Western Movies

Six Forgotten Film Classics

western-movies_ben-johnson_fort-difiance_oklahomaJosh Becker has watched 4,720 movies.

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Train Keeps A’Rollin’

westerns_tv_hell_on_wheels_amc_lily_bell_transcontinental_railroadWhen Joe and Tony Gayton, the brothers responsible for creating Hell on Wheels, pitched their series to cable station AMC, a Western wasn’t necessarily the first thing they had in mind.

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Tributes to Kevin Jarre (1954-2011)

tombstone_tracker_glory_devils-own_kevin-jarre_wyatt-earp_doc-hollidayKevin Jarre was capable of greatness.

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MARY DORIA RUSSELL

mary_doria_russell_author_doc_hbo_tv_bookAuthor of Doc, which Ron Howard will be filming for HBO.

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Roy Rogers Turns 100

roy-rogers_lone-pine-film-festival_ulitmate-collection_days-of-jesse-jamesRoy Rogers would have turned 100 on November 5, 2011.

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Luke Perry on Eastwood

luke_perry_clint_eastwood_tv_western_goodnight_for_justice_hallmark_outlaw_josey_walesLuke Perry has become a major star in a series of TV Westerns that feature Perry as John Goodnight, a 19th-century circuit judge.

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Confronting the Fiddle Player: Did Rex Rideout Make it Out of Cowboys & Aliens Alive?

westerns_rex-rideout_cowboys-aliens_fiddleRex Rideout is a multi-instrumentalist who travels the West with groups of varying sizes, playing historical music from the 19th century.

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Why Did Cowboys & Aliens Fail… Or did it?

harrison_ford_daniel_craig_cowboys_and_aliens_western_movieThe 2011 summer blockbuster film turned out to be one of the biggest disappointments, if you listen to Hollywood.

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The Legend of Hell’s Gate

How often can you find Doc Holliday, Quanah Parker and John Wilkes Booth in the same story?

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REX RIDEOUT

rex_rideout_cowboys_alien_musician_fiddler_music_historianMaking his movie debut as the cowboy fiddler in last year’s Cowboys & Aliens, Rex Rideout is a 19th-century music historian who can often be found performing with Mark Gardner.

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The “Heart” of Cowboys & Aliens

aliens-cowboys_harrison-ford_daniel-craigMars needs cowgirls.

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The Lone Rango

movies_tvs_documentaries_independent_westerns_rangoOne film that touched everyone—from the kiddies to us grizzled veterans—was 2011’s Rango.

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A Screaming Session at Cowboys & Aliens

screaming-session_cowboys-aliens_wihelm-scream-sheb-wooleyI was in Taos, New Mexico, in May 2010 lecturing on Davy Crockett when executive producer Denis Stewart tracked me down.

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Clint The Icon of a Generation

bob_boze_bell_painting_clint_eastwood_cool_actor_iconClint Eastwood is a mystery. He’s been a cowboy, a cop, a National Geographic photojournalist, a clown, a honky-tonk singer, a jazz DJ and a moonlighting hit man who doubled as an art professor. But these are roles.

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Cowboys and Monsters

cowboys-monsters_near-dark_lance-henriksenDecades before Cowboys & Aliens moviegoers watched Billy the Kid vs. Dracula and Haunted Gold, before they saw Daniel Craig take on the Martians, cowboys have fought dinosaurs, ghosts, demons, vampires and even Frankenstein’s daughter.

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Call of the Canyon

author-zane-grey-call-canyon_authntic-settings-filmed-arizonaIn 1906, novelist Zane Grey visited the Arizona Territory for the first time.

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The Cowboy from Quebec

westerns_glen-ford“In all the top 10 lists of great cowboy actors, he’s never there, and it drives me crazy,” says Peter Ford of his father, Glenn.

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Butch is Back!

blackhorn_movie_salt_flats_western_mateo-gil_butch-cassidyWe’ve seen them ride off into the sunset at the end of the story, but what happens when the heroes and outlaws, the men of myth and grand adventure, come back late in life to climb back up on the horse for one last ride?

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The Civil War on the Silver Screen

westerns_john-wayne_rio-loboFor fans of Western movies, the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War kicked off a few months early, when True Grit opened at theaters last December.

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The Tombstone that Might Have Been

tombstone_charlton-heston_henry-hooker_kevin-jarre_wyatt-earp_doc-holidayLong before the 1993 movie Tombstone was produced, the screenplay by Kevin Jarre had gotten the attention of a great many people.

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Home on the Rango

rango_mariachiSince the movie Rango opened nationally in March, the critics have struggled to get a fix on it.

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True West Site Guide

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