COWBOY UP (known as RING OF FIRE during its brief U.S. theatrical run) is a celebration of the risk-taking, dare-devil personalities of the modern rodeo. In the world of competition bull riding, newcomer Ely Braxton (Marcus Thomas) is the craziest guy around. His brother Hank (Keifer Sutherland) is a rodeo clown, and the two use each other to play up their acts. But love may be the one thing that tears the brothers apart. When Ely falls for the rodeo's sweetheart (Darrel Hannah), Hank is filled with jealousy and hatred. Directed by Xavier Koller, COWBOY UP's screenplay was written by Robert Redford's son, James.