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The Train Robbers (1973)

Passed | | Action, Comedy, Romance | 7 February 1973 (USA)
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A gunhand named Lane is hired by a widow, Mrs. Lowe, to find gold stolen by her husband so that she may return it and start fresh.

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Burt Kennedy

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Burt Kennedy
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Complete credited cast:
John Wayne ... Lane
Ann-Margret ... Mrs. Lowe
Rod Taylor ... Grady
Ben Johnson ... Jesse
Christopher George ... Calhoun
Bobby Vinton ... Ben Young
Jerry Gatlin Jerry Gatlin ... Sam Turner
Ricardo Montalban ... The Pinkerton Man
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The lure of gold brings a number of people to the railroad watering-stop of Liberty, Texas. First to arrive is a trio of aging Union army veterans: Lane (John Wayne), Jesse (Ben Johnson) and Grady (Rod Taylor.) Together, with drifters Ben (Bobby Vinton), Sal (Jerry Gatlin) and Calhoun (Christopher George), they plan to accompany Mrs. Lowe (Ann-Marget), a train robber's widow, to the site where her husband had hidden a gold shipment. Lane observes that his band of adventurers will be hotly pursued by the deceased robber's gang members along with "every two-bit gunman in the territory." As the company crosses the Texas border and Rio Grande River in Mexico, just ahead of of a band of pursuers, a lone, well-dressed, cigar-smoking stranger keeps a careful eye on both groups. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The gold or the grave. The young widow could lead them to either. See more »


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John Wayne fractured two ribs shortly before shooting began, causing such pain that he had difficulty sleeping at night. As a result, the action scenes had to be scaled down to accommodate his condition, but the tough-minded actor refused to delay the shoot, displaying the same determination and sense of personal integrity which distinguished his on-screen persona. See more »

Goofs

When they meet, Calhoun & Lane negotiate "Why we're here." In long shots, Calhoun's vest (waistcoat) flaps in the wind. In close up, it hangs straight and undisturbed. See more »

Quotes

Lane: If anyone tries to cross that river before we're out of sight - baptize 'em.
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Featured in John Wayne: Working with a Western Legend (2005) See more »

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A classic, a real one
18 July 2013 | by searchanddestroy-1See all my reviews

I know this film since I was a kid. Nothing new here. I watched it yesterday, once more. It could have been made by Andrew Mac Laglen. All these westerns made in the late 60's and early 70's, starring John Wayne and his pals, have nothing to do with the same period Sam Peckinpah's or Monty Hellman's ones, the new western, another kind. But I like the both. The new generation was more downbeat, the counter culture, the death of the old west. Wayne was thousand miles away from this. On the contrary, he was still in the old western, from the fifties and forties.

So, what could I say more about TRAIN ROBBERS?

I like this kind of westerns, and always will do.

Period.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

7 February 1973 (USA) See more »

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The Train Robbers See more »

Filming Locations:

Bavispe, Sonora, Mexico See more »

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Batjac Productions See more »
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2.35 : 1
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