Cowboy Movies

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  1. cover2

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    With some time to sit and think while awaiting Irma's arrival, I got to thinking about modern cinema. I don't keep up with a lot of the movies nowadays and I guess it's because there's not much in the way of my favorites, that is, westerns. I find myself watching a lot of older ones to satiate my need for a time when men were seemingly a little tougher, loved only women, and wouldn't accept poor behavior from others.

    I'm interested to see who else enjoys these older movies and why you like them along with which ones are favorites and which stars you liked best or identified with. Quite obviously, the Duke was my guy. Bigger than life, always on the right side and stood up for what he believed. He also enjoyed a good time that included some handsome women and pulling the cork! My top five of his movies are:
    1. True Grit
    2. McLintock!
    3. The Shootist
    4. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence
    5. Big Jake
    Probably my favorite dialogue sequence in any movie was from True Grit when Rooster told Lucky Ned Pepper (Robert Duvall, another favorite), in response to his query as to what Rooster's intentions were:

    "I aim to kill you in one minute, Ned, or take you back to Ft. Smith to be hanged at Judge Parker's convenience. Which'll it be?!"

    I also like some of Clint Eastwood's pictures as well as Tombstone. 'Josey Wales' and 'Doc Holiday' were both very quotable as well:

    "Buzzards got to eat, same as the worm!"

    "I'm your huckleberry!" and "Why...Johnny Ringo. You look like somebody just danced over your grave!"

    Cowboy movies used to appeal to the man in all of us. I don't know that there's that same level of desire now. Instead of cap guns and holsters for birthdays, boys seem to be getting transformers, $200 sneakers, and in some cases, girl dolls to help them get in touch with their feminine side! Now, it's ok for boys to have dolls, so long as it's G.I. Joe or Johnny West, and part of the play involves them beating the hell out of their sister's Ken and ravishing her Barbies! Alright, I'm digressing now, but please feel free to share where the Cowboys are concerned!
     
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      Were you like Steven Spielberg as a kid and filmed your own staged scenes? If so, please post the GI Joe ravishing Barbie episode.

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        My two favorite John Wayne movies are The Cowboys and Rio Bravo. The Searchers was pretty good, too. He's done so many good ones, it's hard to pick just one or two.
        My top 10 westerns not starring John Wayne:
        1...Hombre
        2...The Outlaw Josey Wales
        3...Shane
        4...Butch Cassidy and th Sundance Kid
        5...Tombstone
        6...High Noon
        7...The Good the Bad and the Ugly
        8...Once Upon a Time in the West
        9...The Wild Bunch
        10..Will Penny
         
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          Unfortunately, I had no immediate access to the technology needed. However, I can tell you that Barbie needed to be dressed, clean, and ready when G.I. Joe got a weekend pass. On a somewhat related note, I had a cousin who had one of the old Bell and Howell movie cameras and I believe the footage exists from a short movie we made. Not local porn by any means, but he was into the super heroes and wanted to make a clip about the Incredible Hulk (based on the old TV series with Lou Ferrigno as the green giant). I was mid to late teens and working out for football, so I got to be the Hulk, with cut-off dungarees and some green food coloring. My cousin, four years younger, was the bad guy. His sister was the cinematographer. The scene had him breaking into the house (faux bank) and stealing a bag of Monopoly money. As he was making his getaway, the Hulk came in to thwart the robbery. I guess I got caught up in the moment, went off-script and free-lanced, picking him up and throwing him down in the driveway. Of course, he started crying and the scene was concluded. I wound up getting my @ss beat and a promising career in action/adventure movies was derailed. Bout as close as I ever came to Spielberg.

          Man, you've got some good ones listed! Just watched Butch Cassidy the other evening. Classic with a great soundtrack by Burt Bacharach. The Wild Bunch and Will Penny are two good ones. I was a Steve McQueen fan, too, so I'd have to give some recognition to Nevada Smith. One fairly recent one I enjoyed was the remake of 3:10 to Yuma with Russel Crowe.

          I know the Direct TV will be down, but I hope we keep power so we can at least watch some of the Oldies.
           
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            I like them and the lists include most of my favorites. We don't get them today because somewhat they cost a lot to make and younger people like other things. How about a Lego movie western for example.
             
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            I enjoyed the remake of 3:10 to Yuma as much or more than the original. I also thought Bridges did a kick ass job in the True Grit remake. I was pleasantly surprised with how good it was.
            Not sure if it's technically considered a western, but No Country for Old Men was a damn good flick.
             
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              Careful Chief...I've never given a "Dislike'" but this came close! :grin:

              I enjoyed Jeff Bridges in the role as well. When I first saw the preview, I was afraid he might be "The Dude" on horseback, but I was pleasantly surprised at his portrayal. The little lady who played Mattie Ross wasn't bad either, though she wasn't as exuberant as Kim Darby was when trying to get them to join her in a rendition of "The Midnight Caller!"

              I enjoyed the Yuma remake better than the original as well and rarely do I say that. No Country for Old Men was a favorite of mine as well. I guess technically not a Western, there were plenty of cowboy boots and hats and Tommy Lee Jones even rode a horse, so there was an effort in that direction. No cows, however, even though the bad guy used that punch that they used in slaughter houses to kill them!

