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Published on Jul 8, 2014
One of screen icon John Wayne's finest twilight films, The Cowboys was a box-office hit in 1972 and controversial in the movie career of Wayne (but you'll have to see it to understand why!).John Wayne stars as a rancher who will lose his livestock unless he can transform a ragtag bunch of schoolboys into cowboys. When all his ranch hands go off in search of gold, the veteran rancher is forced to hire eleven teenage boys as trail hands, and in the process of driving 1200 cattle across 400 rough miles, the young cowboys become cowmenDirected by Mark Rydell, the excellent cast also includes Bruce Dern, Roscoe Lee Browne, Colleen Dewhurst, and teenagers Robert Carradine and A Martinez.