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The Rare Breed (1966)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, Western | 25 February 1966 (Italy)
An English woman and her daughter enlist the aid of a cowboy to try and get their hardy hornless bull to mate with the longhorns of Texas, but have to overcome greedy criminals and the natural elements.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Burnett
... Martha Price
... Bowen
... Hilary
... Jamie
... Ellsworth
... Simons
... Harter
... Mabry
... Juan
Larry Domasin ... Alberto
Silvia Marino ... Conchita
... Taylor
... Rodenbush
... Gert
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When her husband dies en route to America, Martha Price and her daughter Hilary are left to carry out his dream: the introduction of Hereford cattle into the American West. They enlist Sam "Bulldog" Burnett in their efforts to transport their lone bull, a Hereford named Vindicator, to a breeder in Texas, but the trail is fraught with danger, and even Burnett doubts the survival potential of this "rare breed" of cattle. Written by Greg Helton <ghelton@airmail.net>

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bull | whistling | texas | cattle | cowboy | See All (59) »

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Young lovers ... restless, bold, ready to meet the brawling dangers of the raw West ... Head On !

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Drama | Romance | Western

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Rancho River  »

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2.35 : 1
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The accident involving the wagon carrying Martha (Maureen O'Hara) and Hilary (link=nm0005236]) ahead of the stampede was real and kept in the film. The women were supposed to be thrown clear, but instead, the wagon rolled over them. Fortunately, there was a pit underneath the wagon allowing the stuntwomen, Stephanie Epper and link=nm0253081], enough space to be kept from being crushed. They survived with slight injuries and shock. Director Andrew V. McLaglen kept the scene in the film. See more »

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During the stampede, when the wagon flips, it's obvious Vindicator is no longer tied to the wagon. See more »

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[first lines]
Martha Evans: What on earth are they doing?
Charles Ellsworth: It's called bulldogging, ma'am. That's Bulldog Burnett. He works for my outfit.
Hilary Price: Well, it's a perfectly silly way to handle cattle if you ask me.
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Medium Rare
31 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

This western has much going for it: great stars (Jimmy Stewart, Maureen O'Hara, and Brian Keith), interesting plot twists (is Stewart's character a thief, after all), and some comedic moments (Brian Keith is a hoot as Scottish cattle baron). Take the movie as it is, an old western that is mediocre in script with star power holding it afloat, and you'll enjoy the movie. Start picking it apart for studio shots, etc and of course you'll not enjoy it. The storyline of how Herefords came to replace Texas Longhorns sounds plausible enough. It was cute how Juliet Mills (sister of Hayley) got that Hereford bull to follow her by whistling "God Save the Queen". Juliet added quite a bit to the movie, and she was a good balance to the humorous triangle of Keith, O'Hara, and Stewart. Some reviews are harsh, yet the questions remains--How could anyone not enjoy a movie with Jimmy Stewart in it?


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