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Good Old Boys (1995)

Tommy Lee Jones , Terry Kinney , Tommy Lee Jones  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tommy Lee Jones, Terry Kinney, Frances Mcdormand, Sam Shepard, Sissy Spacek
  • Directors: Tommy Lee Jones
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Archive
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2012
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00A92MF6Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,692 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Academy Award® winner* Tommy Lee Jones writes, as well as stars and makes his directorial debut in this rousing turn-of-the-century Western based on Elmer Kelton's popular novel and featuring Sissy Spacek, Sam Shepard, and Wilford Brimley.

It's the early 1900s, and weather-beaten cowhand Hewey Calloway (Jones) rides in from the vast Texas range after learning his brother's farm is in danger of foreclosure. Arriving in a nearby town, what the middle-aged roughrider finds amazes yet threatens him - automobiles and civilized society. Soon the local schoolteacher (Spacek) catches his eye, which places Hewey in a unique situation. Surrounded by his brother's family and with a strong attraction to the new lady in his life, Calloway is actually considering settling down. But when his freewheeling ranching buddy (Shepard) comes to visit, Hewey begins longing for the old days in the saddle. Torn in both directions, Calloway is now faced with the biggest decision of his life.

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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tommy Lee Jones and Elmer Kelton - What a combination! September 6, 2002
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TLJ does a superb job of both acting and directing. The entire cast is wonderful, but not enough credit is given to Elmer Kelton, a great western writer. What Sam Elliott has done with Louie L'Amour, TLJ does with Elmer Kelton. A story without diabolical killers, crazed lunatics, super heroes, terrible corporations, mass killings, ... and the other ingredients that are so common, these actors, directors, and writers have told a great story of the time of change in the west. A real story with heartache, humor, sweat, and tears, and have done it without vulgarity. Awesome!!
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IN THE SPIRIT OF MONTE WALSH September 13, 2003
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Tommy Lee Jones brings the Elmer Kelton western classic to life with The Good Old Boys. Like Monte Walsh, the story follows a tried and true cowboy's nostalgic efforts to hold on to the only life he knows. Even being roped down in order to help his brother keep his homestead and an appealing lady friend aren't enough to make Huey Calloway (Jones) settle down.
A wonderful movie, The Good Old Boys features terrific performances by Jones, Sissy Spacek, Francis McDormand, Sam Shepard, Wilford Brimley and Matt Damon.
A cameo performance by Larry Mahan, one of the greatest rodeo cowboys ever, adds some wonderful spice and authenticity,
As Jones rides off into the sunset, like Tom Selleck in Monte Walsh, the hope and the dream that cowboys will continue to ride is very artfully expressed.
Where in the heck is the DVD for this one?
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JONES BRINGS THIS KELTON WESTERN TO LIFE November 7, 2005
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Tommy Lee Jones brings the Elmer Kelton western classic to life with THE GOOD OLD BOYS. Like Monte Walsh, the story follows a tried and true cowboy's nostalgic efforts to hold on to the only life he knows. Even being roped down in order to help his brother keep his homestead and an appealing lady friend aren't enough to make Huey Calloway (Jones) settle down.

A wonderful movie, THE GOOD OLD BOYS features terrific performances by Jones, Sissy Spacek, Francis McDormand, Sam Shepard, Wilford Brimley and Matt Damon. A cameo performance by Larry Mahan, one of the greatest rodeo cowboys ever, adds some wonderful spice and authenticity,

As Jones rides off into the sunset, like Tom Selleck in Monte Walsh, the hope and the dream that cowboys will continue to ride is very artfully expressed.

Where in the heck is the DVD for this one?

