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Mark Rydell United States, 1972

Nolan Barth's rating of the film The Cowboys

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!