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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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The youngest was nine. There wasn't one of them over fifteen. At first, he couldn't stand the sight of them. At last, he couldn't take his eyes away. 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

Roscoe Lee Browne was urged by his friends not to work with the right-wing John Wayne. He ignored them and the two actors refrained from discussing politics during filming. See more »

Goofs

Early in the movie when the old bull and new bull are fighting, the old bull is a Brahman cross bull, probably a beefmaster or beefmaster type. This is easily identified by the loose skin, particularly around the sheath, and slightly larger ears. However, the first Brahman cattle were imported into the United States in 1854 from India and were used in a Circus, cattle for breeding were not imported until the end of the 1800's. These cattle were kept solely in the Gulf states until well into the 1900s due to the fact that they are extremely heat tolerant but do very poorly in colder climates. Even todays Brahman and cross cattle could not survive in the extreme winter weather of the north. Ref American Brahman Breeders Association, History of Brahman Cattle. While this is a fact that would be unnoticed by anyone who was not very familiar with breeds of cattle, it is a fact that would never occur in real life. See more »

Quotes

[before fighting Asa Watts]
Wil Andersen: I'm thirty years older than you are. I had my back broke once, and my hip twice. And on my worst day I could beat the hell out of you.
Asa Watts: [smiles, shakes his head] I don't think so.
Wil Andersen: You will.
[Knocks him down with a big left]
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Referenced in Road Movie (1974) See more »

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Star Spangled Banner
(uncredited)
Written by John Stafford Smith
Performed by School Children
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I have watched it every year for 34 years!
6 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Cowboys has never gotten the attention it deserves. I saw it at age 13 when it was released and loved it. Wayne's performance is much more mature and deep than his Oscar winner as Rooster Cogburn. Roscoe Lee Browne's performance helped to dispel racial stereotypes in westerns. And Bruce Dern's riveting psychopathic role as a child abuser and back shooter brought him death threats. The Cowboys has it all. Great scenery, action, drama, solid acting and a great musical score by John Williams. Even the small parts with Slim Pickens and Colleen Dewhurst are jewels. Every teenage boy should see this film and John Wayne lovers should revisit this beautiful film.


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