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My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys (1991)

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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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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:

Mina hjältar har alltid varit cowboys 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

Kingpin Films and Sonny Gibson filed a 4,225,000 dollar lawsuit against Producer Martin Poll and Executive Producer E.K. Gaylord III, for breach of oral contract and tortuous interference with a prospective business advantage. 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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References Hee Haw (1969) See more »

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Good old boy is forced by circumstances to become a good man
29 December 2006 | by ladamson1918See all my reviews

I saw the movie when it came out, and I think perhaps it plays much better if you live in a rodeo state (I'm in Texas) so the audience really understands what's going on. They used real rodeo performers, too, like Leon Coffee, and that's the sort of detail the average movie-goer wouldn't notice. As to the movie in terms of plot, it's fairly predictable--hometown boy makes good and saves the day--but the subplots are what make this a good, underrated movie, I think. You have a hero who's almost an antihero till he's forced to grow up and take on a normal man's responsibilities; i.e., caring for his aging father. You have a young widow with a recalcitrant son, basically a good boy who needs a strong masculine role model. You have the dutiful daughter who stayed home and took on the care of her father, even though she's married and has a life of her own. The acting overall is very good. Scott Glenn is a charming scamp, and he has a flair for light comedy. Cate Capshaw--well, she could be better. Ben Johnson is excellent. Mickey Rooney does a star turn in a cameo role. And look for the old TV western character actors from the 1960s. It's a decent movie with very good moments throughout, very honest moments, too. Maybe it didn't play well in New York or Los Angeles, but in Nacogdoches, Texas, the theatre was SRO.


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