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Cowboys (1972)

Director: Mark Rydell     Starring: John Wayne
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Format: DVD
Sku: 204242660
UPC: 085391145356
UPC 14: 00085391145356
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An aging rancher must hire a bunch of schoolboys for a cattle drive after his own hands desert him for a gold rush.
Editor's Note
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.


Video Features DVD, Deluxe Edition, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, English, French, Subtitled

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/28/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 134 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1972
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 114535
Video UPC UPC: 00085391145356
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Lonny Chapman
Video Cast Info Roscoe Lee Browne
Video Cast Info Colleen Dewhurst
Video Cast Info Bruce Dern
Video Cast Info John Wayne
Video Cast Info Slim Pickens
Video Cast Info Charles Tyner
Video Cast Info A Martinez
Video Cast Info Robert W. Swink - Editor
Video Cast Info Irving Ravetch - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Frank Harriet, Jr. - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Mark Rydell - Producer
Video Cast Info Robert Surtees - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info William Dale Jennings - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info John Williams - Composer
Video Cast Info Philip M. Jefferies - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Neil Travis - Editor
Video Cast Info Mark Rydell - Director
Plot Summary
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.

Professional Reviews

Sight and Sound
"[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." 12/01/2004 p.75

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Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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