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The Cowboys

Year:
Duration:
131 min
Genres:
Adventure | Comedy | Drama | Western
IMDB rate:
7.4
Director:
Mark Rydell
Awards:
1 win
Details
Country: USA
Release Date: 1972-01-13
Filming Locations: Durango, Colorado, USA
Earnings
Budget: $6,000,000
Gross: $7,500,000 (USA) Filming Dates 5 April 1971 - 25 July 1971 Copyright Holder Copyright ©MCMLXXI by Sanford Productions, Inc. and Warner Bros. Inc. All Rights Reserved Related Links
Cast
Actor
Character
John Wayne
Wil Andersen
Roscoe Lee Browne
Jebediah Nightlinger
Bruce Dern
Long Hair
Colleen Dewhurst
Kate
Nicolas Beauvy
Dan - Cowboy
Steve Benedict
Steve - Cowboy
Robert Carradine
Slim Honeycutt - Cowboy
Norman Howell
Weedy - Cowboy (as Norman Howell Jr.)
Sean Kelly
Stuttering Bob - Cowboy
A Martinez
Cimarron - Cowboy
Clay O'Brien
Hardy Fimps - Cowboy
Sam O'Brien
Jimmy Phillips - Cowboy
Mike Pyeatt
Homer Weems - Cowboy
Slim Pickens
Anse
Lonny Chapman
Homer's Father
Charles Tyner
Stonemason
Sarah Cunningham
Annie Andersen
Maggie Costain
Phoebe
Matt Clark
Smiley
Jerry Gatlin
Howdy
Walter Scott
Okay
Richard Farnsworth
Henry Williams
Wallace Brooks
Red Tucker
Charise Cullin
Elizabeth
Collette Poeppel
Rosemary (as Colette Poeppel)
Norman Howell Sr.
Jim's Father (as Norman Howell)
Rita Hudis
Charlie's Mother
Margaret Kelly
Bob's Mother
Larry Randles
Ben
Larry Finley
Jake
Jim Burk
Pete
Fred Brookfield
Rustler
Tap Canutt
Rustler
Gary Epper
Rustler
Tony Epper
Rustler
Kent Hays
Rustler
J.R. Randall
Rustler (as J. R. Randall)
Henry Wills
Rustler
Joe Yrigoyen
Rustler
Ralph Volkie
Ralphie (uncredited)
Did you know?
Trivia
The tune that is played on guitar at the camp fire is "Guitar Concerto in D Major" by Antonio Vivaldi.
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John Wayne actually pleaded with director Mark Rydell to allow him to play Wil Anderson.
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Despite their political and social opinion differences, John Wayne and Roscoe Lee Browne shared a love of poetry. They sometimes quoted their favorite verses between takes.
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Goofs
In the beginning of the movie, the children in school are singing "The Star Spangled Banner". This is unlikely as that song was not adopted as the National Anthem until March 3rd 1931.
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Take a good look behind the Pre-Trail Drive Anderson while he's talking to the boys at the homestead. The mountain behind him has a visible white object at the top. The USAF Radar site wasn't there until the early 1950's.
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When Cimarron breaks Crazy Alice, he is holding the rein in his left hand in the long shots, and in the close up shots it's in his right hand.
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Quotes
Wil Andersen: My oldest son would have been forty this year. Middle aged. But they went bad on me... or I went bad on them.
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Wil Andersen: [pointing at Fats] You - what started this?
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Wil Andersen: There ain't a kid in that school over fifteen. They're between hay and grass. I need men.
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Photos from cast
Alfred Barker Jr. Chuck Courtney Stephen R. Hudis Allyn Ann McLerie
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