Monday, September 1, 2008

John Wayne Classic

Only the best Western movie ever made in the history of mankind... recently I convinced Sara to watch the movie "The Cowboys". She reticently agreed. My Dad was a big fan of Westerns so I saw a lot in my childhood. It is a genre I pretty much skip over these days because I saw too many when I was young.. that and Hawaii Five-0 episodes. But for some reason I've always wanted to watch this movie again... just to see if it was as good I remembered it.

Now this is a dangerous proposition because when I return to a movie I loved in my childhood there is always a chance that I will hate it the second time around... and suddenly that is one less memory I have to reminisce.

But if you take it for what it is... "The Cowboys" is the ultimate Western flick. It has classic frog in the classroom scene, it has the vintage Nigro... so politically incorrect, it has the stubborn man, it has death, it has a wild horse's spirit being broken, a very romantic display, it has prostitutes, vengeance... and everything romantic about Cowboys you could imagine has been packed into this short 120 minute movie... it is quite amazingly. Definitely, left me feeling like I didn't need to see another Western for the next ten years... but most definitely worth it... just remember to see it for what it is... and absorbed it... but don't be too disappointed if there are not any Indians.

Also, please check out my top ten movie list... I am thinking of putting "The Cowboys" on there.


  1. I remember that film as a kid too. My dad loved it and as I wanted to be just like him, I did too. I think the last time I saw it was at least 15 years ago. It is a very good film.

  2. Now you have me wanting to watch it and I would not say I am the biggest western movie person. I like old movies too. I am glad it wasn't a disappointment. I love that you two have Netflicks and are always watching different types of movies!!!

  3. I was surprised at how much I liked this movie. I should know better by now though, because every movie you have me watch I end up liking. You've got impecable taste :).

  4. hi guys! i found your blog through meridy.

    i'm adding this movie to our queue.

    i heart cowboys.

    sounds like you're not interested in any more westerns, but i saw "silverado" 15 years ago & really like it...