In one of John Wayne's more interesting late Westerns, The Duke plays Will Anderson, a crusty veteran cattleman preparing a 400-mile drive to get a herd of steers to market. Shortly before the trip is scheduled to begin, Will's crew quits when they get word of a nearby gold strike. With little time and few alternatives, Will recruits eleven boys, ages nine through 13, and teaches them the basics of herding cattle and riding the range. Bruce Dern plays a memorably foul villain and cattle rustler named Long Hair, while Roscoe Lee Browne portrays Jebediah, the cattle drive cook, and Colleen Dewhurst is Kate, a madam.~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide
Director: Mark Rydell
Writer: William Dale Jennings and Irving Ravetch (
Cast: John Wayne, Roscoe Lee Browne, Bruce Dern, Colleen Dewhurst and Alfred Barker Jr.
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