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Wooly Boys


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  • Actors: Peter Fonda, Kris Kristofferson, Joseph Mazzello, Keith Carradine, Robin Dearden
  • Directors: Leszek Burzynski
  • Writers: Annie DeYoung, Ed Hansen, George 'Buck' Flower, Glen Stephens, Max Enscoe
  • Producers: Buffie Stone, Elke Weiss
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: April 26, 2005
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007N19XM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,268 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Wooly Boys" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Peter Fonda, Kris Kristofferson, Keith Carradine, Joe Mazzello. A slick city kid visits his crusty sheep-ranching grandfather for the first time in nine years during a trip to the desolate Badlands in North Dakota, and the two learn they can both learn a lot from each other despite their vast differences. 2001/color/99 min/PG.

Customer Reviews

It's the kind of movie you can just relax and watch.
Reader 7
Along the way, Charles finally realizes the beauty of nature and learns to have a great time, and in the end, becomes a 'wooly boy.'
MovieLover
I tend to like movies which really make a person think afterward.
Katherine V. Garrett

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By MovieLover on August 8, 2005
Format: DVD
I thought this film was very great, I picked a copy up from the store because of Joseph Mazzello, I already knew the film would be good because he was in it considering hes always starring in 4 or 5 star worthy films. The film had a great cast, there were many funny parts, especially at the beginning when Charles (Mazzello) is "kidnapped" by his grandfather and friend Chuck, the whole ride over is really funny and most of the comedy comes from the driver who was forced to drive them. The scenery was great and I would expect that considering the film was filmed at the location the movie is supposed to take place at, North Dakota. Many people compare the film to SecondHand Lions saying that it just copy'd the film but they fail to realize that SecondHand Lions actually came out AFTER this film, Wooly Boys was originally released in theaters for a limited release in 2001 but finally arived on DVD right now in 2005. SecondHand Lions came out in 2004, three years after Wooly Boys, so that really annoys me, SecondHand Lions was also a great film though. Pick up a copy, you probably won't be dissapointed.

The general plot outline is about a young man, in his late teens, Charles (Joseph Mazzello who stars in Jurassic Park and Simon Birch), Charles is all about the city and wouldn't have it any other way but when his grandfather gets tricked into going to the hospital to get a checkup on a sickness he has, his grandfathers friend, Chuck, comes to take him out, and after succeeding, take Charles along with them to there ranch out in North Dakota. Along the way, Charles finally realizes the beauty of nature and learns to have a great time, and in the end, becomes a 'wooly boy.'

The film is very heartwarming and in the end, turns into a sad, but funny tale that makes you want to go out and travel into the world of nature and adventure.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By R. Kyle TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 24, 2006
Format: DVD
Sort of a cross between "Second Hand Lions" (but better) and "Thelma and Louise." Peter Fonda is an aging sheep-rancher who's dying. He's not had contact with his daughter or grandson since his wife died in a tragic accident falling off a horse. He's tricked into coming into the city to check up on his daughter only to discover that they've set him up for a physical eval. The doctors discover an aneurism.

Kristofferson shows up to liberate his boss from the hospital. In the melee, Fonda's young grandson comes along for a wild ride that starts with stealing a hearse and ends with an FBI chase.

This is a great film, a lot of honest laughs, and a lot of hard tears. Dakota, the sheepherding horse, was one of the funniest characters in the film. "Wooly Boys" is definitely a film I would view more than once and I am contemplating adding it to my collection.

If you enjoy the old style Westerns with a lot of humor and heart, this is definitely a film you should consider watching.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kate on November 2, 2005
Format: DVD
Originally I rented this movie with the intent to provide my husband with a movie that he'd probably enjoy watching. Something other than a "chick flick."

I wasn't expecting that I would enjoy this movie much but to my pleasant suprise, found myself thinking that this is a movie worthy to be in a dvd collection. I would consider this movie a cross between a comedy and drama (issues of life, death and relationships) but definately more on the side of comedy.

As for the comical aspects, I would think this type of comedy would appeal more to the down-to-earth individual, who has an understanding of and appreciation for this kind of life (rural) and the people within these types of communities.

As a side-note, I think this movie will also appeal to law enforcement. Particularly those who work in similiar, rural communities.

Definately a movie that I felt "right at home" watching. I, for one, wish there were movies out there- just like this one. Here's hoping for a Wooly Boys II! ;-)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D on August 17, 2005
Format: DVD
I think this movie was good for the family. It's annoying how people try to pull apart a movie from their own narrow view. For goodness sake don't disect movies, try to enjoy the movie as a regular human would!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By coinman on June 12, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
This movie is great. The back description does not give it much credit. It is absolutely hilarious. The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is because a few scenes are rather corny and ridiculous. Other than that, it is one of the best movies I have seen in the last while. I would definitely recommend this movie. Watch and enjoy it with a laugh.
And by the way, if you watch it, pay attention at the end. The very last line will just crack you up. I won't ruin it for you partly because part of it might be a bit confusing without having seen seen the whole movie. Enjoy.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Justin J. Andrist on January 12, 2006
Format: DVD
Wooly Boys is a straighforward aw shucks western that tells a simple, but compelling story. Similiar in plot to Secondhand Lions - this is a much better movie.

Though sometimes corny in its dialogue, Wooly Boys hits the mark. The movie is easy to watch, beautifully serene in its look and attitude but never boring.

This movie is a fun movie that you don't have to think too hard about. Sit back with some popcorn and enjoy enjoy with the whole family.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. (Harry) Hernandez VINE VOICE on February 20, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
WOOLLY BOYS (2001) ~ It is my pleasure to get to review a film I got to see new, because I missed so many excellent films from 2000 and 2001 ~ certainly I missed what I call "the cinematic passing of the torch" from 2001-2002. Actually this 2001 film only suffered two shameless rip-off films: the truly miserable Secondhand Lions and the much better Robert Redford film An Unfinished Life.

Here we have a gangly Joseph Mazzello playing a spoilt teen who goes off to see his grandfather ~ the crusy Peter Fonda in the best role I've seen him play since his Oscar-winning Ulee's Gold (see my review). His sidekick is the even crustier Kris Kristofferson, who is damned good here.

These boys are sheep farmers (hence "wooly boys" as they are known). Before the summer is out, little spoiled city-slicker Joseph Mazzello will know what it is to love and live, chasing sheep on horseback and getting to know his grandfather, whom he also realizes he resembles in personality.

This is a fine family film, beautifully acted and not so heavy on the emotions. Kristofferson has some hilarious scenes, which is one reason he survives, deservedly, in the Hollyweird atmosphere. Get it and love it, and forget about anything similar you may encounter.
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