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Cowboy (1958)

Glenn Ford , Jack Lemmon , Delmer Daves  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Glenn Ford, Jack Lemmon, Anna Kashfi, Brian Donlevy, Dick York
  • Directors: Delmer Daves
  • Writers: Dalton Trumbo, Edmund H. North, Frank Harris
  • Producers: Julian Blaustein
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2002
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000063UQO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,733 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cowboy" on IMDb

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Tempers flare and fists fly in Cowboy, an action-packed sagebrush classic based on the real-life adventures of a young tenderfoot turned tough cattleman. Glenn Ford stars as Tom Reece, a range-hardened trail boss who has just arrived in Chicago after months on the plains. When he loses all his money in a high-stakes poker game, he reluctantly accepts a $3,800 loan from hotel desk clerk Frank Harris (Academy Award(r) winner* Jack Lemmon) in exchange for a piece of his cattle business. Frank, a would-be cowboy, has fallen hopelessly in love with Maria Vidal (Anna Kashfi), the voluptuous daughter of a wealthy Mexican rancher. Though her father forbids the lovers from seeing each other again, Frank holds Tom to their partnership agreement, and forces the feisty wrangler to take him on the cattle drive to Maria's hometown of Guadalupe. There, the two men find all the excitement they can handlein this all-star Technicolor tale of fiery emotions and dangerous desires.

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars How could they release this in Pan & Scan???? June 25, 2002
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This is a wonderful look at the "real" West for a change; warts and all. BUT, and it is a big BUT, it needs to be seen as originally filmed not cut for television. Neverthless I'll keep this copy and then buy it again when it is released in Widescreen. Why do those who support the rights of directors and complain when someone "messes" with "their" product think nothing of chopping a film to fit a televion screen.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Okay Movie, Poor DVD January 31, 2005
This is a decent DVD, if you don't mind that 27.9 percent of the original theatrical image has been removed for the DVD exhibition, so that the DVD image fills your entire 4:3 television screen (theatrical aspect ratio - 1.85:1; DVD aspect ratio - 4:3). If you're okay with that, enjoy!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really the West October 12, 2004
There are some movies that force you to contemplate issues swimming in the deep end of the pool. The dvd for COWBOY contains a few trailers, one for COWBOY itself. In it star Jack Lemmon proudly boasts that COWBOY is "really the best, really the west." Amen, brother. The cattle drive this movie takes you on is unlike most others, an adult western as they measured such things in the late `50s.

Lemmon plays tinhorn Frank Norris, a hotel clerk who has a romantic notion about the cowboy life, and Glenn Ford plays Tom Reese, cattle boss and ramrod teflon-coated against the romance of the open range, who reluctantly takes Lemmon on.

