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Story

Notorious as the first John Wayne film that does the unthinkable--subject Wayne's character to a nasty fate after only a short time--the 1972 Cowboys isn't much more interesting beyond that. The story finds Wayne playing a rancher who takes 11 boys on a cattle drive. They run into a nut case (Bruce Dern) who deprives the kids of their leader, and the rest of the film is a tale of revenge. Mark Rydell (Cinderella Liberty) directs an unexciting production, although performances by some of the younger actors such as A. Martinez and Robert Carradine are memorable. --Tom Keogh

DVD Features

  • Available subtitles: English, French
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • "The Breaking of Boys and the Making of Men" original documentary featurette
  • Theatrical trailers for 13 John Wayne films

Cast

John WayneWil Andersen
Roscoe Lee BrowneJebediah Nightlinger
Bruce DernLong Hair
Colleen DewhurstKate
Alfred Barker Jr.Fats
Nicolas BeauvyDan
Steve BenedictSteve
Robert CarradineSlim Honeycutt
Norman HowellWeedy
Stephen R. HudisCharlie Schwartz
Sean KellyStuttering Bob
A MartinezCimarron
Clay O'BrienHardy Fimps
Sam O'BrienJimmy Phillips
Mike PyeattHomer Weems

  • Genre: Western
  • Theme(s): Wild West
  • Director: Mark Rydell
  • Producer: Warner Brothers
  • Length: 128 mins
  • Aspect ratio: 2.20:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 13, 1972
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
    EuropePG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 8, 2005
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