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Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

 -  Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller  -  29 July 2011 (USA)
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A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region. A posse of cowboys and natives are all that stand in their way.

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The Old West.. where a lone cowboy leads an uprising against a terror from beyond our world. 1873. Arizona Territory. A stranger with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don't welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Ford). It's a town that lives in fear. But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Screaming down with breathtaking velocity and blinding lights to abduct the helpless one by one, these monsters challenge everything the residents have ever known. Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. As this gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is and where he's been, he realizes he holds a secret that could give the town a ... Written by Universal Pictures

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sheriff | posse | arrest | bar | cowboy | See more »

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First contact. Last stand.


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Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of western and sci-fi action and violence, some partial nudity and a brief crude reference | See all certifications »

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29 July 2011 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$163,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$36,431,290 (USA) (29 July 2011)

Gross:

$100,215,116 (USA) (28 October 2011)
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Screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman described the film as "Unforgiven (1992) with aliens landing." See more »

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When Jake is at the bar pouring numerous shots of whiskey, his last one was poured without him drinking the previous shot therefore pouring it twice without drinking. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Wes Claiborne: [to Jake] We're riding towards Absolution. You know how far west we are?
[Jake doesn't answer]
Mose Claiborne: Maybe he's a dummy.
Wes Claiborne: Is there a reason you're not answering my question?
Mose Claiborne: Look here, Pa. He's got iron on his wrist. He's been shot. Could be done broke out of hoosegow. Might be worth bounty.
Wes Claiborne: Might could be.
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.192 (2011) See more »

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Apache War Dance
Written and Performed by The Mescalero Apache Tribe
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top of all time worst movies on my list
10 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Oh boy, this was at the top of all time worst movies on my list. With all the money and talent that went into it it is hard to believe. They should refund peoples admission price for this embarrassment. Absolutely do not waste your time on the DVD, even if your buddy lends it to you. You will be ticked off that you wasted the 2 hours.

The story is such a garbage bag of camp movie idioms that it is impossible to achieve that willing suspension of disbelief. It is scriptwriter masturbation gone bad after too many scotches. I can visualize the writers getting drunker and drunker, stupider and stupider, trying to one up each other with crazier and crazier ideas. The producer who actually allowed it all into the movie should have his career ended by one of Aliens or Cowboys or maybe the Indians or Indiana Jones or something.

I want my two hours back !


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