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      The Cowboys

      PG Released Jan 13, 1972 2h 8m Western List
      75% Tomatometer 16 Reviews 88% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings A grizzled veteran rancher, Wil Andersen (John Wayne) is almost ready to embark on a big cattle drive when his crew abruptly quits to join in a gold rush. Left with no alternative, Anderson enlists the help of a group of local schoolboys. Training the youngsters to be cowboys, Andersen manages to get the drive underway, but their long journey is placed in jeopardy when the devious bandit Long Hair (Bruce Dern) sets his sights on stealing the herd. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Pauline Kael New Yorker The Cowboys which features one of the most torpid cattle drives since the invention of motion pictures, is an incomparable index to the confusion of values in the movie business right now. Sep 29, 2023 Full Review Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times The scenes along the way of the kids learning to be cowboys are good, warm fun, and it's a shame they had to go for the unlikely, violent, and totally contrived last thirty minutes. Rated: 2.5/4 Oct 23, 2004 Full Review David Nusair Reel Film Reviews ...a better-than-average Wayne vehicle... Rated: 3/4 Aug 20, 2021 Full Review Mike Massie Gone With The Twins Dern certainly has no difficulty donning the guise of a villain. Rated: 10/10 Aug 27, 2020 Full Review Mark Jackson Epoch Times A summer of brutally hard work, hunger, camping in the elements, and rattlesnake danger will certainly turn boys into men. In this case, however, it appears to supernaturally turn boys into a seasoned platoon of modern-day special operations warriors. Rated: 3/5 Jun 10, 2020 Full Review Barbara Shulgasser Common Sense Media Classic action-packed Western has lots of cursing, violence Rated: 4/5 Jan 3, 2017 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Steve D For me it was one of Wayne's worst but I am not a fan. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 03/23/23 Full Review Link Stirring and heartwarming. Like all westerns great cinematography. Well acted with likable hard boiled characters and sinister villains. Good plot that becomes more exciting as it goes. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review cindy r This is John Wayne at his best. He should have had the Oscar for this.. Compelling story backed up by music by John Williams. Bruce Dern as the bad guy was so evil he received death threats from playing the bad guy. Excellent film. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Liam D A More Family Friendly and by the end more violent movies in The Duke's vast filmography Rated 4 out of 5 stars 04/14/22 Full Review Audience Member The late John Wayne once again is directed by Mark Rydell Here he plays a grizzled veteran rancher, Wil Andersen A man about to embark on a big cattle drive when his crew abruptly quits to join in a gold rush Left with no alternative, Anderson enlists the help of a group of local schoolboys There's doubts to be had since these are barely men but Andersen is willing to push them to the limit Training the youngsters to be cowboys, Andersen manages to get the drive underway, but their long journey is placed in jeopardy when the devious bandit Long Hair (Bruce Dern) sets his sights on stealing the herd Are the boys in training too young for this kind of endeavor or can they pull it off with Andersen's help? Dern makes for a fierce opponent, Wayne is always good at what he does for an ol' fashioned Western, and these boys are pretty good too Aside from the length the film is directed with ease showing these cowboys can become men It's also nice to see them step up when they have to Every man wants his children to be better than him surrogate or biological The climax is very exciting too Toughest coming of age film there is and it's not one of John Wayne's best but still worth a look Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review ogn d Bruce Dern at his best, being the worst, a thoroughly miserable wretch. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis A grizzled veteran rancher, Wil Andersen (John Wayne) is almost ready to embark on a big cattle drive when his crew abruptly quits to join in a gold rush. Left with no alternative, Anderson enlists the help of a group of local schoolboys. Training the youngsters to be cowboys, Andersen manages to get the drive underway, but their long journey is placed in jeopardy when the devious bandit Long Hair (Bruce Dern) sets his sights on stealing the herd.
      Director
      Mark Rydell
      Producer
      Mark Rydell
      Screenwriter
      Irving Ravetch, Harriet Frank Jr., William Dale Jennings
      Distributor
      Warner Bros. Pictures
      Production Co
      Warner Brothers/Seven Arts
      Rating
      PG
      Genre
      Western
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jan 13, 1972, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 1, 2008
      Runtime
      2h 8m
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