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"The Cowboys" - 1971 - directed by Mark Rydell and starring John Wayne -

It's an extraordinary Western in which an aging man is forced to hire boys to get his cattle to market - the environment poses many difficult problems, especially for the boys who are trying to grow up and for Wil Andersen (Mr.Wayne's character) who is trying to protect the boys, especially from a group of low-lifes who want to steal the cattle - Mr. Wayne is at his very best, because he pulls no punches and the boys are able to convery their awkwardness and confusion - the ending, which is highly unexpected, is, in its' way, perfection - this film should be both famous and celebrated - it's an unusual achievement for a Western - but then this one is far more than a Western.



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