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The Culpepper Cattle Co. (1972)

PG | | Western | 9 July 1972 (UK)
Young farmboy who always wanted to be a cowhand talks a tough trail boss into hiring him on a cattle drive.

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Frank Culpepper (as Billy "Green" Bush)
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Dixie Brick
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Russ
Wayne Sutherlin ...
Missoula
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Thorton Pierce
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Pete
Raymond Guth ...
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Nathaniel
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Tim Slater (as Charlie Martin Smith)
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Mr. Slater
Bob Morgan ...
Old John
Jan Burrell ...
Mrs. Mockridge
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Burgess
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Teenager Ben Mockridge feels life in a Wild West farm town has nothing better to offer than horse-cart racing with other hicks, so he naively begs cattle company owner Frank Culpepper to engage him as the youngest cowboy for a long cattle trail to a fort. His mother barely notices. Ben doesn't even seem to get it when he's told to report as 'little Mary' to the old cook, whose words, "Cowboy is something you do only if you have nothing better." gradually become clear. Instead of an exciting heroic macho life, it's endless hard work, dumb chores and embarrassment, even getting literally caught with his pants down, robbed of his horse, and witnessing unpunished crimes... Written by KGF Vissers

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The boy from "Summer of 42" becomes a man on the cattle drive of 1866. See more »

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We Pointed 'Em North  »

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The pistol Ben (Gary Grimes) shows off to Tim (Charles Martin Smith) at the beginning of the movie and later kills his first man with during the saloon shootout is a model 1858 Remington Army. See more »

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Ft. Lewis, Colorado existed from 1878 until 1891. The film was set in 1866 , meaning that it would be more than a decade before the fort was constructed. See more »

Quotes

Ben Mockridge: How come they keep calling me 'Little Mary'?
Cook, Culpepper Outfit: That's your name, kid. What's the matter? Don't you like it?
Ben Mockridge: No, I don't. It's a girl's name.
Cook, Culpepper Outfit: Well, that's what they call the cook's helper... Little Mary. Christ, I wish you was a girl.
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Amazing Grace
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Lyrics by John Newton
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A Great Film That Has Jerry Bruckheimer In The Credits !
21 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

I normally hate westerns but I could watch THE CULPEPPER CATTLE COMPANY over and over again . This a bleak nihilistic extremely well written western that`s also understated . Don`t you get a feeling that Frank Culpepper built his cattle business through illegal activities ? This is never disclosed but the signs are there . Best of all is the characterisation , man there`s some really nasty people here , imagine the school bullies from hell riding about on horses and you`ve got the idea and the cast make the most of their roles , special mention goes to Geoffrey Lewis and Bo Hopkins . The only reason I can think off why IMDB members have given this film a relatively low vote is because they`re turned off by the violence and amorality of this film . Well I guess if you were brought up on the all American values of John Wayne`s wild west THE CULPEPPER CATTLE COMPANY may very well shock you.

Perhaps the most shocking thing is the fact that the associate producer is one Jerry Bruckheimer ! Yes it`s that Jerry Bruckheimer the man who produced shallow popcorn blockbusters like BEVERLY HILLS COP , TOP GUN , ARMAGEDDON and PEARL HARBOR and who is probably the most powerful figure in Hollywood today

But don`t let the name of Bruckheimer put you off this great film , this is every bit as great as THE WILD BUNCH which also featured Bo Hopkins in a similar role


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