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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.

Director:

Dick Richards

Writers:

Dick Richards (story), Eric Bercovici (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Grimes ... Ben Mockridge
Billy Green Bush ... Frank Culpepper (as Billy 'Green' Bush)
Luke Askew ... Luke
Bo Hopkins ... Dixie Brick
Geoffrey Lewis ... Russ
Wayne Sutherlin Wayne Sutherlin ... Missoula
John McLiam ... Thorton Pierce
Matt Clark ... Pete
Raymond Guth Raymond Guth ... Cook
Anthony James ... Nathaniel
Charles Martin Smith ... Tim Slater (as Charlie Martin Smith)
Larry Finley ... Mr. Slater
Bob Morgan Bob Morgan ... Old John
Jan Burrell Jan Burrell ... Mrs. Mockridge
Hal Needham ... Burgess
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

9 July 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

We Pointed 'Em North See more »

Filming Locations:

Sonoita, Arizona, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The theme melody by Jerry Goldsmith is the same as another film scored by Goldsmith, The Flim-Flam Man (1967). See more »

Goofs

In cattle drives, the chuck wagon often went ahead and set up to have dinner ready for the cow boys when they arrived. If the cattle were driven from dusk to dawn, the chuck wagon drove until an hour before dusk, and then stopped to cook, and await the arrival of the herd. If the drive was of predetermined length, the wagon went ahead still, always prepared ahead of time, because cowboys were expected to work right up until the dinner chime. There was never down time with the sun up. See more »

Quotes

Cook, Culpepper Outfit: You really got the itch, ain't ya?
Ben Mockridge: Well, yeah, I do. I guess all I want to do is punch cows and ride and, well, just cowboying. There's nothing better than that. That's all I want.
Cook, Culpepper Outfit: Kid, cowboying is something you do when you can't do nothing else.
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Referenced in Lovelace (2013) See more »

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Amazing Grace
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Traditional
Lyrics by John Newton
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A Very Different WESTERN !
12 March 2005 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

If you want to see a very unusual Western Film which has a story very much down to earth about how the Wild West handled situations that did not please them. Cattlemen found out the hard way that they had better keep their cows off of other Cowboys property. Some of these Cattlemen had their guns taken away from them and were fined Two-hundred Dollars for damages done to their grazing land. There is a very real battle that continues between the Cattlemen and Ranchers and this picture clearly shows that taking the law in your own hands was never a solution to any problem. This film kept me guessing just how the picture would ever end and I was quite surprised at the various twists and turns. All the actors gave great performances and this is definitely a great unusual Western.


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