Watch: The Cowboys 1972 123movies, Full Movie Online – When his cattle drivers abandon him for the gold fields, rancher Wil Andersen is forced to take on a collection of young boys as his drivers in order to get his herd to market in time to avoid financial disaster. The boys learn to do a man’s job under Andersen’s tutelage; however, neither Andersen nor the boys know that a gang of cattle thieves is stalking them..
Plot: When his cattlemen abandon him for the gold fields, rancher Wil Andersen is forced to take on a collection of young boys as his cowboys in order to get his herd to market in time to avoid financial disaster. The boys learn to do a man’s job under Andersen’s tutelage; however, neither Andersen nor the boys know that a gang of cattle thieves is stalking them.
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A surprisingly tough Western with good acting
“The Cowboys” gives a solid performance by John Wayne, with excellent support from Roscoe Lee Browne and especially Bruce Dern.
John Wayne plays his role well as the aging rancher who needs to get his herd on the trail and has trouble finding help. He shows softer moments than is typical for him, and seems almost wistful at times.
The supporting cast of about a dozen boys who end up helping him do a pretty good job as well. When the film gets under way, the boys make you think you are in for a relatively smooth ride, but some of the later scenes get pretty intense.
Browne has the somewhat trite role of a wisdom-dispensing African-American, but he does have some good lines that he does well with. Whereas many films today might downplay the issue of his skin color, “The Cowboys” has fairly realistic reactions from a variety of people to a black man working in the West.
Bruce Dern comes off as one of the creepiest bad guys in a Western. In early scenes his (unnamed) character tries to pass himself off as smooth and sweet-talking, but eventually his true colors show, and he is downright scary. He has an especially frightening confrontation with one of the boys, and a wild-eyed showdown with John Wayne that really cements him as one of the worst bad guys ever played in a Western.
The story is pretty much by the book, with only one big surprise in a fight near the end. It also takes a little while to get going, but by the first scene with the boys in the corral, it hums along.
On the whole, a good Western with some excellent acting.
Judging from the title alone — in its full splendor it’s “Jonn Wayne and the Cowboys” — it sounds like just another one of those routine and mind-numbing attempts to cash in on Wayne’s heroic image in the setting of the Old West. He ground out lots of these Sonicburgers in the 70s.
In most ways, that’s what it is. Wayne must drive his herd of cattle through Montana. The local cowpokes have caught gold fever and left, so Wayne must hire a dozen little boys, the oldest of them being fifteen. The only other adult is the cook Roscoe Lee Brown, who serves as Wayne’s conscience.
Wayne is a tough taskmaster. When one of the boys dozes in the saddle, Wayne doesn’t just wake him up. He pushes him roughly off his horse. (“I pay a day’s wages, I expect a day’s work.”) There are thinly disguised clichés in the script. One boy can’t speak without stuttering until Wayne taunts him and insults him and the kid says, “You SOB!”, without a stutter, forever cured. (Usually they throw away their crutches.) Supporting players have names like Jeb, Slim, Weedy, and Matt.
Wayne attempts nothing new, as he had in, say, “She Wore A Yellow Ribbon,” “The Searchers”, and “True Grit.” He coasts along on his honorable John Wayneness. His wardrobe is the same as in the other efforts of this late period — leather vest, high neckerchief, the usual hat — although this time the color of the shirts under the vest is subdued.
But there are a couple of surprises. For one thing, he’s finally given a plain-looking wife his own age. He’s allowed to curse the aging process seriously. A fight with the no-goodnik Bruce Dern is particularly brutal. Instead of a simple clip on the jaw, Wayne must beat hell out of Dern to keep him down, and he takes many bruises in the process. And I can think of some movies in which Wayne is killed in combat or dies some heroic death. Here he gets shot in all his limbs before the mortal wound and it takes him quite a while to die.
And, although the ending provides the catharsis that the audience needs, I can’t help wondering if it’s a good idea to show that one of the lessons the kids learn is that all the bad guys should be slaughtered in the most painful way, whether they’re armed or not.
By this time, Wayne must have had a lot of control over his material. I’m surprised that he allowed his character to be killed off so viciously. I’m also a little surprised that he repeats, multiple times, the metaphor, “We’re burning daylight.” It’s from Shakespeare, who used it more than once. That should have carried a neon sign — “Unclean” — right there. That’s not even to mention the pretty tune by Vivaldi played on a guitar.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 14 min (134 min)
Genre Adventure, Drama, Western
Director Mark Rydell
Writer William Dale Jennings, Irving Ravetch, Harriet Frank Jr.
Actors John Wayne, Roscoe Lee Browne, Bruce Dern
Country United States
Awards 1 win
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (35 mm prints), 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints), 4-Track Stereo (some 35 mm prints)
Aspect Ratio 2.20 : 1 (70 mm prints), 2.39 : 1
Camera Panavision PSR (uncredited)
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (color)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Panavision (anamorphic)
Printed Film Format 35 mm, 70 mm (blow-up)