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The Cowboy Way (1994)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 3 June 1994 (USA)
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Airs Tue. Oct. 25, 6:40 AM on HBO

Buddies Pepper Lewis (Woody Harrelson) and Sonny Gilstrap (Kiefer Sutherland) who are championship rodeo partners travel to New York to find their missing friend, Nacho Salazar Joaquín ... See full summary »



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Buddies Pepper Lewis (Woody Harrelson) and Sonny Gilstrap (Kiefer Sutherland) who are championship rodeo partners travel to New York to find their missing friend, Nacho Salazar Joaquín Martínez after he disappears in New York City to pick up his daughter, Theresa (Cara Buono). 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 <roybal@juno.com>

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How the East was won.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


At one point Pepper (Woody Harrelson) tells Officer Sam "Mad Dog" Shaw (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 »


Obvious (white) stunt driver when Shaw is driving a taxi to try and catch up with Pepper and Sonny near the end of the film. See more »


Sonny: So, what did you do to make the money to buy this? You didn't give that old lady a fake check did you?
Pepper: No, of course not.
[under his breath]
Pepper: Bitch wouldn't take a check.
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Referenced in Community: Advanced Criminal Law (2009) See more »


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Written by Thomas McElroy, Denzil Foster
Performed by En Vogue
Courtesy of Eastwest Records America
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Great fun!
7 April 2000 | by (Southampton, England) – See all my reviews

This movie is great for a fun night in if you want some light-hearted entertainment. The actors do they job well, they are believable as Sonny and Pepper. They make a good acting team and the storyline is entertaining, but not great and you don't have to solve any difficult plots, which i like to do. Despite this, it is worth watching,it has lots of fun moments, but really it is only for cowboy and western fans.

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