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The Cowboys (1972)

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134 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

Rancher Wil Andersen is forced to hire inexperienced boys as cowhands in order to get his herd to market on time but the rough drive is full of dangers and a gang of cattle rustlers is trailing them.
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Director
Writers
William Dale Jennings (novel) (screenplay) | Irving Ravetch (screenplay) | Harriet Frank Jr. (screenplay)
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Philip M. Jefferies (as Philip Jefferies)
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$ 6,000,000
Gross (USA)
$ 7,500,000
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Release date
Jan 13, 1972 (United States)
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45 cast members
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John Wayne
Wil Andersen Wil Andersen   See fewer
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Roscoe Lee Browne
Jebediah Nightlinger Jebediah Nightlinger   See fewer
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Bruce Dern
Long Hair Long Hair   See fewer
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Alfred Barker Jr.
Fats - Cowboy Fats - Cowboy   See fewer
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Nicolas Beauvy
Dan - Cowboy Dan - Cowboy   See fewer
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Steve Benedict
Steve - Cowboy Steve - Cowboy   See fewer
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Robert Carradine
Slim Honeycutt - Cowboy Slim Honeycutt - Cowboy   See fewer
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Norman Howell
Weedy - Cowboy (as Norman Howell Jr.) Weedy - Cowboy (as Norman Howell Jr.)   See fewer
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Stephen R. Hudis
Charlie Schwartz - Cowboy (as Stephen Hudis) Charlie Schwartz - Cowboy (as Stephen Hudis)   See fewer
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Sean Kelly
Stuttering Bob - Cowboy Stuttering Bob - Cowboy   See fewer
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A Martinez
Cimarron - Cowboy Cimarron - Cowboy   See fewer
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Clay O'Brien
Hardy Fimps - Cowboy Hardy Fimps - Cowboy   See fewer
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Sam O'Brien
Jimmy Phillips - Cowboy Jimmy Phillips - Cowboy   See fewer
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Mike Pyeatt
Homer Weems - Cowboy Homer Weems - Cowboy   See fewer
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Lonny Chapman
Homer's Father Homer's Father   See fewer
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Charles Tyner
Stonemason Stonemason   See fewer
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Sarah Cunningham
Annie Andersen Annie Andersen   See fewer
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Allyn Ann McLerie
Ellen Price Ellen Price   See fewer
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Matt Clark
Smiley Smiley   See fewer
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Richard Farnsworth
Henry Williams (as Dick Farnsworth) Henry Williams (as Dick Farnsworth)   See fewer
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Wallace Brooks
Red Tucker Red Tucker   See fewer
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Charise Cullin
Elizabeth Elizabeth   See fewer
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Collette Poeppel
Rosemary (as Colette Poeppel) Rosemary (as Colette Poeppel)   See fewer
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Norman Howell Sr.
Jim's Father (as Norman Howell) Jim's Father (as Norman Howell)   See fewer
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Rita Hudis
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Margaret Kelly
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Fred Brookfield
Rustler Rustler   See fewer
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Tap Canutt
Rustler Rustler   See fewer
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Chuck Courtney
Rustler Rustler   See fewer
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Gary Epper
Rustler Rustler   See fewer
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Tony Epper
Rustler Rustler   See fewer
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Kent Hays
Rustler Rustler   See fewer
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J.R. Randall
Rustler Rustler   See fewer
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Henry Wills
Rustler Rustler   See fewer
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Joe Yrigoyen
Rustler Rustler   See fewer
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Ivan Brutsche
Towns Person (uncredited) Towns Person (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ralph Volkie
Ralphie (uncredited) Ralphie (uncredited)   See fewer
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7.4 / 10 | 11,677 votes