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The Cowboys (1972)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Feb 10, 2004

Budget $6,000,000

MPAA Rating
PG

Running Time
2 hours, 8 minutes

Country USA

Studio Warner Brothers

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Other Titles
• The Cowboys
• Die Cowboys (1972)
• John Wayne & the Cowboys (1972)



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Genre: Western, Role-switching, On The Road, Epic, Prostitution, Revenge

Tagline: The youngest was nine. There wasn't one of them over fifteen. At first, he couldn't stand the sight of them. At last, he couldn't take his eyes away.

Plot: After his cowhands desert him for a nearby gold rush, aging, leather-tough rancher Will Anderson (John Wayne) resorts to hiring 11 schoolboys to help him on a 400-mile cattle run. Setting off with the boys and an eloquent but equally tough black cook (Roscoe Lee Browne), Anderson must get his cattle to their destination while contending with the wilderness and a psychotic, vengeful ex-con (Bruce Dern) who is out to get him. With an amazingly natural performance by Wayne, this stylized, action-packed Western is exquisitely filmed, emotionally sensitive, and highly entertaining. Director Mark Rydell gets solid performances out of not just Wayne (in one of his later screen roles) and Browne, but the group of youngsters accompanying them on the journey, as well as actors like Slim Pickens and Colleen Dewhurst who play smaller supporting roles. Close attention is also paid to the natural beauty of the mountains, wild mustangs, and other often overlooked standard Western fare.

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 Directed by
Mark Rydell
On Golden Pond, Intersection, The River
 Written by
Irving Ravetch
Hud, Norma Rae, The Long, Hot Summer
 Cast
John Wayne
The Searchers, The Quiet Man, Rio Bravo
Bruce Dern
The Haunting, Monster, The 'burbs
Roscoe Lee Browne
Babe, Logan's Run, Jumpin' Jack Flash
Colleen Dewhurst
Annie Hall, The Dead Zone, Anne of Green Gables
Nicolas Beauvy
Camelot, The Toolbox Murders
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 Music By
John Williams
Saving Private Ryan, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, Schindler's List



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