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The Cowboys (1972)

GP  -  Adventure | Comedy | Drama  -  13 January 1972 (USA)
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When his cattle drivers abandon him for the gold fields, rancher Wil Andersen is forced to take on a collection of young boys as his drivers in order to get his herd to market in time to ... See full summary »

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Alfred Barker Jr. ...
Fats - Cowboy
Nicolas Beauvy ...
Dan - Cowboy
Steve Benedict ...
Steve - Cowboy
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Slim Honeycutt - Cowboy
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Weedy - Cowboy (as Norman Howell Jr.)
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Charlie Schwartz - Cowboy (as Stephen Hudis)
Sean Kelly ...
Stuttering Bob - Cowboy
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Clay O'Brien ...
Hardy Fimps - Cowboy
Sam O'Brien ...
Jimmy Phillips - Cowboy
Mike Pyeatt ...
Homer Weems - Cowboy
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When his cattle drivers abandon him for the gold fields, rancher Wil Andersen is forced to take on a collection of young boys as his drivers in order to get his herd to market in time to avoid financial disaster. The boys learn to do a man's job under Andersen's tutelage, however, neither Andersen nor the boys know that a gang of cattle thieves is stalking them. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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All they wanted was their chance to be men...and he gave it to them. See more »


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13 January 1972 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$7,500,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Mark Rydell originally sought George C. Scott for the role of Wil Andersen because he despised John Wayne's views on the Vietnam War and other aspects of U.S. foreign policy. Ironically, some critics in 1972 believed that the way in which Wayne's character drafts the children out of school was a pro-war allegory for Vietnam. See more »

Goofs

Take a good look behind the Pre-Trail Drive Anderson while he's talking to the boys at the homestead. The mountain behind him has a visible white object at the top. The USAF Radar site wasn't there until the early 1950's. See more »

Quotes

Anse Petersen: Did you ever think of hiring boys?
Wil Andersen: What boys?
Anse Petersen: School boys.
Wil Andersen: Oh sure and women. How about my ma in Cedar City. She's only ninety two.
Anse Petersen: Well you ain't got a lot of choice.
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Referenced in Road Movie (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Guitar Concerto in D, 2nd movement (Largo)
(uncredited)
Written by Antonio Vivaldi
Played by Slim and also heard during a scene of the drive
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The best of the Duke for everyone
14 March 2005 | by (Washington State) – See all my reviews

Obviously, John Wayne had a long and distinguished career in the movies. Of course, he was merely playing himself time after time. In this movie, that works wonderfully well.

He plays Wil Anderson, a man in his 60s with little else he can do but hire a classroom of boys to help with a cattle drive. This makes for a fun outing for anyone in any age group. Roscoe Lee Browne is well cast here. His scene with Colleen Dewhurst is very well played. Bruce Dern is great, too!

My son, who is a big fan of "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones", pointed out the John Williams music in "The Cowboys"; it is very good indeed.

"The Cowboys" is my choice for the movie to introduce people to John Wayne. It definitely makes you want to see more! Out of four stars, I rate it: ***.5


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