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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... See more »

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Wil Andersen
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Jebediah Nightlinger
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Long Hair
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Kate
Alfred Barker Jr. ...
Fats - Cowboy
Nicolas Beauvy ...
Dan - Cowboy
Steve Benedict ...
Steve - Cowboy
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Slim Honeycutt - Cowboy
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Weedy - Cowboy (as Norman Howell Jr.)
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Charlie Schwartz - Cowboy (as Stephen Hudis)
Sean Kelly ...
Stuttering Bob - Cowboy
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Cimarron - Cowboy
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Hardy Fimps - Cowboy
Sam O'Brien ...
Jimmy Phillips - Cowboy
Mike Pyeatt ...
Homer Weems - Cowboy
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Anse
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Homer's Father
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Stonemason
Sarah Cunningham ...
Annie Andersen
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Ellen Price
Maggie Costain ...
Phoebe
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Smiley
Jerry Gatlin ...
Howdy
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Okay
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Henry Williams (as Dick Farnsworth)
Wallace Brooks ...
Red Tucker
Charise Cullin ...
Elizabeth
Collette Poeppel ...
Rosemary (as Colette Poeppel)
Norman Howell Sr. ...
Jim's Father (as Norman Howell)
Rita Hudis ...
Charlie's Mother
Margaret Kelly ...
Bob's Mother
Larry Randles ...
Ben
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Jake
Jim Burk ...
Pete
Fred Brookfield ...
Rustler
Tap Canutt ...
Rustler
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Rustler
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Rustler
Tony Epper ...
Rustler
Kent Hays ...
Rustler
J.R. Randall ...
Rustler
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Rustler
Joe Yrigoyen ...
Rustler
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ivan Brutsche ...
Towns Person (uncredited)
Ralph Volkie ...
Ralphie (uncredited)

Directed by

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Mark Rydell

Written by

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William Dale Jennings ... (novel)
 
Irving Ravetch ... (screenplay) &
Harriet Frank Jr. ... (screenplay) and
William Dale Jennings ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Mark Rydell ... producer
Tim Zinnemann ... associate producer

Music by

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John Williams

Cinematography by

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Robert Surtees ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Neil Travis

Editorial Department

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Robert Swink ... supervising film editor
Skip Nicholson ... laboratory: Technicolor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Lynn Stalmaster

Production Design by

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Philip M. Jefferies ... (as Philip Jefferies)

Set Decoration by

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William Kiernan

Costume Design by

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Anthea Sylbert

Makeup Department

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Pat Abbott ... hair stylist (as Patricia Abbott)
Dave Grayson ... makeup artist
Emile LaVigne ... makeup artist (as Emile La Vigne)

Production Management

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Nate H. Edwards ... production manager
Dick Moder ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Robert 'Buzz' Henry ... second unit director (as Robert Buzz Henry)
Tim Zinnemann ... assistant director
Jerry Ballew ... trainee assistant director (uncredited)
Frederic W. Brost ... second assistant director (uncredited)
Dick Moder ... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Andy Siegel ... second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Robert Schultz ... property master
Jose Abrignani ... plasterer (uncredited)
Henry Alvarado ... laborer (uncredited)
Ray Barone ... painter (uncredited)
Frank L. Brown ... set dresser (uncredited)
Joe Butterworth ... greensman (uncredited)
Joseph De Franco ... constructor (uncredited)
Albert Ellis ... construction gang boss (uncredited)
Hayes Ewing ... constructor (uncredited)
Guy Faria ... constructor (uncredited)
Frank Hafemann ... construction foreman (uncredited)
Oscar Hall ... constructor (uncredited)
Buck Hawkins ... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Jack Jancich ... painter (uncredited)
John Jensen ... illustrator (uncredited)
Maurice Larson ... painter (uncredited)
Ben Massi ... painter (uncredited)
Ed Mulay ... second props (uncredited)
Angel Perez ... constructor (uncredited)
Bob Stahler ... assistant art director (uncredited)
Weston Webb ... constructor (uncredited)
Marty Wunderlich ... third props (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Richard Portman ... re-recording
Kay Rose ... sound editor
Jack Solomon ... sound
John Ferguson ... radio man (uncredited)
Joe Kenworthy ... cable person (uncredited)
Al Yaylian ... boom operator (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Daniel Hays ... special effects (uncredited)
George Peckham ... special effects (uncredited)

