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The Train Robbers

4.4 out of 5 stars 168 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Three cowpokes band together with a feisty widow to recover = a cache of stolen gold. John Wayne meets Ann Margret and you'll keep = guessing who meets whose match! Year: 1973 Director: Burt Kennedy = Starring: John Wayne, Ann-Margret, Rod Taylor.

Special Features

  • Two production featurettes: Working with a Western Legend, The Wayne Train
  • John Wayne trailer gallery

Product Details

  • Actors: John Wayne, Ann-Margret, Rod Taylor, Ben Johnson, Christopher George
  • Directors: Burt Kennedy
  • Writers: Burt Kennedy
  • Producers: John Wayne, Michael Wayne
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 3, 2005
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007P0XC8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,064 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Train Robbers" on IMDb

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The Train Robbers is a late film of the Duke's, but it is still an entertaining film. Directed by Burt Kennedy, the story follows a widow who hires Wayne to escort her to a cache of hidden gold that belongs to her recently deceased husband. Joining Wayne are a couple of old friends who come along. There are not any identifiable bad guys except for a nameless group of gunman making their own go at the gold. This is not a great John Wayne western, but it is not the worst. Still very entertaining.

What carries the movie is the excellent cast in support of John Wayne. Joining him are Ann Margaret as the widow Mrs. Lowe, Rod Taylor, Ben Johnson, and even Ricardo Montalban in a small but funny role. Taylor and Johnson are great together as Grady and Jesse, two old friends of Wayne's Lane. There's a history among the three characters which provides plenty of laughs throughout the movie. Also riding with Lane and Co. are Christopher George in a good supporting part as Calhoun, Bobby Vinton, and Jerry Gatlin. And be sure to stick around till the end for Montalban's revelation at the end. You won't be disappointed!

The DVD offers some decent features, especially since many John Wayne DVDs are bare-bones. Along with a beautiful widescreen presentation, the DVD has a trailer gallery of JW movies and two good featurettes, "The Wayne Train" made during the filming of the movie, and "Working With a Hollywood Legend" interviews with a great stuntman, Dean Smith, involving his work with Wayne. This is a good western that deserves a watch if for nothing else than the twist at the end. Very entertaining!
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I must admit that Ann Margaret has always been a favorite of mine. That probably, make that certainly, affects my judgment of this film. It is not one of John Wayne's best. I still like it. Only part of that is because I like Ann Margaret.

John Wayne plays the leader of a group of gunfighters. These are not ordinary gunfighters. They are not in it for the "glory". They just kind of drifted into it after the civil war. Now, John Wayne and his group find themselves working for a woman, Ann Margaret. She says that her dead husband once robbed a train of half a million dollars. The money was lost and she knows the location. She wants to recover it so that she can turn it in to raise the stigma from her son. She intends to pay the gunfighters with the reward money for turning in the gold.

The would-be rescuers of stolen gold have some problems. They have to track down the train and they are in turn being tracked by a lot of bad guys who want to steal the gold.

John Wayne handles the situation with his typical character. He is honest and protective of those who are with him. He has his own moral code and will not be swayed from it. He would rather do things the hard way if that means maintaining his ideals.

His biggest challenge comes from Ann Margaret. She is strong willed but sweet. Everyone likes her and wants to protect her. They are even willing to give up their share of the reward to help her. She's got them wrapped around her little finger.

Its fun and action packed but it is not his best. Still, watching Ann is lots of fun.
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I would considered Train Robbers to be one of John Wayne's underrated western movies he have made during his post True Grit era. While its not as good as some of his earlier ones, it probably the best one he made between True Grit and the Shootist (next to Rio Lobo). The Train Robbers seem to be a throw back to John Wayne's older westerns. The story developed slowly but with a purpose as the characters get ironed out. Ann-Margaret plays widow trying to restored family honor by getting the half million dollars worth of gold back to the train company from which her husband stole it from. John Wayne and his gang tries to helped but the usual bad guys, the late husband's gang gets into the way. Its an adventure all the way.

John Wayne does his usual entertaining self but he is superbly supported by Rod Taylor and especially Ben Johnson. It was also a pleasure to watch Christopher George as well before his illness took his life prematurely. Key element of any John Wayne movie was his interactions with his co-stars and they all blended in perfectly. The humor was good and some of the one liners proves to be classic. Ann-Margaret does quite well but she sounds little phoney from the beginning and that was bit of a give away as we reached to the end of the movie. At least for me, the ending didn't surprised me as much as it did for some people.

The movie weaknesses lies in the fact that John Wayne and his gang seem to be just too goody two shoes to be true. The bad guys were just props in the movie and their job was to get shot. They don't seem to be very smart bad guys either. Making banzai charges seem to be a trademark tactics to make the good guys victorious. Bobby Vinton and Jerry Gatlin were virtually wasted in their roles.
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The 1973 film "The Train Robbers" is arguably John Wayne's greatest twilight western, a superbly produced package with great casting, a crackerjack story and one of Dominic Frontiere's most underrated musical scores. I love this movie and with each repeated viewing never wince. There's no maudlin Billy the Kid ballads, no major roles miscast with non-actors, and even a respectable nod towards character development and motivation. "The Train Robbers" is well-crafted, ultimately playing out as a clean tribute to veteran soldiers riding the trail for perhaps the final time.

Wayne made so many films with such unusual consistency. It's difficult to downgrade his work because even when the script and direction were poor, there was his presence, an enormous icon with unparalleled likability. When discussing his beloved "twilight westerns," roughly the mid-1960s to the end of his career, fans become incensed if you remotely critique them. Here's the rub. Starting with "The Sons of Katie Elder" and marching to his famous swan song The Shootist, the majority of those films were average at best. With the exception of El Dorado and True Grit (Special Collector's Edition), most of his films during this span were not very good. I have always thought The Cowboys could have been a true classic if not for its radically uneven story, abruptly shifting gears when Bruce Dern strolls to the campfire.
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