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Where Is The Cowboys Filmed? Locations & Highlights

The Cowboys Filming Locations
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“The Cowboys” has been one of the classics from the 90s. Even after all these years, the movie remains one of the best movies ever made on the culture of ranchers. Based on the novel of the same name, written by William Dale Jennings. The Cowboys follow a rancher, who decides to leave everything behind and goes on to teach the values to young boys. Creating an adventure of his own. Directed by Mark Rydell, who has worked on some great movies in his directing career, The Cowboys still leaves the mark on the hearts of its fanbase. Here is the list of locations where the filming of The Cowboys took place.

The movie revolves around William ‘Wil’ Andersen, a rancher who is getting old day by day, living in deserted Bozeman, Montana. As he looks for volunteers to help him setting up his ranch, he decides to help the kids for life. He starts with testing the boys’ ability to stay on a bucking horse. Moving on, giving them work to prepare for the cattle drive. As Jebediah “Jeb” Nightlinger, a camp cook joins in with a chuck wagon, Anderson finalises his trail members and prepares everyone for the drive. And when the time comes, the group leaves for the adventure. But as the gang of cattle rustlers led by Watts starts approaching them in the middle of the drive. The gang fight breaks in.

The Cowboys Filming Locations

A still from “The Cowboys.”

The fights result in the death of Anderson. On his death bed, he tells the boys with his last breaths how proud he is of all of them. As all of them vows to finish the trail to make him proud. Overcoming everything, they complete the drive to Belle Fourche and sell the cattle. Using the money they earned to pay a stonemason. They carve a marker with Andersen’s name and the legend “Beloved Husband and Father.”

The Cast of The Cowboys: The People Who Put Their Life In It!!

The Cowboys has some of the greatest actors as the cast members of the film. Late actor John Wayne, who has been a big name in the industry. For movies like The Big Trail, The Range Feud, The Shadow of the Eagle, and a lot more. Taking the lead, he plays the role of  Wil Anderson. Another notable actor is the late actor Roscoe Lee Browne. Who is known for movies like Black Like Me, The World’s Greatest Athlete, and Logan’s Run. He took up the prominent role of Jebediah Nightlinger.

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Another name being Bruce Dern, known for being one of the greatest villains. From movies like popular films such as The King of Marvin Gardens and Black Sunday. Last year, Bruce made a comeback with the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. In The Cowboys, he played the role of Asa Watts. A famous theater artist turned film actor, Colleen Dewhurst, was also in the movie. Playing the role of Kate Collingwood. Winning two Tony Awards and four Emmy Awards in her career, she was known for films like Man on a String, A Fine Madness, and The Last Run.

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Laramie Street, Warner Bros Studios, California

Everything About The Filming Locations Of “The Cowboys”

The locations where the filming of The Cowboys took place plays a major role in setting the story of the film. The film is based in the south of the United States. Although the movie is set in the city of Bozeman, Montana. The original locations are Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado. Including the Warner Bros’ Studio in California. The town shown in the movie is Castle Rock, Colorado. As of now, it is one of the most populous municipality of Douglas County. Colorado’s Buckskin Joe Frontier Town & Railway and the hot springs of Pagosa Springs were also a great view in the scenery.

Moving to Arizona, a few places from Santa Cruz County like Sonoita, Hereford, and Elgin were included in the scenery. Especially the Empire Ranch that is located in Sonoita and the Coconino National Forest. Moving from the border city of Durango to New Mexico, we move to the Chama village in Rio Arriba County. We also go through Galisteo, the San Cristobal Ranch, Bonanza Creek Ranch, and the Bonanza Creek Ranch. Moving back into the Warner Boulevard in Burbank, California, we go through Laramie Street, Stage 12, Stage 18, and Stage 19.

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