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The Great American Cowboy (1974)

A documentary about the rivalry between veteran Larry Mahan and newcomer Phil Lyne, as the two vie for the National Finals Rodeo Championship title.

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Kieth Merrill
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Larry Mahan Larry Mahan ... Himself
Phil Lyne Phil Lyne ... Himself
Joel McCrea ... Narrator (voice)
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Filmmaker Kieth Merrill chronicles the hardened lives of professional American rodeo riders and workers as they travel across the country and participate in grueling events. The film draws comparisons between these 20th-century athletes and the true cowboys of the old American West, while focusing on two riders who are battling for the world championship: Larry Mahan, a seasoned veteran of the rodeo circuit, and Phil Lyne, a promising young rookie. Written by Jwelch5742

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The exciting true story of a vanishing American and his special kind of freedom. See more »

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Documentary | Sport

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USA

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English

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August 1974 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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One of the best documentaries ever made about the sport of rodeo.
29 December 2000 | by billyhuckabySee all my reviews

Great concept for a documentary by covering the race for the world championship all around title between two of rodeo's greatest cowboys.

The highlight of the movie is the outstanding rodeo action which was filmed across the country. For a person wanting the inside story of rodeo, The Great American Cowboy is a great place to start


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