The Cowboys (1972)

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Rancher Wil Andersen is forced to hire inexperienced boys as cowhands in order to get his herd to market on time but the rough drive is full of dangers and a gang of cattle rustlers is trailing them.

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  • Signing autographs on location for "The Cowboys," Warner Bros. 1971.
  • Robert Surtees on the set of "Cowboys, The " c. 1971.
  • John Wayne in The Cowboys (1972)
  • John Wayne in The Cowboys (1972)
  • "The Cowboys," Warner Bros. 1972.
  • John Wayne in The Cowboys (1972)

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Cast & Crew

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Mark Rydell


William Dale Jennings (novel), Irving Ravetch (screenplay), Harriet Frank Jr. (screenplay), William Dale Jennings (screenplay)


1 win.

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9 May 2002 | dissettemark
| Brilliant
This is that is by far one of the finest Westerns ever made. The script is superb, with lines like Wayne's toward Bruce Dern, "I've broke my back once and my hip twice and on my worst day I could beat the hell out of you," classic Wayne. His performance is one of the most honest of his career. As his relationship with the boys grows it is both tender and tough. You get everything with this film. From the boys proving they belong on the drive to Rosco Lee Brown's magnificent counterpoint to Wayne. The cinematography is great and the music score outstanding. It embraces every aspect of the Western. Each time I watch it I find another reason to move it up the ladder in my list of favorites. It is truly the last of the great Westerns before the advent of such movies as "The Outlaw Josey Wales" and others forever changed the way Westerns were written and produced. It's an old school movie, but school was never any better than this.

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Plot Summary


Adventure | Drama | Western

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