John Wayne is Wil Andersen, an aging rancher who can’t find local cowboys to run his cattle drive. His solution: Hire schoolboys, who will be forced to become men fast when they’re attacked by a cattle-rustling gang.
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In my opinion, this is an incredibly underrated western! John Wayne has become something of a mythic or legendary figure to a lot of people. In a lot of ways we revere and worship him the same way that these young boys do. This movie plays with that idea. In this film we see Wayne bruised and battered. This once mythic figure turns out to be just an ordinary man. In a lot of ways this is John Wayne's Gran Torino!