Directed By: Mark Rydell Starring: John Wayne

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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.


Studio Warner
SKU 204242660
UPC 085391145356
UPC 14 00085391145356
Format DVD
Release Date 9/28/2010
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Editors Note
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.
Plot Summary
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.
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
Mark Rydell
John Wayne
Cast & Crew
Lonny Chapman - Star
Roscoe Lee Browne - Star
Colleen Dewhurst - Star
Bruce Dern - Star
John Wayne - Star
Slim Pickens - Star
Charles Tyner - Star
A Martinez - Star
Robert W. Swink - Editor
Irving Ravetch - Screenwriter
Frank Harriet, Jr. - Screenwriter
Mark Rydell - Producer
Robert Surtees - Director of Photography
William Dale Jennings - Screenwriter
John Williams - Composer
Philip M. Jefferies - Production Designer
Neil Travis - Editor
Mark Rydell - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1972
Catalog ID 114535
UPC 00085391145356
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 134 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
DVD, Deluxe Edition, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, English, French, Subtitled
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Video Format DVD

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