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I want to go with you, Mr. Culpepper. I ride real good and I can do a lot of things. I mean, I'll work at almost anything, Mr. Culpepper. I really want to go.
Because I want to be a cowboy more than anything, Mr. Culpepper.
Well, that's one hell of an ambition, boy.
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A Great Film That Has Jerry Bruckheimer In The Credits !
I normally hate westerns but I could watch THE CULPEPPER CATTLE COMPANY over and over again . This a bleak nihilistic extremely well written western that`s also understated . Don`t you get a feeling that Frank Culpepper built his cattle business through illegal activities ? This is never disclosed but the signs are there . Best of all is the characterisation , man there`s some really nasty people here , imagine the school bullies from hell riding about on horses and you`ve got the idea and the cast make the most of their roles , special mention goes to Geoffrey Lewis and Bo Hopkins . The only reason I can think off why IMDB members have given this film a relatively low vote is because they`re turned off by the violence and amorality of this film . Well I guess if you were brought up on the all American values of John Wayne`s wild west THE CULPEPPER CATTLE COMPANY may very well shock you.
Perhaps the most shocking thing is the fact that the associate producer is one Jerry Bruckheimer ! Yes it`s that Jerry Bruckheimer the man who produced shallow popcorn blockbusters like BEVERLY HILLS COP , TOP GUN , ARMAGEDDON and PEARL HARBOR and who is probably the most powerful figure in Hollywood today
But don`t let the name of Bruckheimer put you off this great film , this is every bit as great as THE WILD BUNCH which also featured Bo Hopkins in a similar role
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