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The Cowboys -- A gunhand named Lane is hired by a widow, Mrs. Lowe, to find gold stolen by her husband so that she may return it and start fresh.

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Director:
Writers:
William Dale Jennings (novel)
Irving Ravetch (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
13 January 1972 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
All they wanted was their chance to be men...and he gave it to them. See more »
Plot:
When his cattle drivers abandon him for the gold fields, rancher Wil Andersen is forced to take on a... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
"We're Burning Daylight" See more (72 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... Wil Andersen

Roscoe Lee Browne ... Jebediah Nightlinger

Bruce Dern ... Long Hair

Colleen Dewhurst ... Kate
Alfred Barker Jr. ... Fats - Cowboy
Nicolas Beauvy ... Dan - Cowboy
Steve Benedict ... Steve - Cowboy

Robert Carradine ... Slim Honeycutt - Cowboy

Norman Howell ... Weedy - Cowboy (as Norman Howell Jr.)

Stephen R. Hudis ... Charlie Schwartz - Cowboy (as Stephen Hudis)
Sean Kelly ... Stuttering Bob - Cowboy

A Martinez ... Cimarron - Cowboy
Clay O'Brien ... Hardy Fimps - Cowboy
Sam O'Brien ... Jimmy Phillips - Cowboy
Mike Pyeatt ... Homer Weems - Cowboy

Slim Pickens ... Anse
Lonny Chapman ... Homer's Father

Charles Tyner ... Stonemason
Sarah Cunningham ... Annie Andersen

Allyn Ann McLerie ... Ellen Price
Maggie Costain ... Phoebe

Matt Clark ... Smiley
Jerry Gatlin ... Howdy

Walter Scott ... Okay

Richard Farnsworth ... Henry Williams (as Dick Farnsworth)
Wallace Brooks ... Red Tucker
Charise Cullin ... Elizabeth
Collette Poeppel ... Rosemary (as Colette Poeppel)
Norman Howell Sr. ... Jim's Father (as Norman Howell)
Rita Hudis ... Charlie's Mother
Margaret Kelly ... Bob's Mother
Larry Randles ... Ben
Larry Finley ... Jake
Jim Burk ... Pete
Fred Brookfield ... Rustler
Tap Canutt ... Rustler
Chuck Courtney ... Rustler
Gary Epper ... Rustler
Tony Epper ... Rustler
Kent Hays ... Rustler
J.R. Randall ... Rustler
Henry Wills ... Rustler
Joe Yrigoyen ... Rustler
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ralph Volkie ... Ralphie (uncredited)

Directed by
Mark Rydell 
 
Writing credits
William Dale Jennings (novel)

Irving Ravetch (screenplay) &
Harriet Frank Jr. (screenplay) and
William Dale Jennings (screenplay)

Produced by
Mark Rydell .... producer
Tim Zinnemann .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
John Williams 
 
Cinematography by
Robert Surtees (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Neil Travis 
 
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
 
Production Design by
Philip M. Jefferies  (as Philip Jefferies)
 
Set Decoration by
William Kiernan 
 
Costume Design by
Anthea Sylbert 
 
Makeup Department
Pat Abbott .... hair stylist (as Patricia Abbott)
Dave Grayson .... makeup artist
Emile LaVigne .... makeup artist (as Emile La Vigne)
 
Production Management
Nate H. Edwards .... production manager
Dick Moder .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert 'Buzz' Henry .... second unit director (as Robert Buzz Henry)
Tim Zinnemann .... assistant director
Jerry Ballew .... trainee assistant director (uncredited)
Frederic W. Brost .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Dick Moder .... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Andy Siegel .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Robert Schultz .... property master
Jose Abrignani .... plasterer (uncredited)
Henry Alvarado .... laborer (uncredited)
Ray Barone .... painter (uncredited)
Joe Butterworth .... greensman (uncredited)
Joseph De Franco .... constructor (uncredited)
Albert Ellis .... construction gang boss (uncredited)
Hayes Ewing .... constructor (uncredited)
Guy Faria .... constructor (uncredited)
Frank Hafemann .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Oscar Hall .... constructor (uncredited)
Buck Hawkins .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Jack Jancich .... painter (uncredited)
John Jensen .... illustrator (uncredited)
Maurice Larson .... painter (uncredited)
Ben Massi .... painter (uncredited)
Ed Mulay .... second props (uncredited)
Angel Perez .... constructor (uncredited)
Bob Stahler .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Weston Webb .... constructor (uncredited)
Marty Wunderlich .... third props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Richard Portman .... re-recordist
Kay Rose .... sound editor
Jack Solomon .... sound
John Ferguson .... radio man (uncredited)
Joe Kenworthy .... cable person (uncredited)
Al Yaylian .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Daniel Hays .... special effects (uncredited)
George Peckham .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Floyd Baze .... stunt double (uncredited)
Fred Brookfield .... stunts (uncredited)
Jim Burk .... stunts (uncredited)
Tap Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Catching .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Courtney .... stunts (uncredited)
Gary Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Tony Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Gatlin .... stunts (uncredited)
Kent Hays .... stunts (uncredited)
Robert 'Buzz' Henry .... stunts (uncredited)
Walt La Rue .... stunts (uncredited)
Glenn Randall Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
J.R. Randall .... stunts (uncredited)
Larry Randles .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... stunt double: John Wayne (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... stunts (uncredited)
Walter Scott .... stunts (uncredited)
Casey Tibbs .... stunts (uncredited)
Buddy Van Horn .... stunts (uncredited)
Henry Wills .... stunts (uncredited)
Walter Wyatt .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Yrigoyen .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Glen Bird .... gaffer
James R. Connell .... camera operator
Don Lambert .... key grip
Terry K. Meade .... camera operator
Richard Barth .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Mark H. Davis .... photographer: second unit (uncredited)
Edward Morey III .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Gregory Nowak .... second grip (uncredited)
Dave Sutton .... special photographer (uncredited)
Mel Traxel .... still photographer (uncredited)
Joseph M. Wilcots .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Robert Willoughby .... special still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Luster Bayless .... costumer: John Wayne (uncredited)
Lambert Marks .... costumer (uncredited)
Neva Rames .... costumer: women (uncredited)
G. Tony Scarano .... costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Robert Swink .... supervising film editor
Skip Nicholson .... laboratory: Technicolor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Donald Harris .... music editor
Tommy Morgan .... Musician: Harmonica
 
