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Cowboys Don't Cry (1988)

| Drama | April 1989 (USA)
As long as Shane Morgan can remember, he has lived on the road with his mother and father, a rodeo performer. Their dreams of making enough money to settle down happily in one place are ... See full summary »


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Marilyn Halvorson (novel), Anne Wheeler

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ron White ... Josh Morgan
Zachary Ansley ... Shane Morgan
Janet-Laine Green ... Lindsay Sutherland
Valerie Pearson Valerie Pearson ... Janet
Candace Ratcliffe Candace Ratcliffe ... Casey Sutherland
Thomas Hauff ... Roger Sutherland
Rebecca Jenkins Rebecca Jenkins ... Lucy Morgan
Joshua Ansley Joshua Ansley ... Young Shane Morgan
Michael Hogan ... Ron Grady
Janet Wright ... Pearl
Barney O'Sullivan Barney O'Sullivan ... Mr. Edwards
Wendell Smith Wendell Smith ... Matt Wiley
Graham McPherson Graham McPherson ... Mr. Zaharchuk
Thomas Peacocke Thomas Peacocke ... Mr. Thorpe
Jason Wolff Jason Wolff ... Pete


As long as Shane Morgan can remember, he has lived on the road with his mother and father, a rodeo performer. Their dreams of making enough money to settle down happily in one place are shattered when a traffic accident kills his mother, and his father takes so badly to drink that Shane becomes the de facto head of the household. When his grandfather dies, leaving Shane a small ranch in his will, he hopes that his dream might come true at last. But how can a 14-year-old boy turn the run-down place around and keep the banker from seizing it, while attending school and looking after a father who is usually in the liability column? Written by Paul Emmons <pemmons@wcupa.edu>

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April 1989 (USA) See more »

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Even Cowboys Get the Blues
4 January 2012 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Rodeo bull-riding star Ron White (as Josh Morgan) and his more grounded wife Rebecca Jenkins (as Lucy Edwards) have formed a perfectly balanced relationship, traveling on the road with son Joshua Ansley (as Shane).

Then, tragedy strikes…

Based on the popular (particularly among teenagers) novel by Marilyn Halvorson, "Cowboys Don't Cry" turns out to be a very predictable film. However, director Anne Wheeler and her father/son co-stars make Ms. Halvorson's already appealing story believable. A couple of the ending events are obvious; they are (thankfully) left out completely. The film emphasizes the conflict between Mr. White and Zachary Ansley (as 14-year-old Shane) and (necessarily) drops some strong original material. If this were made today, the high school bullying of Mr. Ansley would be included. The story is a strong one for post-teenage children, who will relate to the strong, realistic characters and messages - chiefly, your parents are not perfect, but it doesn't mean they don't love you.

Both White and young Ansley were nominated for "Genies" (the Canadian "Oscar") in the leading "Best Actor" category in Canada; a good call, though the dual consideration certainly diminished their winning chances.

******* Cowboys Don't Cry (5/10/88) Anne Wheeler ~ Ron White, Zachary Ansley, Janet-Laine Green, Candace Ratcliffe

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