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The Cowboys (1972)

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Rancher Wil Andersen is forced to hire inexperienced boys as cowhands in order to get his herd to market on time but the rough drive is full of dangers and a gang of cattle rustlers is trailing them.

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Alfred Barker Jr. ...
Nicolas Beauvy ...
Dan - Cowboy
Steve Benedict ...
Steve - Cowboy
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Weedy - Cowboy (as Norman Howell Jr.)
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Charlie Schwartz - Cowboy (as Stephen Hudis)
Sean Kelly ...
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Sam O'Brien ...
Jimmy Phillips - Cowboy
Mike Pyeatt ...
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Storyline

When his cattle drivers abandon him for the gold fields, rancher Wil Andersen is forced to take on a collection of young boys as his drivers in order to get his herd to market in time to avoid financial disaster. The boys learn to do a man's job under Andersen's tutelage; however, neither Andersen nor the boys know that a gang of cattle thieves is stalking them. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The youngest was nine. There wasn't one of them over fifteen. At first, he couldn't stand the sight of them. At last, he couldn't take his eyes away. See more »


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13 January 1972 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,500,000
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2.20 : 1
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Trivia

Several of the boys' parents are played by their real-life parents. See more »

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Even if the eponymous Cowboys could have driven the herd to Belle Fourche, it wouldn't have mattered as there was no rail line there to move the cattle anywhere else. See more »

Quotes

Wil Andersen: My oldest son would have been forty this year. Middle aged. But they went bad on me... or I went bad on them.
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Featured in Big Guns Talk: The Story of the Western (1997) See more »

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The Star Spangled Banner
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Music by John Stafford Smith
Lyrics by Francis Scott Key
Sung by school children
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The best of the Duke for everyone

Obviously, John Wayne had a long and distinguished career in the movies. Of course, he was merely playing himself time after time. In this movie, that works wonderfully well.

He plays Wil Anderson, a man in his 60s with little else he can do but hire a classroom of boys to help with a cattle drive. This makes for a fun outing for anyone in any age group. Roscoe Lee Browne is well cast here. His scene with Colleen Dewhurst is very well played. Bruce Dern is great, too!

My son, who is a big fan of "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones", pointed out the John Williams music in "The Cowboys"; it is very good indeed.

"The Cowboys" is my choice for the movie to introduce people to John Wayne. It definitely makes you want to see more! Out of four stars, I rate it: ***.5


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