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Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

PG-13 | | 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. New Mexico 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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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)  »

Also Known As:

Cowboyok és űrlények  »

Box Office

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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Trivia

Steve Oedekerk was originally set to write and direct the film but dropped out. He does still receive a story credit for the final film. See more »

Goofs

After the first Alien attack at roughly 45:20 into the movie when Jake Lonergan rides after the Aliens on his own, his bracelet is seen missing for a few seconds until a close shot where the bracelet is back. 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 Bad Movie Beatdown: Review of 2011 (2012) See more »

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User Reviews

 
Awesome entertainment - Perfect mix of James Bond attitude, special effects and heavy alien presence...
1 August 2011 | by (Mumbai, India) – See all my reviews

This was one entertaining movie. It had all the elements that have made Hollywood timelessly entertaining for so many decades now - Great western "feel", the gripping new James Bond attitude of Daniel Craig, realistic CG, and heavy alien presence.

The plot requires some suspension of disbelief but hey that's what entertainment is about. If people want "believable" movies they need to watch docu-dramas. If they want to get entertained and want an entertaining experience of "what would something look like if it was real" then this movie is it. It's highly engaging, the story doesn't drag at all, the action is bullet proof, and the concept is 'unique' if nothing else.

High marks to Daniel Craig's "as man as it can get" character. He truly excels in such roles. Harrison Ford did a magnificent job as a gutsy western hero who just won't back down from a fight. The story moves along very well and despite what anyone tells you - MAKE YOUR OWN JUDGEMENT ABOUT THIS MOVIE. DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND GO WATCH IT. YOU WILL *NOT* BE DISAPPOINTED.

10/10


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