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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

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 Conan: Cowboys & Aliens 2: Showdown at Glorb Ranch (2011) See more »

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How can anyone not like this movie?
11 December 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It is well acted. It is well produced. It has a star-studded cast and a fun twist on sci-fi action thrillers.

Here's what you do for a "summer fun" movie: Combine a bunch of cowpokes with a hostile alien race, set it in a time period where the human race has no concept of time or space travel. Then let Spielberg do his thing.

I've had fun watching this film several times. As with all good flicks, there's always something you missed the first, second and third times. This isn't really meant to be serious science fiction. It's meant to be an entertaining romp that mashes up the western and sci-fi genre, and it throws in just enough action and special effects to make up for a so-so script.

If you watch this and don't like it, then you don't like watching fun movies.

This. Was. Fun.


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