The Cowboys
The Cowboys (1972)

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,… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 13, 1972
DVD Release Date: October 6, 1998
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Barbara Shulgasser
Common Sense Media

Classic action-packed Western has lots of cursing, violence

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An engaging late John Wayne Western, though the macho philosophy of the need to kill might turn off the more liberal viewer.

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Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

A coming-of-age film of the toughest sort. Far from Wayne's best, but nevertheless a movie whose ending ignites a heated discussion.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

A forgotten masterpiece.

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Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews

how old Hollywood promoted conservative agenda with the skill and efficiency modern-day liberals and leftists can only dream about

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Jameson Worley
A great John Wayne movie!
Alec Barniskis
A John Wayne film that was brave enough to kill him before the film was over. The film seems like it could be a lighthearted affair. An old cowboy hires a bunch… More
Dean McKenna
This is the best John Wayne's latter-day Westerns. He's more like grandfatherhood at his age to a group of young school boys as his drivers in order… More
Chad Roesti
I've broke my back once, and my hip twice. And on my worst day I could still beat the hell out of you.
Cameron Johnson
As many westerns as John Wayne has been involved in, at this point, he just quits and goes for a film that is simply titled "The Cowboys". I… More
Moe E
My favorite John Wayne movie... Bruce Dern is awesome as a dirtbag, too!