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My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys (1991)

PG | | Drama, Western | 1 March 1991 (USA)
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A rodeo rider decides to quit his line of work after a serious injury, but when he visits his family and finds out that his dad is not well, he'll have to risk it one more time.

Director:

Stuart Rosenberg
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Glenn ... H.D.
Kate Capshaw ... Jolie
Ben Johnson ... Dad
Tess Harper ... Cheryl
Gary Busey ... Clint
Balthazar Getty ... Jud
Clarence Williams III ... Virgil
Mickey Rooney ... Junior
Cynthia Mackey Cynthia Mackey ... Ambulance Attendant (as Cynthia H. Mackey)
Bill Clymer Bill Clymer ... Rodeo Announcer (voice)
Benjamin Rosenberg Benjamin Rosenberg ... Gas Station Attendant
Megan Parlen ... Becky
Jim Robnett Jim Robnett ... Guard at Bank
Jennifer Johnson Jennifer Johnson ... Secretary
Jan Hoag ... Nurse
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A rodeo rider decides to quit his line of work after a serious injury, but when he visits his family and finds out that his dad is not well, he'll have to risk it one more time.

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Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Home Grown See more »

Filming Locations:

Guthrie, Oklahoma, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,603,615
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Lane Frost was originally going to perform the stunts for the main character (H.D. Dalton), and his wife Kellie Kyle-Frost (now Macy) was working as Stunt Coordinator for the film at the time of Lane's death at the 1989 Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyoming. After Lane's death, his good friend Tuff Hedeman performed the stunt work. See more »

Goofs

During one scene, HD and Jesse come out to the truck and find Jud waiting for them. Jud's hair has been cut and his earring is gone. "Starting to get with the program," Jesse says. In a subsequent scene HD and Virgil are jogging behind Jesse and Jud riding on the tractor. In this scene Jud has long hair again and is wearing the earring. See more »

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horse droppings
13 December 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

There isn't much to say about this rodeo 'Rocky' rip-off. In a nutshell: hard-drinkin', slow-talking', two-fisted bronco buster Scott Glenn has to ride the meanest bull on Earth to win the money needed to keep his ailing father out of a nursing home, and so forth and so on. The formula is copied right down to the inspirational training montage and sappy, uplifting music score, and there's even a little cowboy Zen philosophy from old wrangler Ben Johnson. Besides being sloppy and derivative, the film is also too influenced by the MTV aesthetic, hardly the appropriate style for a country-western ballad: the camera is too close to the actors, the scissors too handy in the editing room, and the volume of the soundtrack is cranked far too loud. Better talent has never been more wasted: Johnson and Gary Busey provide a measure of stability, but Tess Harper gives what has to be one of the most irritating performances of the year. Keep a sharp lookout for Mickey Rooney, playing Johnson's nursing home buddy…don't blink or you'll miss him.


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