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The Cowboy Way (1994)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Comedy, Drama  |  3 June 1994 (USA)
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Two buddies and championship rodeo partners travel to New York to find their missing friend, Nacho Salazar, after he disappears after travelling to New York City to pick up his daughter, ... See full summary »



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Two buddies and championship rodeo partners travel to New York to find their missing friend, Nacho Salazar, after he disappears after travelling to New York City to pick up his daughter, Theresa. When Pepper and Sonny find that neither is anywhere to be found, they go about the wacky adventure of finding Nacho and Theresa, and in the process, test the foundation of their friendship. Along the way, they find themselves entwined in the inner workings of a New York sweat shop where Theresa has been enslaved after traveling to the U.S.A. from Cuba. Going about doing things in a cowboy way, Pepper and Sonny put their small town skills to the test in a big city kind of way and rescue Theresa from the thugs. Written by Chris Roybal <>

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How the East was won.

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Rated PG-13 for violence, some language and comic sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 June 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Deux cow-boys à New York  »

Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)


$20,277,185 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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At one point Woody Harrelson tells Ernie Hudson that there are no real cowboys from Texas. However, later when asked about Bill Pickett, Woody didn't know who he was and replied ,"Oh, William!". Willie M. "Bill" Pickett is from Texas and was called the "Greatest Cowboy" of his day. See more »


When the cowboys are on the road, Pepper says that he is past Tulsa, Oklahoma. They are later seen going through a desert landscape. There are no deserts past Oklahoma See more »


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Not a great movie, but...
18 July 2000 | by (Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

This is by no means the best movie I've ever seen, but I must confess (however guiltily) that I enjoyed it a great deal more than the reviewers I consulted led me to expect I might. -- Kiefer Sutherland and Woody Harrelson are appealing as the two male leads, old rodeo friends who had a major falling out years before but now find themselves teamed up to help an old friend find his daughter. Their adventures in urban New York City are, by turns, humorous and suspenseful. Dylan McDermott demonstrates some considerable acting range as a sleazy weasel. The inevitable chase scene through downtown Manhattan somehow seems fresh and exciting. -- No one will confuse this piece with High Art, but one could spend one's time in worse ways...

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