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Cowboys Don't Cry (1988)

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As long as Shane Morgan can remember, he has lived on the road with his mother and father, a rodeo performer. Their dreams of making enough money to settle down happily in one place are ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ron White ...
Josh Morgan
Zachary Ansley ...
Shane Morgan
Lindsay Sutherland
Valerie Pearson ...
Candace Ratcliffe ...
Casey Sutherland
Roger Sutherland
Rebecca Jenkins ...
Lucy Morgan
Joshua Ansley ...
Young Shane Morgan
Ron Grady
Janet Wright ...
Barney O'Sullivan ...
Mr. Edwards
Wendell Smith ...
Matt Wiley
Graham McPherson ...
Mr. Zaharchuk
Thomas Peacocke ...
Mr. Thorpe
Jason Wolff ...


As long as Shane Morgan can remember, he has lived on the road with his mother and father, a rodeo performer. Their dreams of making enough money to settle down happily in one place are shattered when a traffic accident kills his mother, and his father takes so badly to drink that Shane becomes the de facto head of the household. When his grandfather dies, leaving Shane a small ranch in his will, he hopes that his dream might come true at last. But how can a 14-year-old boy turn the run-down place around and keep the banker from seizing it, while attending school and looking after a father who is usually in the liability column? Written by Paul Emmons <>

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Rodeo Family
25 July 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Cowboys Don't Cry offers the proposition that if they don't cry, there are occasions they should. Such is the tale of the Morgan family which is a rodeo family.

Father Ron White is a two time champion bullrider who is starting the down side of his career. Mother Rebecca Jenkins is a barrel racing rodeo queen and their son Joshua Ansley also earns some money in the junior steer riding events. Dad's a bit of a hellraiser, but otherwise they're a happy family.

That is until a drunken white won't let Jenkins be a designated driver one night and the family piles up in a wreck with Jenkins killed. After that the descent for White as a bullrider quickens as he buries himself in alcohol. There are days when the only brought in is when his son wins the steer riding events.

Four years pass and the son is now played by Zachary Ansley and his maternal grandfather leaves him his small ranch as a legacy with his father as guardian until he's 18. Big mistake right there, but I'm betting that the grandfather had no one else.

Young Zach assumes the responsibility of the ranch with his father now an alcoholic who won't give up dreams of rodeo glory.

This production from Canada is a fine family film with the cast giving some sincere performances. The ending was a bad one though. I'll only say as a family who were rodeo performers, what happens in the end never should have occurred.

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