              Quiz for you...without Googling, name the three movies the Duke died in from those he was the star.
               
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              The Cowboys, The Sands of Iwo Jima and....The Shootist?
               
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                Bingo! :bananadance2: :fistbump::fistbump::fistbump::fistbump::fistbump::fistbump::fistbump::fistbump::fistbump:This deserves an award of some kind. :fistbump::pumper:
                 
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                  Well the suggestion was meant to be somewhat humor. It seems like they make a Lego movie about anything and it would be cheap at least.

                  Thanks for giving me a break.
                   
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                  No problem, Chief. I knew your intent, but was just having a little sport with you! I agree that there seems to be a new Lego movie of some sort coming out every time you turn around. I guess I'd be alright with a Lego western, but I'd have to draw the line if the ever started doing Lego porn. But with all that Japanese animated erotica that's popular among the younger set, who knows? And BTW, I never give "Dislikes;" usually if I disagree with the contents of a post, I'll quote and leave a rebuttal. Less mystery that way and I don't mind anyone knowing where I stand.

                  A little something to think about where the Cowboy movies are concerned...who were the best villains? Giving you three right off the top of my head would be Bruce Dern (Asah Watts, The Cowboys), Lee Marvin (Liberty Valence, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence), and Powers Booth (Curly Bill Brocious, Tombstone).
                   
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                    Now this is my kind of thread. Oh, where to start? C2 I know you are looking for a list of movies that were made for the big screen but to me, all Westerns begin and end with Lonesome Dove.
                    My early years did not consist of the games and toys available to the youth of today. Instead my friends and i were left to find our hero's in the movies, mostly the westerns we watched. So i guess ill make my list out by the characters name.

                    1. Call/McCrae
                    2. Jake
                    3. Will
                    3. Ethan
                    4. Josey
                    5. Blonde

                    True western afiacandos will recognize the names. Times change for sure but our childhood hero's usually dont.
                     
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                      we didnt have sisters so no dolls..........But a cousin made us play Mystery Date once.........
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                        I saw that movie in Miami with my friends family (the original True GRit) when it came out.. I want to see No Country for Old Men one day. I hear it is pretty violent so the kids need to be out. I like all those listed but the Eastwood movie with Hackman (Unforgiven) ranks up there...........
                         
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                          Glad you joined in! Lonesome Dove was a favorite of mine, as well and is a part of my western video library. Augustus was a favorite and I'd have to say Blue Duck ranks up there on the bad guy list. I definitely recognize your characters. Spent a lot of time watching whatever western was on. I mentioned earlier that I was a McQueen fan, so I have to mention him in the serial Wanted Dead or Alive where he played the bounty hunter Josh Randall. But as far as TV Cowboys go, they begin and end for me with Matt Dillon (Gunsmoke). He's probably 1-A on my list behind the Duke.


                          I saw the original True Grit at the old Leaf Theater in my hometown of Quincy when it came out. Mom tried to cover my ears when the Duke bellowed out " Fill your hand, you sonovab!tches! " But I heard anyway and that line was tossed about on the playground afterward! Unforgiven was a good one, too. Little Bill has to be on the top bad guy list. Favorite line was after Clint (Will Munney) shot Skinny, the Whoar House proprietar. Little Bill yelled "You cowardly SOB...you just shot an unarmed man! To which Will replied "Well, he should have armed himself!" This kind of movie and the dialogue never get old to me.

                          Now, about that Mystery Date with the cousins :eek3:...that wasn't on a vacation trip to Tenessee, was it?! :)
                           
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                          I got so caught up in my list I forgot to add my favorite epilogue, well here goes.
                          As many great line as there are in Lonsome Dove my all time favorite comes from Big Jake.
                          As he was showering in a bath house Jake is confronted by a bandit who had been following his party hoping for the chance to steal the money they carrying.
                          While aiming his gun at, and ready to shoot Jake the bandit says "well no hard feelings mister" to which Jake responds, after cutting him down with his trusty shotgun from inside and through the shower door, " the hell there aint!"
                           
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                            I agree about that quote. As good as any ever in a western, Mystery date was in Lakeland Fla in the mid sixties. She was a year younger than I. I mostly had girl cousins my age. We played in her moms formal living room. It had the piano in there where I discovered I could play by ear. That girl grew up to teach elem. school in Polk County over 35 years (still at it I think).
                             
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                              Great Books then my wife said IT IS a movie
                               
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                              Big Jake...another good one! Always loved the scene you referenced. Another couple of memorable scenes were when Jim Davis was going to hang the sheep herder, and Big Jake and Dawg made other arrangements! Davis' character asked "Mister, just who in the hell do you think you are?" Jake replies "Jacob McCandles." "Oh, l thought you were dead!" "Not hardly!" The other was when the Duke's own son, playing James McCandles, kept calling Big Jake "Daddy!" Jake tells him "Since you haven't learned to respect your elders, maybe you'll respect your betters!" and then proceeds to throw him off his horse into the mud! Richard Boone played a great villain in Big Jake and was also one in The Shootist. Again, one of my many favorites starring the Duke.

                              A couple you don't see as much are The Undefeated, which had old LA Rams players Roman Gabriel and Merlin Olson as part of the cast and The Train Robbers.
                               
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