Transportation Department
James Antúnez .... driver: mobile home (uncredited)
George Coleman .... driver: s/w (uncredited)
Jerry Courion .... driver: crane (uncredited)
Bob Edwards .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Bob Goodrich .... driver: horse truck (uncredited)
Jack Lietzke .... driver: bus (uncredited)
Wilbur Munson .... driver: honeywagon (uncredited)
Frank Olmstead .... driver: special effects/wardrobe (uncredited)
Jack Schroetter .... driver: grip electric (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Red Burns .... riding instructor
Bob Forrest .... script supervisor
Phill Norman .... title designer
Joan Arnold .... production secretary (uncredited)
Harold Bates .... wrangler (uncredited)
Jack Casey .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Joe Catalfo .... first aid (uncredited)
Marty Dark .... timekeeper (uncredited)
Robert Davenport .... wrangler (uncredited)
Bill Gallant .... location manager (uncredited)
James W. Gavin .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Rolly Harper .... caterer (uncredited)
Lester Hoyle .... script supervisor: second unit (uncredited)
Billy Jones .... ramrod (uncredited)
Gordon G. Jones .... wrangler (uncredited)
Ray Kennedy .... wrangler (uncredited)
Frank D. Lane .... wrangler (uncredited)
George Leslie .... location auditor (uncredited)
Joe Lomax Sr. .... wrangler (uncredited)
Stanley Mark .... auditor: Sanford (uncredited)
Gene O'Brien .... wrangler (uncredited)
Buddy Sherwood .... wrangler (uncredited)
Nanette Siegert .... secretary: Mark Rydell (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
131 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (35 mm prints) | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | 4-Track Stereo (some 35 mm prints)
Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 (uncut) (1999) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1972) | Germany:16 (DVD rating) | Iceland:12 | Norway:16 | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:12 (tv rating) | UK:12 (video re-rating) (this work has been approved under the different versions categories policy 2004) (2005) (uncut) | UK:PG (SubTV: cut by 1m 53 secs) (1992) | UK:PG (video rating: cut by 1m 30 secs) (1987) | USA:PG | USA:GP (original rating) | West Germany:16 (f)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

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:
Revealing mistakes: When Mr. Anderson is branding the calf during roundup, he only touches the iron to the calf once even though the brand on other livestock clearly shows two distinct O's. Before he brands the calf, one can clearly see that the iron is a single O.See more »
Quotes:
Wil Andersen:You know, trail driving is not Sunday school picnic. You got to figure you're dealing with the dumbest oneriest critter on God's green earth. The cow is nothing but trouble tied up in a leather bag - and the horse ain't much better.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Pooltime (2010)See more »
Soundtrack:
Guitar Concerto in D, 2nd movement (Largo)See more »

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41 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
"We're Burning Daylight", 7 February 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

I've always had a feeling that John Wayne had some kind of health crisis and deliberately chose The Cowboys to be his swan song film. When it didn't work out that way, he went on and did some more until The Shootist.

Ever since his Oscar in True Grit, Wayne began playing men of his own age in his films and a common thread seemed to be imparting values to the next generations whether they wanted them or not. You can see that readily in films like Rio Lobo, Big Jake, Chisum, The Train Robbers, and Cahill, U.s. Marshal. Most especially in The Shootist with Ron Howard as his pupil.

But in The Cowboys he had a mess of pupils. Wayne's a hardworking rancher whose hands have deserted him because of a rumored gold strike. He has to get his cattle to market, so out of desperation he hires a bunch pubescent and pre-pubescent youngsters from the town.

The trail drive is quite the lesson for these kids. They learn about life that it is about hard work, responsibility, and keeping your given word. Wayne gets a second chance at fatherhood, he didn't do such a good job of it with his own two sons. More like grandfatherhood at his age, but the kids learn well.

Along as a second role model is Roscoe Lee Browne. Possessor of one of the greatest speaking voices in the English speaking world, Browne is the first black man they've ever met. In fact one of the kids uses the "N" word when first meeting him, out of ignorance more than racism. Browne sets them straight by example more than preaching.

The oldest two kids, A Martinez and Robert Carradine, have gone on to some considerable adult careers which they are still enjoying. All the kids are a winning bunch however.

A couple of the Duke's later westerns like The Train Robbers and Cahill I found to be flawed. Not so here. Director Mark Rydell keeps this one going at a good pace and does wonders with his cast of all ages.

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