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The Rare Breed (1966)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 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.

Director:

Andrew V. McLaglen

Writer:

Ric Hardman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Stewart ... Burnett
Maureen O'Hara ... Martha Price
Brian Keith ... Bowen
Juliet Mills ... Hilary
Don Galloway ... Jamie
David Brian ... Ellsworth
Jack Elam ... Simons
Ben Johnson ... Harter
Harry Carey Jr. ... Mabry
Perry Lopez ... Juan
Larry Domasin Larry Domasin ... Alberto
Silvia Marino Silvia Marino ... Conchita
Alan Caillou ... Taylor
Gregg Palmer ... Rodenbush
Barbara Werle ... Gert
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 1966 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Rancho River See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

James Stewart and Maureen O'Hara did not get along during filming. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[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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Never Mind The Bullocks, Here's God Save The Queen.
6 March 2009 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Recently widowed, Martha Price {Maureen O'Hara} and her daughter Hilary {Juliet Mills} travel from England to Texas to sell their prized Hereford Bull, Vindicator. Along the way, a drifter, Sam Burnett, aids them on their journey and is very tempted to bluff the duo and bag himself some easy cash. But as the journey starts to become perilous, Sam finds himself strongly drawn to Martha, but he's also not the only one.

The Rare Breed is a fictionalised account of how British bred cattle came to be part of the American beef industry. Coming as it did in James Stewart's late 60s mellow period, it has an air of cartooned dramatics, it works to a degree, but the joke quickly wears thin and the drama never has the desired impact. Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen and tidily shot by William H. Clothier {tho the cheap shots are evident}, the picture appears to have been cut in one or two places because we lurch from a couple of scenes to completely different scenarios, and its quite off putting. The acting is fine, all the cast give it gusto, with Brian Keith having a ball playing a raging Scotsman, i mean swigging whiskey in the bath at frequent intervals has to be a bonus to me!. One or two punch ups are safely handled by McLagen, and a stampede is watchable if a touch let down by the sloppy editing from Russell F. Schoengarth, to leave us with a fare little film that is instantly forgettable afterwards. 4/10


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