The Cowboys
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In one of John Wayne's more interesting late Westerns, "The Duke" plays Will Anderson, a crusty veteran cattleman preparing a 400-mile drive to get a herd of steers to market. Shortly before the trip is scheduled to begin, Will's crew quits when they get word of a nearby gold strike. With little time and few alternatives, Will recruits eleven boys, ages nine through 13, and teaches them the basics of herding cattle and riding the range. Bruce Dern plays a memorably foul villain and cattle rustler named Long Hair, while Roscoe Lee Browne portrays Jebediah, the cattle drive… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A coming-of-age film of the toughest sort. Far from Wayne's best, but nevertheless a movie whose ending ignites a heated discussion."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
"At the center of this picture, just as in Red River, is the passing of the Western mores and masculinity code from John Wayne to the younger generation. Rydell's Western is formulaic and familiar, but the Duke is in top form."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A forgotten masterpiece."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"how old Hollywood promoted conservative agenda with the skill and efficiency modern-day liberals and leftists can only dream about"
‑ Dragan Antulov, Draxblog Movie Reviews
"Even with a closing that breaks with tradition, The Cowboys is not as eventful as one would have hoped for in a John Wayne movie."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"An engaging late John Wayne Western, though the macho philosophy of the need to kill might turn off the more liberal viewer."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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