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Wild Rovers (1971)

GP | | Western | 19 June 1971 (USA)
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Tired of cow-punching for a living, two Montana cowboys rob a bank and flee but their employer's sons chase after them.

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Blake Edwards

Writer:

Blake Edwards
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Cast overview, first billed only:
William Holden ... Ross Bodine
Ryan O'Neal ... Frank Post
Karl Malden ... Walter Buckman
Lynn Carlin ... Sada Billings
Tom Skerritt ... John Buckman
Joe Don Baker ... Paul Buckman
James Olson ... Joe Billings
Leora Dana ... Nell Buckman
Moses Gunn ... Ben
Victor French ... Sheriff
Rachel Roberts ... Maybell
Sam Gilman ... Hansen
Charles H. Gray ... Savage (as Charles Gray)
William Bryant ... Hereford (as Bill Bryant)
Jack Garner Jack Garner ... Cap Swilling
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Storyline

Ross Bodine and Frank Post are cowhands on Walt Buckman's R-Bar-R ranch. Bodine is older and broods a bit about how he will get along when he's too old to cowboy. Post is young and rambunctious and ambitious for a better life than wrangling cows. When one of their fellow cowboys is killed in a corral accident, Post suggests a way into a better life for himself and his friend: robbing a bank. Bodine reluctantly joins in the plan and the two contrive to rob the local bank. They make good their escape initially, but Walt Buckman and his two sons, John and Paul, are incensed at this betrayal by their own trusted employees. John and Paul set out to bring Bodine and Post to justice. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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They were damned good cowboys, until they robbed a bank.

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Western

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Trivia

The scene in which Ross and Frank break in a mustang was actually mostly real. Blake Edwards wanted the action to be as believable as possible so he had them train as horse wranglers in Iceland for five weeks before filming. At one point you can see a dark patch where William Holden later admitted to having wet himself 'just a little bit'. See more »

Quotes

Frank Post: How old are you?
Ross Bodine: I'll be 46 in July. I'll be 50 in July.
Frank Post: Oh, my God. Do you realize in 25 years I'll be just like you?
Ross Bodine: What's wrong with that?
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Alternate Versions

Originally released theatrically at 106 minutes; the extended "Director's Cut" runs 136 minutes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Lady Liberty (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Wild Rover
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Lyrics by Ernie Sheldon
Sung by Sheb Wooley
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2 out of 5 action rating
20 November 2012 | by scheelj1See all my reviews

Skip it – There are a lot of positives that make this a unique western that's worth a watch. There's good dialogue, a rousing musical score, beautiful cinematography, and a great acting job by William Holden. Unfortunately, this is more of a buddy movie than a good old-fashioned western. I've even heard some comparisons drawn to "Brokeback Mountain," although I personally would disagree. The story is about two ranch hands who decide on a whim to rob a bank, and the chain of events that unfold as a result. It is part "Sundowners" and part "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid." The two men are an unlikely pair, but they become close friends as a result of their desperate situation. The first half of the movie feels like a comedy. The second half gets a lot better, with a couple gunfights and some Peckinpah-esque slow motion violence. Unfortunately, this western is too long and just too sluggish to keep an action buff entertained. But I believe that it is good enough to be considered a classic. 2 action rating


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 June 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dos hombres contra el Oeste See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$277,092
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Geoffrey Productions See more »
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| (original U.S. theatrical release)

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Mono | 6-Track Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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