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Wild Rovers (1971)

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

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.

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 1971 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Missouri See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Geoffrey Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original U.S. theatrical release)

Sound Mix:

Mono | 6-Track Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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

Ross Bodine: You show me an old cowboy, a young cowboy or an in between cowboy with more than a few dollars in his poke and I'll show a cowboy that stopped being a cowboy and robbed banks.
Frank Post: Well, let's rob us a bank.
Ross Bodine: It'll be safer than getting married.
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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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Unsung Gem
8 July 2004 | by chowjoeSee all my reviews

I saw WILD ROVERS when it first came out - in the early 70s. It had been butchered by the powers that be at MGM. Still there was a lot to recommend the western: William Holden at his post-WILD BUNCH grizzled best, Jerry Goldsmith's classic, Copelandesque score that somehow manages to be lyrical, evocative but not a bit cloying (learn something, James Horner and Hans Zimmer), and the stunning cinematography. I saw it again in the late 80s restored to its original length (on a double bill with the restored PAT GARRETT AND BILLY THE KID, also butchered by MGM in the early 70s). I found more to like about the movie: the unexpected spurts of humor, the observations of the connectedness between cowboy and animal life, and Blake Edward's staging of the scenes of violence - he never does the same thing twice, and the barroom shootout is an object lesson in blocking and editing. (If there is any complaint one can level against Clint Eastwood's UNFORGIVEN was how uninterestingly the action scenes were staged.) Anyway, I just caught WILD ROVERS again on HD.Net Movies during 4th of July weekend, and its virtues have actually grown with age. And it looks gorgeous on a 16:9 Hi-Def screen. Give it a few more years and it might attain classic status.


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