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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:
A surprisingly tough Western with good acting 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)
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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)
 
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Additional Details

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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)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The poem read in the school, starting "Hail to thee blithe spirit/ Bird thou never wert . . . " is "To A Skylark" by Percy Bysshe Shelley.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: In the beginning of the movie, the children in school are singing "The Star Spangled Banner". This is unlikely as that song was not adopted as the National Anthem until March 3rd 1931.See more »
Quotes:
Jebediah Nightlinger:You're staring at me, children. I feel your eyes on my back. Now why is that?See more »
Movie Connections:
Remade as The Cowboys (????)See more »
Soundtrack:
Guitar Concerto in D, 2nd movement (Largo)See more »

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18 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
A surprisingly tough Western with good acting, 30 December 2005
Author: mlouns from United States

"The Cowboys" gives a solid performance by John Wayne, with excellent support from Roscoe Lee Browne and especially Bruce Dern.

John Wayne plays his role well as the aging rancher who needs to get his herd on the trail and has trouble finding help. He shows softer moments than is typical for him, and seems almost wistful at times.

The supporting cast of about a dozen boys who end up helping him do a pretty good job as well. When the film gets under way, the boys make you think you are in for a relatively smooth ride, but some of the later scenes get pretty intense.

Browne has the somewhat trite role of a wisdom-dispensing African-American, but he does have some good lines that he does well with. Whereas many films today might downplay the issue of his skin color, "The Cowboys" has fairly realistic reactions from a variety of people to a black man working in the West.

Bruce Dern comes off as one of the creepiest bad guys in a Western. In early scenes his (unnamed) character tries to pass himself off as smooth and sweet-talking, but eventually his true colors show, and he is downright scary. He has an especially frightening confrontation with one of the boys, and a wild-eyed showdown with John Wayne that really cements him as one of the worst bad guys ever played in a Western.

The story is pretty much by the book, with only one big surprise in a fight near the end. It also takes a little while to get going, but by the first scene with the boys in the corral, it hums along.

On the whole, a good Western with some excellent acting.

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