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The Train Robbers (1973)

PG  |   |  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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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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Director Burt Kennedy wanted to cast Jack Elam as Grady. However John Wayne would not allow this, because he felt Elam had stolen too many scenes from him in Rio Lobo (1970). See more »

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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 »

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Lane: If anyone tries to cross that river before we're out of sight - baptize 'em.
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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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