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  • Actors: Colleen Dewhurst, Roscoe Lee Browne, Bruce Dern, John Wayne
  • Directors: Mark Rydell
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Home Video
  • Release Date: June 5 2007
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000P6XU60
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,762 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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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. The DVD release has a widescreen presentation, trailers for 13 of Wayne's films, a featurette, optional French soundtrack, and optional French subtitles. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By coachtim on June 13 2004
Format: DVD
Director Mark Rydell takes the acting and physical talents of veteran and rookie actors alike and melds them into a great cowboy flick. John Wayne, in one of his last films, is his usual bigger-than-life presence as rancher Wil Andersen who is faced with the need to get his cattle to market but without any help to do it. It just so happens that "gold fever" has struck his part of the West and all of the trail riders have turned into gold miners. The only trail hands left to choose from are the 11 boys who attend the local school. Andersen is faced with the challenge of herding both the cattle and the greenhorn cowboys 400 miles to market.
Andersen hires a black cook, Jebidiah Nightlinger, to feed the troupe and, after a few short days of learning the "ropes" of cattle herding, they set off on their mission. Along the way, there are some great scenes, especially the night the boys discover the sour mash that Mr. Nightlinger has hidden in his chuckwagon and the scene where the cowboys meet up with a travelling group of prostitutes. Bruce Dern as the evil rustler, Asa Watts, is outstanding as the movie's villan. Dern has that great way of contorting his face and eyes to create that genuiunely creepy style of acting that he's displayed throughout much of his career. In the scene where he captures one of the young cowboys and pumps him for information about the cattle drive, it appears that the young man really is terrified of Dern.
By now, the reader of this review probably knows that (for one of the few times in his acting career) John Wayne dies in "The Cowboys". Without going into a lot of plot-revealing details, let me suffice to say that his death does not go unpunished. The boys deliver the cattle to market and become men along the way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Jobin on May 27 2007
Format: DVD
John Wayne is amazing in this unique western drama that has him forced to use boys rather than men, to take his 1500 head of cattle to market, because of the gold rush.

When I say excellent movie - it doesn't get better than having the toughest cowboy that ever lived having to work together with kids ranging in age from approx.7yrs old up to about 15 yrs old - kids who look up to & want to emulate him, yet are also angered by his ultra tough no nonsense approach to everything.

When the evil Bruce Dern shows up - first as a lying ex. con whom Wayne rejects (because his boys are good enough and he can't abide a liar)and then later as a sadistic tormentor of children the movie takes a scary turn.

The "little things" that ruined it for me and cause me to refrain from showing it to kids(who would love it) or promoting it to friends are things like far too much bad language (a little goes a long way)& a scene in which the boys come across a brothel on wheels and the madame is none other than Marilla from Anne of Green Gables and lastly the graphic violence that seems endless at some points. Again, a little goes a long way and a movie that promotes great values on the one hand but allows this other garbage as well, lowers itself in my eyes. Great acting by John Wayne (shows a tender side) and all of the young boys with special mention to the youngest member of the cowboys Clay O'brien (great little horseman too)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. T White on Sept. 6 2003
Format: DVD
Ignore the Amazon review above by Tom Keogh. This is a great film whether you are a western fan or not. It is one of the greatest westerns ever, in the same class as 'The Searchers', 'My Darlin' Clementine', 'Shane', 'High Noon', etc. It is also one of Wayne's best performances. (By the way, the film is 135 minutes long and Wayne's character is killed with approximately 30 or 35 minutes to go. Contrary to Keogh's and some readers' reviews, he is not in the movie "only a short time".)
I would have rated The Cowboys with 5 stars but the DVD picture appears to be a mere transfer from the VHS edition. (I used to own the laserdisc and remember that version's picture quality as much better than the DVD.) While the sound has been remastered, the picture has not been remastered/ restored. Frequently, through-out the movie, white marks and scratches appear on the screen. It's a shame that Warner Brothers did not release this film on DVD with the care and respect it deserves.
The special features are good but there is no commentary, and an update on the "boys" would have been nice.
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By T O'Brien on May 22 2004
Format: DVD
The Cowboys is a good but not great Duke western that benefits from good performances by the cast. Because all the men in town are off in search of gold, rancher Wil Andersen is forced to hire 11 schoolboys to help him drive a herd of cattle to Montana. Obvious problems arise on the trail as Andersen and his cook, Jebediah Nightlinger, try to help the boys learn how to be cowboys. Andersen, Nightlinger, and the 11 cowboys also must deal with a band of rustlers threatening to steal their cattle herd. The plot for this movie is nothing special, but it is still a very enjoyable movie. John Wayne and Roscoe Lee Browne are very good as are the kids. For a Duke western, the ending is a little shocking, but the revenge motive works here as the "cowboys" go after the rustlers. The Cowboys is a beautifully shot movie in the barren desert and the green mountains that deserves a watch to see the Duke in one of his last movies.
As usual, John Wayne is excellent as rancher Wil Andersen, who must watch out for the eleven schoolboys turned cowboys. He takes on a father role to them which is very believable by the end of the movie. Roscoe Lee Browne is also very good as Andersen's cook, Jebediah Nightlinger, who must deal with more than a little racism on the trail. Bruce Dern with his rattlesnake theme is incredibly creepy as rustler, Long Hair, although sometimes his character has been called Asa Watts. The 11 cowboys are all pretty good in their roles including Robert Carradine, A. Martinez, and Alfred Barker Jr. The DVD offers widescreen presentation, production notes, a featurette on the making of, and trailers from 13 different John Wayne movies. The Cowboys is not an action packed western, but it is still entertaining with good performances from the Duke, Roscoe Lee Browne, and Bruce Dern. For an enjoyable western with a bit of a twist, check out The Cowboys!
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