Stunts

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Floyd Baze ... stunt double (uncredited)
Fred Brookfield ... stunts (uncredited)
Jim Burk ... stunts (uncredited)
Tap Canutt ... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Catching ... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Courtney ... stunts (uncredited)
Gary Epper ... stunts (uncredited)
Tony Epper ... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Gatlin ... stunts (uncredited)
Kent Hays ... stunts (uncredited)
Robert 'Buzz' Henry ... stunts (uncredited)
Norman Howell ... stunts (uncredited)
Walt La Rue ... stunts (uncredited)
Glenn Randall Jr. ... stunts (uncredited)
J.R. Randall ... stunts (uncredited)
Larry Randles ... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson ... stunt double: John Wayne (uncredited) / stunts (uncredited)
Walter Scott ... stunts (uncredited)
Casey Tibbs ... stunts (uncredited)
Buddy Van Horn ... stunts (uncredited)
Henry Wills ... stunts (uncredited)
Walter Wyatt ... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Yrigoyen ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Glen Bird ... gaffer
James R. Connell ... camera operator
Don Lambert ... key grip
Terry K. Meade ... camera operator (as Terry Meade)
Richard Barth ... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Mark H. Davis ... photographer: second unit (uncredited)
Edward Morey III ... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Gregory Nowak ... second grip (uncredited)
Dave Sutton ... special photographer (uncredited)
Mel Traxel ... still photographer (uncredited)
Joseph M. Wilcots ... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Robert Willoughby ... special still photographer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Luster Bayless ... costumer: John Wayne (uncredited)
Lambert Marks ... costumer (uncredited)
Neva Rames ... costumer: women (uncredited)
G. Tony Scarano ... costumer (uncredited)

Location Management

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Bill Gallant ... location manager (uncredited)
George Leslie ... location auditor (uncredited)

Music Department

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Donald Harris ... music editor
Tommy Morgan ... musician: harmonica (uncredited)
Dan Wallin ... music scoring mixer (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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James AntĂșnez ... driver: mobile home (uncredited)
George Coleman ... driver: s/w (uncredited)
Jerry Courion ... driver: crane (uncredited)
Bob Edwards ... transportation captain (uncredited)
Bob Goodrich ... driver: horse truck (uncredited)
Jack Lietzke ... driver: bus (uncredited)
Wilbur Munson ... driver: honeywagon (uncredited)
Frank Olmstead ... driver: special effects/wardrobe (uncredited)
Jack Schroetter ... driver: grip electric (uncredited)

Other crew

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Red Burns ... riding instructor
Bob Forrest ... script supervisor
Phill Norman ... title designer
Joan Arnold ... production secretary (uncredited)
Harold Bates ... wrangler (uncredited)
Jack Casey ... unit publicist (uncredited)
Joe Catalfo ... first aid (uncredited)
Marty Dark ... timekeeper (uncredited)
Robert Davenport ... wrangler (uncredited)
James W. Gavin ... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Rolly Harper ... caterer (uncredited)
Lester Hoyle ... script supervisor: second unit (uncredited)
Billy Jones ... ramrod (uncredited)
Gordon G. Jones ... wrangler (uncredited)
Ray Kennedy ... wrangler (uncredited)
Frank D. Lane ... wrangler (uncredited)
Joe Lomax Sr. ... wrangler (uncredited)
Stanley Mark ... auditor: Sanford (uncredited)
Gene O'Brien ... wrangler (uncredited)
Buddy Sherwood ... wrangler (uncredited)
Nanette Siegert ... secretary: Mark Rydell (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines All they wanted was their chance to be men...and he gave it to them. See more »
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Also Known As
  • John Wayne et les cow-boys (France)
  • Les cow-boys (France)
  • Les cowboys (France)
  • Die Cowboys (Germany)
  • Los cowboys (Spain)
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Runtime
  • 134 min
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Budget $6,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Roscoe Lee Browne was urged by his friends not to work with the right-wing John Wayne. He ignored them and the two actors refrained from discussing politics during filming. See more »
Goofs After burying Charlie Schwartz, he rides by in the next scene on his horse while Cimarron and Mr. Andersen talk. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Breaking of Boys and the Making of Men in 'The Cowboys' (1972). See more »
Soundtracks The Star Spangled Banner See more »
Quotes Jebediah Nightlinger: [praying to God before he's about to hanged by Long Hair and his gang] I regret trifling with married women. I'm thoroughly ashamed at cheating at cards. I deplore my occasional departures from the truth. Forgive me for taking your name in vain, my Saturday drunkenness, my Sunday sloth. Above all, forgive me for the men I've killed in anger
[eyes shifting to Long Hair]
Jebediah Nightlinger: ... and those I am about to.
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