There's a dispensable romantic subplot to this one, included only to provide Lemmon with a breakable romantic notion and a reason to want to go south (his forbidden love lives with a protective father in Mexico.) COWBOY is about what happens on the trail, and not much of it is good. Ford's trail gang contains an assortment of deviants and sociopaths enough to make a barbarian blush. Among the wranglers is a character who ate the "left haunch" of a Comanche warrior and is ribbed unmercifully for it. A prank turns fatal and rather than meditate on the meaning of life, the instigator attempts to steal the victim's boots. When an amorous wrangler precipitates a brutal fight with a jealous boyfriend and his gang the wrangler's pardners vamoose before the knives are drawn. COWBOY has a strong anti-romantic message; life on the trail is a dehumanizing experience. Lemmon is at first horrified and then embittered, his anger mainly directed at boss Ford for allowing it. An interesting and nice feature of this smart film is watching the Lemmon and Ford characters evolve along the drive. Lemmon turns hard and mean, while Ford softens up a bit.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars kinda disappointed May 28, 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This edition of the movie includes a special trailer made with Jack Lemmon. In the trailer Mr. Lemmon describes the film as being in glorious technicolor and broad as the movie screen to capture all the scope of the outdoor locations. But this version is TV "Full Screen" with no widescreen option. And I've looked and can't find this movie in a widescreen format. It's a great western, one I watch over and over, I just wish I could find a version that would let me see the movie as it was intended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars cowboy August 2, 2008
if you want this movie in widescreen watch for it on turner classic
movies and copy it...they show it in widescreen often...the tv cut takes
away about half the scope of the picture....
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars COWBOY-1958 March 9, 2005
Here the great GLENN FORD(Who also starred with Jack Lemmon's wife,Felicia"3:10 TO YUMA" gets to star with Jack Lemmon...who(A GREENHORN)comes off very good I feel.He has this under the stars with cattle is like heaven in the open range.RICHARD JAECKEL..who is so good himself..never seems to age.He has always looked youthful,sorry to say..he's gone now,like JACK LEMMON.When an actor like Mr.Lemmon does a western..he really pulled it off.Here he is city-slicker..wanting to move cattle with Mr.Ford.And good old Glenn takes him up on offer,only because he lost money playing poker.It's a western that moves right,Dick York is very good in his role also.The only thing that kept me from giving it 5-stars is..the dvd...should have been in widescreen.Westerns are outdoor needs the Scope of the west.Columbia is getting very cheap lately.All they had to do is give both versions.I seen his western on Turner classic and taped it.It was presented WIDESCREEN.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Western Fan March 25, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This moive had everything that made it easy to remember. Glen Ford was always a standup kind of guy and could be hard as nails, or gentle. Jack Lemmon was like a new born calf looking for how to walk on his unsteady legs. The other actors were very good and there was no over acting, they fit their roles perfectly, as a person that enjoys good stunts this one was not lacking in that department. I would watch this moive often,as it is good entertainment.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glenn Ford 'Cowboy' November 10, 2006
I bought this DVD in a fit of nostalgia, having seen it many years ago.

I like Glenn Ford's understated acting, and, of course, Jack Lemon was an excellent foil. Don't know how they filmed the scene where Ford 'ringed the bull', but it looked real enough to me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 1 month ago by Ahmad Abdulla Alawadhi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I enjoy a good "old fashioned" western; a little violence, some humor, and some insight into human behavior .
Published 1 month ago by MARION CALVINO
4.0 out of 5 stars Good to see these two actors in their earlier days ...
Good to see these two actors in their earlier days of acting. I remember Jack Lemmon more for his comedy...This was a reminder that he could play dramatic roles very well also.
Published 2 months ago by Constance M. Bahman
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT YOUR AVERAGE OAT EATER
If your looking for great acting, a wonderful music score, and a super fable by that noted 19th Century tale-spinner, Frank Harris, this is your kind of movie.
Published 3 months ago by Anthony Horowitz
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Flick
Oldie but goodie with two great stars we are all familiar with. Don't be too serious about the plot, just enjoy the movie.
Published 4 months ago by Grandi J
5.0 out of 5 stars Widescreen
I know this says 1.85:1 but it comes in full screen. Can't find widescreen anywhere. Someone said TCM shows it widescreen, I have yet to see that. I even looked on shop. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bartman
5.0 out of 5 stars you gotta like
Glen Ford as a tough and refined (sometimes) cattle trail boss. Jack Lemmon as a love struck, dreamer of a hotel clerk, and a situation where these two end up on a cattle drive... Read more
Published 7 months ago by jrddn47
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun movie from the past still has power to make you laugh!
Lots of laughs and many zany situations make this an easy watch. Love to watch it every year. Glad to have been able to replace the old, worn out copy!
Published 7 months ago by Geri H. Ball
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the true greats of Cowboy Classics
The acting here could not be improved upon and the realism and grit of the Old West comes through beautifully. Neautiful scenery and great actors!
Published 7 months ago by Anne Deaton
5.0 out of 5 stars how the west was(n't) fun.
This film is a beauty.
I remembered years ago when I first saw it as a quite quirky little picture - in this sense, it reminds me of another eccentricity, the western starring... Read more
Published 8 months ago by stephen
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It's pathetic that movie companies continue to insult us with edited versions of films. I have also seen the widescreen version of Cowboy and will patiently wait until this DVD is released as it should be. We true movie lovers and collectors need to stick together and let these companies know we... Read More
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