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Cowboy

4.2 out of 5 stars 75 customer reviews

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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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  • Actors: Brian Donlevy, Glenn Ford, Jack Lemmon, Dick York, Anna Kashfi
  • Directors: Delmer Daves
  • 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)
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  • 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000063UQO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,779 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cowboy" on IMDb

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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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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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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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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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Here the great GLENN FORD(Who also starred with Jack Lemmon's wife,Felicia Farr.in.."3:10 TO YUMA"..now gets to star with Jack Lemmon...who(A GREENHORN)comes off very good I feel.He has this beleive..living 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 along...actor,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 adventures..it 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 then..in WIDESCREEN.
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I guess it's my fault for not reading the fine print but if I'd known that this DVD was not the wide-screen presentation of 'Cowboy', I wouldn't have purchased it. It's a fine movie but I've spent a lot of money on my home viewing system so that I can see movies as they were made to be seen...not truncated to fit TVs that basically no longer exist.
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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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All the way through the movie I kept trying to find someone to root for. Initially Glenn Ford's character, Tom Reece, seems like a nice guy, but apparently he's only likeable when he's drunk. Once the trail drive starts he's so unlikeable, we assume Frank Harris (played by Jack Lemmon), the tenderfoot, is whom we're to identify with. Unfortunately, Jack Lemmon as a cowboy on a trail drive just didn't work for me. I kept seeing him as the neurotic guy from "The Apartment." He doesn't get the girl, he doesn't do anything very heroic, and he slowly turns as cold-hearted and unlikeable as Reece, the man he hates.

The theme of the movie is that the code of the West was "Every man for himself." No matter what kind of help the other guy needs, even if he's hurt or might get killed, you look out for Number One. Kind of hard to stand up and cheer for sentiment like that.

I also found the stunt work disappointing. Several fight scenes were done with stunt men who physically just didn't resemble Ford or Lemmon. And then there's the "ringing the bull" scene where the bull has rubber horns. And a particularly distasteful scene where chickens are buried up to their necks and cowboys ride by on horses and try to yank them out of the ground. (I know, I know, it may well be a realistic depiction of something that passed for fun in the Wild West, but it's still disturbing to watch.)

A great movie with a similar but better plot is "Red River" with John Wayne and Montgomery Clift. Or, if you like Glenn Ford, try "3:10 to Yuma"--outstanding Western. "Cowboy" fell flat for me.
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