A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region. A posse of cowboys and natives are all that stand in their way.

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Jon Favreau

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Roberto Orci (screenplay), Alex Kurtzman (screenplay) | 7 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Craig ... Jake Lonergan
Abigail Spencer ... Alice
Buck Taylor ... Wes Claiborne
Matthew Taylor ... Luke Claiborne (as Matt Taylor)
Cooper Taylor Cooper Taylor ... Mose Claiborne
Clancy Brown ... Meacham
Paul Dano ... Percy Dolarhyde
Chris Browning ... Jed Parker
Adam Beach ... Nat Colorado
Sam Rockwell ... Doc
Ana de la Reguera ... Maria (as Ana De La Reguera)
Noah Ringer ... Emmett Taggart
Brian Duffy ... Deputy
Olivia Wilde ... Ella Swenson
Keith Carradine ... Sheriff John Taggart
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Storyline

The Old West.. where a lone cowboy leads an uprising against a terror from beyond our world. 1873. New Mexico Territory. A stranger with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don't welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Ford). It's a town that lives in fear. But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Screaming down with breathtaking velocity and blinding lights to abduct the helpless one by one, these monsters challenge everything the residents have ever known. Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. As this gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is and where he's been, he realizes he holds a secret that could give the town a ... Written by Universal Pictures

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First contact. Last stand.


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Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of western and sci-fi action and violence, some partial nudity and a brief crude reference | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde are the only ones in the cast to wear a Six Gun holster for rapid draw, in the front w/the gun not on the side like so many movies showing Cowboys on the side draw See more »

Goofs

When Jake is at the bar pouring numerous shots of whiskey, his last one was poured without him drinking the previous shot therefore pouring it twice without drinking. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Wes Claiborne: [to Jake] We're riding towards Absolution. You know how far west we are?
[Jake doesn't answer]
Mose Claiborne: Maybe he's a dummy.
Wes Claiborne: Is there a reason you're not answering my question?
Mose Claiborne: Look here, Pa. He's got iron on his wrist. He's been shot. Could be done broke out of hoosegow. Might be worth bounty.
Wes Claiborne: Might could be.
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Alternate Versions

An extended version is available on home video running ~17 minutes longer. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: Prometheus: Part 1 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Apache War Dance
Written and Performed by The Mescalero Apache Tribe
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I don't understand the bad reviews.
2 August 2011 | by AlexjmalleySee all my reviews

I see no way possible of giving this movie under a 7. I read other people talking about the actors seeming bored and I finally see it and I don't see that at all. I guess the story was kinda random but a lot of it made sense. The cast was great and the acting was great. If you are looking for a Jon Favorue or however you spell it, this didn't seem like it, but it was still really good. If you enjoy movies involving the old west, which have been popping up, and you like sci-fi this is good for either of you. The trailers didn't give a lot away so a lot of things are discovered in the movie that you were not expecting. All in all, the story was probably a 7/10, the acting a 9/10, and the cast a 9/10. I give this movie an 8/10 and hope to see more movies like this.


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Release Date:

29 July 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cowboys & Aliens See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$163,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,431,290, 31 July 2011

Gross USA:

$100,240,551

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$174,822,325
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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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