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- Rated: PG
- Run Time: 2 hours, 14 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: May 22, 2007
- Originally Released: 1972
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround - English
- Mono 1.0 - French
- Subtitles - English, French - Optional
- Additional Release Material:
- Audio Commentary: Mark Rydell - Director
- Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
- THE COWBOYS: TOGETHER AGAIN
- THE BREAKING OF BOYS AND THE MAKING OF MEN
- Collectible Behind-the-Scenes Photo Set
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Performer:||Roscoe Lee Browne, Slim Pickens, Colleen Dewhurst, Bruce Dern, Lonny Chapman, Charles Tyner & A Martinez|
|Directed by||Mark Rydell|
|Edited by||Robert Swink & Neil Travis|
|Screenwriting by||Irving Ravetch, Harriet Frank Jr. & William Dale Jennings|
|Composition by||John Williams|
|Produced by||Mark Rydell|
|Director of Photography:||Robert Surtees|
Rating: 6/10 -- how old Hollywood promoted conservative agenda with the skill and efficiency modern-day liberals and leftists can only dream about Full Review
Draxblog Movie Reviews
[T]he real subject here often seems to be Wayne's persona....Rydell is able to hint at a vulnerability not found in many of the star's other performances.
Sight and Sound
Rating: 4/5 -- Classic action-packed Western has lots of cursing, violence Full Review
Common Sense Media
Rating: 2.5/4 -- 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. Full Review
Rating: B- -- A coming-of-age film of the toughest sort. Far from Wayne's best, but nevertheless a movie whose ending ignites a heated discussion. Full Review
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Rating: B -- At the center of this picture, just as in Red River, is the passing of the Western mores and masculinity code from John Wayne to the younger generation. Rydell's Western is formulaic and familiar, but the Duke is in top form. Full Review
Rating: C+ -- An engaging late John Wayne Western, though the macho philosophy of the need to kill might turn off the more liberal viewer. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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.
In director Mark Rydell's THE COWBOYS, a veteran rancher hires a group of young boys to drive his cattle to market after his regular hands desert him. The length of the trip and the unwieldly herd of cattle make for an impromptu classroom on the range, complete with attacking outlaws.
- Filmed in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Colorado.
- Director Mark Rydell discovered the novel when it was still unpublished, and sold the idea for the film to Warner Brothers.
- John William's overture, entr'acte, and exit music was never used in the film's general release prints, but you can hear them on video and DVD versions of the film.
- For the cattle-drive scenes, there were 1,500 cattle and over 100 horses used.
- Rydell said making THE COWBOYS was one of the greatest experiences of his life.
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