The Train Robbers

1973

Action / Comedy / Romance / Western

11
IMDb Rating 6.5 10 4367

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John Wayne as Lane
Ann-Margret as Mrs. Lowe
Ricardo Montalban as The Pinkerton Man
Rod Taylor as Grady
720p.BLU
755.25 MB
1280*720
English
NR
23.976 fps
1hr 32 min
P/S 1 / 7

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Reviewed by Michael Morrison 10 / 10

"Minor"? -- but still great

Often brushed off as less than John Wayne's greatest, "The Train Robbers" has one of the best casts of the era, has some of the most gorgeous scenery, has some excellent dialogue, has some thoroughly admirable characters. and has more action than one could expect, or perhaps should expect, in its hour-and-a-half running time.

John Wayne was perfectly cast as an honorable and brave man, and a good man, knowing he was getting old and realizing he could be crotchety -- somewhat of a running theme throughout, with the Ben Johnson and Rod Taylor characters also ruing the advancing years.

(Where the Rod Taylor character tells the Ben Johnson character "Don't get old," I had a particular laugh because I must tell others that very thing at least once a day!)

Jerry Gatlin was a very pleasant surprise. I don't believe I had noticed him before, and more often he is a stunt man, a breed I have unlimited admiration for; but in "The Train Robbers" he has a strong part. Watch him in his close-ups: He is a by gosh actor, strong but under-playing like the greats. This is an excellent performance!

Bobby Vinton was one of the teen idols, or former teen idols, frequently popping up in John Wayne films, but his performance in this probably surpasses any of the others. Watching him in "The Train Robbers" all I can say is "Wow. He should have many more acting parts." Just a superb performance here.

Chris George, here "Christopher George," is another I think should be much more highly regarded and remembered. He was another superlative actor and his 57 credits is far too few for a man of his talent. (I was once kissed by his gorgeous and also talented actress wife, Lynda Day George, but I had admired him even before that.)

Rod Taylor should have been cast with John Wayne more often. He could carry a movie by himself, with his looks and ability, but he stood tall with the Duke and with that wonderful Ben Johnson, who was one of the greatest characters the movies ever had, even if a time or two he should have turned down the role.

Ann Margret had several good scenes, but her first great one, well, all she had to do was walk outside and stand there, throwing her jacket over her shoulder. She was just perfect for a partner to John Wayne.

Then in one other, when she has joined the men in fighting off the bandits, the silent visual exchange with the John Wayne character is just perfect in the acting and the directing and the photography.

Burt Kennedy has probably never turned in better work, which he also wrote, and wrote well, and his cinematographer Bill Clothier was a perfect partner.

Finally, the music by Dominic Frontiere was also perfect accompaniment to this totally enjoyable movie. A friend, another John Wayne fan, gave me a DVD with "The Train Robbers" and "Tall in the Saddle" and I will be able to watch again and again.

I highly recommend this film.

Reviewed by Richard Dominguez 8 / 10

Just A Great Movie

In My Opinion The Best John Wayne Western I Have Seen ... Wayne Is Excellent As Lane The Leader Of The Group Hired To Help Mrs Lowe ... Fun, Action And Some Quick Fuuny Jokes Make This A Delight To Watch ... John Wayne, Rod Taylor, Ben Johnson, Christopher George, Bobby Vinton (Yes The Teen Idol), Ricardo Montalban And The Ever (It Doesn't Matter What Role She Is In) Classy/Sexy Ann Margret To Name A Few Of The Stars That Make For An Interesting Stew Of Different Styles ... I Have Never Seen This One Before And If You Haven't You Should And If You Have "What Are You Waiting For" Here It Is Again ... The Scenery Is Magnificent To Top It Off ... I Love That You Never See The Bad Guys Closeup (I Thing Because The Movie Isn't About Them) And If You Want To Know Why The Movie Is Called "The Train Robbers" You Have To Wait Till The Last 60 Seconds (Which I Thought Was A Brilliant Touch ...

Reviewed by prionx87 7 / 10

Scene Composition

The shot composition in this film is excellent. The key frames from every scene could easily fill an art museum. This film is worth watching for that alone. Watch this film with the sound off. Wayne and Margaret, the lead actors, do a fine job. Rod Taylor as a cowboy? Sorry, but no. The secondary supporting actors are miscast as well. They would be better suited for urban settings. Ricardo Montalban is underused.

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