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the West December 11, 1999
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Kudos to Tommy Lee Jones for keeping "The Good Old Boys" true to Elmer Kelton's excellent story. It matters not whether you first read the book or watch the movie. They're virtually the same. When was the last time you saw a movie that did justice to the book it came from? If you liked Tommy Lee Jones and Sissy Spacek together in "Coal Miner's Daughter," you'll like them even better here. With the excellent cast, excellent story and totally appropriate acoustic music, courtesy of John McEuen, this has to be the premier "feel good" movie of the last 25 years. You'll want to watch it again and again. I hope Tommy Lee Jones plays a major part in bringing Elmer Kelton's "The Pumpkin Rollers" to the screen.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bitter-Sweet Reunion with Inlaws and Outlaws February 7, 2000
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My Love for Tommy Lees Jones talent is ever on the increase. One would have to understand that when this Super Star takes on a project, It will sparkle, and bring you too tears in all the right moments. The national reviews were shy to say the least concerning this great art. Way to go Tommy Lee. Now concerning the story; Huey, a good ol boy, Cowboy, Rake and rambler, Returns home. West Texas,after two years of seeing the country and raising hell the way cowboys of old do. He is not recieved by his two loving nephews as he had anticipated. All the reasons why are found in perhaps one of my favorite scenes of the movie/ Eve [Francis McDormond] and Huey [Tommy Lee] enguage in a most tender scene, in the bitter-sweet. Tommy Lee, Sissy Spacek, Matt Damon,Francis McDormand,Jimmy Don Cox,Wilford Brimley,Sam Shepard, All Deliver. Other great scenes make it all happen, This one approaches a real old Time Tear Jerker. Now one of my favorites. I rented,Now I Will Buy....
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tommy Lee Had Me at "Cow-ology" March 28, 2007
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Who could resist a movie that opens with a salty old cowpoke complaining to his horse, "Biscuit", that he's weary of "cow-ology"? That short monologue sets the tone for a film that is much like its main character: simple and appealing. Having grown up in West Texas, I can recall characters exactly like those portrayed by Tommy Lee Jones and Sam Shepherd. It's apparent that GOOD OLD BOYS was directed (by Jones) with genuine affection for the material. Jones, along with Sam Shepherd and Sissy Spacek are wonderful. But the supporting players are just as great, including a youngster by the name of Matt Damon.

If anyone at TNT reads this, please release a DVD version of GOOD OLD BOYS and include a commentary by its director, Mr.Jones and his fine cast.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charmingly different lighthearted western January 18, 1999
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Tommy Lee Jones does an incredible job of portraying an aging cowboy that is trying to find his niche in the changing west. The main character, Hewey Calloway, is a fun loving, good hearted cowboy that helps his brother's family save their ranch from forclosure. He has to deal with personal issues of a romance with the local schoolmarm, Sissy Spacek, and wanting to continue to be independent and cowboy the way he has been for the last 30+ years. Some wonderful lines and humorous scenes. Other familiar faces in this movie are Willford Brimley, Sam Shephard and Matt Damon. This has become one of my all time favorite movies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good service and a terrific movie.
Published 1 day ago by John T. Griffin
5.0 out of 5 stars ... listed along with Lonestome Dove as one of the best westerns ever...
This should be listed along with Lonestome Dove as one of the best westerns ever made.
Published 2 days ago by Karen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Tommy Lee Jones is great in this movie. Believable turn of the century western.
Published 4 days ago by KJACK97008
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great movie.
Published 12 days ago by Kevin D. Cashman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
arrived as promised
Published 18 days ago by Adam Marvin, MD
2.0 out of 5 stars Tommy Lee Jones is one of my favorite actors, and a good western is my...
Tommy Lee Jones is one of my favorite actors, and a good western is my faveorite kind of movie, so i couldnt wait to see his dierectorial debut. boy was i dissapointed. Read more
Published 22 days ago by elvissnme
5.0 out of 5 stars We Both Loved It
My husband and I read this together. It was well written, and appealed to us both. This was my first foray into this genre, and I loved it! Read more
Published 28 days ago by Linda Youngblood
5.0 out of 5 stars Tommie Lee Jones is great in this
He really is entertaining here. He is a very likable character and someone who reminds you of a certain family member who is good hearted but irresponsible. Read more
Published 1 month ago by silk cowboy
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Yes!
I got this for my best friend for his birthday, he had it on vhs and it was wore out, was so glad to find it on dvd. His BD is on 6/26 and he has already watched it twice...
Published 1 month ago by Becky Kenney
5.0 out of 5 stars A great family movie
This is another tommy lee jones perfect movie he prouduced directed acted but that's only half this is an exalent movie also sissy spaceick coal miners daughter I love miss... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robertd5150
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