My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys (1991)

PG  |   |  Drama, Western  |  1 March 1991 (USA)
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A rodeo rider decides to quit his line of work after a serious injury, but when he visits his family and finds out that his dad is not well, he'll have to risk it one more time.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cynthia Mackey ...
Ambulance attendant (as Cynthia H. Mackey)
Bill Clymer ...
Rodeo announcer
Benjamin Rosenberg ...
Jim Robnett ...
Jennifer Johnson ...


A rodeo rider decides to quit his line of work after a serious injury, but when he visits his family and finds out that his dad is not well, he'll have to risk it one more time.

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Drama | Western






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1 March 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mina hjältar har alltid varit cowboys  »

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$3,603,615 (USA)

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Lane Frost was originally going to perform the stunts for the main character (H.D. Dalton), and his wife Kellie Kyle-Frost (now Macy) was working as stunt coordinator for the film at the time of Lane's death at the 1989 Frontier Days in Cheyenne, WY. After Lane's death, his good friend Tuff Hedeman performed the stunt work. See more »


When HD is shaving in the mirror and his Dad is watching, he cuts himself several times, the first one in the middle of his left cheek. Afterward he is shown with bits of toilet paper stuck to the cuts, but the one on the left cheek is almost under his ear instead of where he actually cut it. See more »

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13 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There isn't much to say about this rodeo 'Rocky' rip-off. In a nutshell: hard-drinkin', slow-talking', two-fisted bronco buster Scott Glenn has to ride the meanest bull on Earth to win the money needed to keep his ailing father out of a nursing home, and so forth and so on. The formula is copied right down to the inspirational training montage and sappy, uplifting music score, and there's even a little cowboy Zen philosophy from old wrangler Ben Johnson. Besides being sloppy and derivative, the film is also too influenced by the MTV aesthetic, hardly the appropriate style for a country-western ballad: the camera is too close to the actors, the scissors too handy in the editing room, and the volume of the soundtrack is cranked far too loud. Better talent has never been more wasted: Johnson and Gary Busey provide a measure of stability, but Tess Harper gives what has to be one of the most irritating performances of the year. Keep a sharp lookout for Mickey Rooney, playing Johnson's nursing home buddy…don't blink or you'll miss him.

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