Mother

William Lucking ... Ruff
Ed Bakey ... Gambler
Ted Gehring ... Tucson Sheriff

Alan Carney ... Palace Bartender
Ed Long ... Cassidy
Patrick Sullivan Burke ... Palace Tenor

Lee de Broux ... Leaky (as Lee DeBroux)
Hal Lynch ... Mack
Boyd 'Red' Morgan ... Sheepman (as Red Morgan)
Bennie E. Dobbins ... Sheepman (as Bennie Dobbins)
Bob Beck ... Bathhouse Attendant
Geoffrey Edwards ... Attendant's Son
Herb Tanney ... Piano Player (as Studs Tanney)
Bruno VeSota ... Cantina Bartender
Dick Crockett ... Sheriff's Deputy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barbara Baldavin ... (uncredited)
Phyllis Douglas ... (uncredited)
Michael Haynes ... (uncredited)
Gloria Hill ... (uncredited)

Jay W. MacIntosh ... (uncredited)
Beatriz Monteil ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Blake Edwards 
Writing credits
Blake Edwards (written by)

Produced by
Blake Edwards .... producer
Ken Wales .... producer
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
Cinematography by
Philip H. Lathrop (director of photography) (as Philip Lathrop)
Film Editing by
John F. Burnett 
Casting by
Joseph D'Agosta (uncredited)
Art Direction by
George W. Davis 
Addison Hehr 
Set Decoration by
Reg Allen 
Robert R. Benton 
Costume Design by
Jack Bear 
Makeup Department
Cherie .... hair stylist (as Chérie)
Thomas Tuttle .... makeup artist (as Tom Tuttle)
William Turner .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Ridgeway Callow .... unit production manager
Jack McEdward .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alan Callow .... assistant director
Dick Crockett .... second unit director
William R. Poole .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Lorin Bennett Salob .... dga trainee (uncredited)
Art Department
Ed Mulay .... props (uncredited)
Robert Murdock .... props (uncredited)
Don Pringle .... greensman (uncredited)
Rick Simpson .... leadman (uncredited)
Frank Wesselhoff .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Harry W. Tetrick .... sound
Bruce Wright .... sound
George Songer .... cable person (uncredited)
James Utterback .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Earl McCoy .... special effects (uncredited)
Charles Schulthies .... special effects (uncredited)
Michael Haynes .... stunts (uncredited)
Michael Masters .... stunts (uncredited)
Ron Nix .... expert rider (uncredited)
Al Wyatt Sr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Stanley .... photographer: second unit
Mel Anderson .... grip (uncredited)
Robert J. Banks .... best boy (uncredited)
Wilbert Bratton .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Duke Callaghan .... camera operator (uncredited)
Eric Carpenter .... still photographer (uncredited)
Ray De La Motte .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
George Holt .... grip (uncredited)
Don Howard .... video recordist (uncredited)
Cliff King .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Don Larson .... grip (uncredited)
George Lasher .... gaffer (uncredited)
Leo Monlon .... grip (uncredited)
Jim Porter .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Norman Punter .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Cliff Ralke .... grip (uncredited)
Lee Smith .... generator operator (uncredited)
Robert Willoughby .... special still photographer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Frank Kennedy .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Norman A. Burza .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Elva Martien .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Music Department
William Saracino .... music editor
Laurindo Almeida .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Larry Bunker .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Carl Fortina .... musician: accordion (uncredited)
Caesar Giovannini .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Jerry Goldsmith .... conductor (uncredited)
Artie Kane .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Michael J. McDonald .... score remixer (uncredited)
Malcolm McNab .... musician: third trumpet (uncredited)
Tommy Morgan .... musician: harmonica (uncredited)
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Richard Nash .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Lloyd Hanlon .... transportation gaffer (uncredited)
Other crew
Linda Friedman .... assistant: producers
Peter Benoit .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Hal Driscoll .... animal handler (uncredited)
Marie Kenney .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Frank D. Lane .... ramrod wrangler (uncredited)
John Morrison .... location manager (uncredited)
Jerry Parker .... first aid (uncredited)
Paul Roedl .... location auditor (uncredited)
John Suhrada .... location timekeeper (uncredited)
Ed Villa .... craft service (uncredited)
Jack N. Young .... location manager (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
136 min | 106 min (original U.S. theatrical release version)
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Australia:M (tv rating) | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:18 (1974) | Portugal:M/12 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | UK:A (original rating) | USA:GP

Did You Know?

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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Lady Liberty (1971)See more »
Ballad of the Wild RoversSee more »


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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A Fresh Stake For A New Start, 1 September 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The Wild Rovers had a lot of potential, but it needed someone versed in the western genre to make it come together. That it didn't have with Blake Edwards.

Edwards certainly was eager enough in this assignment. Watching the film you can see some touches of Ford, of Peckinpah, even of guys like Lesley Selander and William Witney who directed hundreds of B westerns back in the day. But it's like a copy of a masterpiece.

William Holden and Ryan O'Neal a pair of knockabout cowboys who up and decide one day that they're tired of breaking their backs for the local Ponderosa owner, Karl Malden. They decide to rob James Olson's bank and leave the territory with a fresh stake for a new start.

Karl Malden is not just comparative to Ben Cartwright in the immense size of his property. He's a most upright individual who feels that the robbery of the bank where it's mostly his money inside is a blot on the character of his establishment. He charges his two sons Joe Don Baker and Tom Skerritt with bringing back Holden and O'Neal alive or dead.

There's a subplot going on involving a range war with Karl Malden battling some sheepherders who want to invade his domain. The two parts of the story are not well knitted together. In fact, I'm not sure it was necessary to begin with.

On the plus side Holden and O'Neal have a nice chemistry between them, in fact there's a bit of a hint of homosexuality between them. The camera work is fine, but it's more than a homage to Sam Peckinpah.

Blake Edwards should stick to comedies. In fact he directed Holden in his last film, S.O.B., and that one is more in his element and it's a classic. That's the collaboration I strongly recommend.

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