The Train Robbers (1973)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Romance, Western  |  7 February 1973 (USA)
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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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Mrs. Lowe
Bobby Vinton ...
Jerry Gatlin ...
Sam Turner


After the death of her husband, Mrs. Lowe (Ann-Margret) wants to tell the railroad where to find the half million U.S. dollars in gold her late husband, Matt, stole during a train robbery, and clear the family name for her son. Instead Lane (John Wayne) convinces her to retrieve the gold so she can collect the $50,000 reward offered by the railroad for its return. Lane lines up some old friends to assist him in retrieving the gold for a share of the reward. But the other original train robbers have gathered a gang and will try to get the gold at any cost. As they all journey into Mexico in search of the hidden gold they are followed closely by Ricardo Montalban's character, a Pinkerton agent. After a series of adventures and battles they return to Texas with the gold where there is one final battle. The next day Lane and his men put Mrs. Lowe on a train to return the gold and tell her she can keep the reward for herself and her son. As they are walking past the end of the train they ... Written by monterey redfox

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The gold or the grave. The young widow could lead them to either. See more »


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7 February 1973 (USA)  »

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Dreckiges Gold  »

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Rod Taylor was bemused by John Wayne's adoration for President Richard Nixon. Wayne was avidly supporting Nixon's reelection campaign. See more »


During the era depicted, the price of gold in US dollars was fixed at $20.67 per troy ounce. $500,000 worth of gold would therefore weigh about 750 kg or 1,660 pounds avoirdupois - far too much for one man to shift or for one mule to carry, as depicted in different scenes. See more »


Mrs. Lowe: All you do is drift.
Lane: It's what I'm good at.
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Enjoyable But Minor Wayne Vehicle
16 February 2010 | by (The Lonesome Prairie) – See all my reviews

One of the good, though less talked about John Wayne films that sort of slipped between the cracks of True Grit and Rooster Cogburn, The Train Robbers is a bit light-weight most of the time, but a lot of fun, especially the exciting cat-and-mouse game played out in the final thirty minutes.

Writer/director Burt Kennedy wrote some of the best unsung westerns ever. Each of them are loaded with the nuances that almost every modern attempt at the genre seems to lack, things like hard decision making and the hazards of crossing the frontier, stuff that made this and other Kennedy-scripted movies really satisfying.

It's great to see the Duke here, riding alongside such great co-stars as Rod Taylor, Ben Johnson, and Christopher George, though Ann-Margaret seems a bit miscast. With her in the movie, you can pretty much guess the final scene way in advance!

From the fifties onward, Wayne made a point to cast young teen idols, singers, and up-and-comers in his pictures, like Tab Hunter, Fabian, Ricky Nelson, Glen Campbell, Jeffrey Hunter, and James Caan. With that in mind, the casting of Bobby Vinton still seems like an odd choice, as he was pretty old-school, even for 1973! He's alright though, in his limited role as Wayne's sidekick's sidekick's sidekick!

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