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The Train Robbers (1973)

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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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Complete credited cast:
Mrs. Lowe
Jerry Gatlin ...
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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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Cursed gold, a vanished train and a thief's widow. He'd do better walking into hell! See more »


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Release Date:

7 February 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dreckiges Gold  »

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Michele Carey who had co-starred with John Wayne in El Dorado was his first choice for the female lead in both True Grit and The Train Robbers but both times her schedule did not allow her to commit to the filming of either. See more »


As the train full of horsemen pulls into the station, there is a brief shot of the back of the stock car and it has steel ends, which was not common practice until the early twentieth century. See more »


[First scene -- Lane has summoned his gun-toting friends to a rendezvous]
Grady: Alright, what's it all about, Jess?
Jesse: Beats me. All Lane said was meet him here at the train stop. It'd be worth it.
Calhoun: To him or us?
Grady: Oh, what difference does it make? It's something to do, isn't it?
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References Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) See more »

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A pleasant enough flick--nothing more
18 March 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Late in his career, John Wayne made quite a few very leisurely films where he just kind of walked through the parts. Of course, considering he was pretty old and had been battling with cancer, it certainly isn't much of a surprise. What is a surprise is that he was, on occasion, able to play some of the roles he played--such as in BRANNIGAN and his final film, THE SHOOTIST. THE TRAIN ROBBERS is such a leisurely romp. Sure, they ride their horses a lot (probably too much, if you ask me), but the action scenes were pretty subdued other than a gunfight here and there and a couple punches--sort of a kinder, gentler sort of John Wayne.

This film is about a widow who wants Wayne and his friends to cross into Mexico to rescue some stolen gold and return it for the reward. Along the way, there are a lot of good moments of dialog between those in the party and, not surprisingly, the old professional Ben Johnson came off best in these scenes.

While the overall film offered few big surprises, the ending was pretty exciting and for Wayne fans this is a must-see. For others, it's a pleasant enough Western--you could certainly do a lot worse!

By the way--Two final comments. Bobby Vinton was in the movie but you'd hardly notice. Also, in one scene, a mule knocks one of them into a huge mud puddle. Only seconds later, the same guy is barely wet at all--an interesting continuity problem.

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