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The Cowboy Way
The Cowboy Way
Actors: Woody Harrelson, Kiefer Sutherland, Dylan McDermott, Ernie Hudson, Cara Buono
Director: Gregg Champion
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy
PG-13     1998     1hr 42min

Two rodeo pals from way out west take a bite out of the big apple in this hilarious bronco-bucking comedy. Studio: Uni Dist Corp. (mca) Release Date: 06/01/2004 Starring: Woody Harrelson Keiger Sutherland Run time: 102...  more »

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Actors: Woody Harrelson, Kiefer Sutherland, Dylan McDermott, Ernie Hudson, Cara Buono
Director: Gregg Champion
Creators: Dean Semler, Brian Grazer, G. Mac Brown, Karen Kehela, William D. Wittliff, Robert C. Thompson
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy
Studio: Universal Studios
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 11/17/1998
Original Release Date: 06/03/1994
Theatrical Release Date: 06/03/1994
Release Year: 1998
Run Time: 1hr 42min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, Spanish, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish

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Member Movie Reviews

Sharon F. (Shar) from HIALEAH, FL
Reviewed on 8/14/2021...
Reminded me of the Rhinestone Cowboy. Loved seeing a young Woody Harrelson and Kiefer Sutherland acting like "dumb" cowboys in the city. Great entertainment.
Laurie H. from PRATTVILLE, AL
Reviewed on 4/17/2011...
Giving this movie a 10...It was a great one
0 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Ellen F. from LEBANON, TN
Reviewed on 8/10/2010...
A good time funny movie about how far friends will go for someone.
Al V. (Bigal) from HOOVER, AL
Reviewed on 9/4/2009...
Worth a look. I don't think this is one you'll put in your top ten, or even top 100 movies...but it takes the old...wild west guy goes to New York and has a little fun with it. Think McLeod TV series in the 1970's?.60's? Harrelson is good as the funny guy. Sutherland okay as straight man. Ernie Hudson is solid as sympathetic cop.

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Oh, Just Knock Its Horns Off, Wipe Its Nasty A$$, and Chunk
Caesar M. Warrington | Lansdowne, PA United States | 02/25/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"To put it straight and simple, COWBOY WAY is a fun filled couple of hours with some real men tearing up New York City.

Sonny (Kiefer Sutherland) and Pepper (Woody Harrelson) are a couple of New Mexico cowpokes looking for their friend Nacho, after he up and left to get his daughter out a New York sweatshop. When the cowboys find out that Nacho's been killed by the lowlife (Dylan McDermott) running a racket smuggling young girls like Nacho's daughter into the US to work as slave labor in his rag factories, they're ready to open up an econo-sized can of whupass on the dude, his crew and anybody else who gets in their way.

Sutherland plays it level-headed and cool to Harrelson's hilarious cocky redneck in the big city, and together they make a fine pair.

Highlights in this movie include Harrelson wearing Sutherland's ears out during the ride to New York. The scene with them ordering dinner at a five-star hotel will also leave many of you fellas rolling on the floor with laughter. Nothing, however, beats the scene with Harrelson showing up at a fashionista soiree, encountering high end floozies and a couple of Euroqueen designers cruising to get him out of his longjohns.

Considering that the saw's of torture porn continue buzzing away in dank and dismal hostels, while we are treated to yet another cinematic rendition of redacted defeatism playing out in the Valley of Elah, I've been appreciating my DVD player and movies like the COWBOY WAY here lately. What's more, here's an idea for a sequel to this movie that I'm offering to Hollywood free of charge, something that also fits into its fixation for politcal messages and its self-delusion of being duty bound to preach to the masses as well:

--Sonny and Pepper find out that their friend Ibrahim, who runs a string of concession stands selling falafel and kebabs on the rodeo circuit, has gone off in search of his son Omar, who he believes was absconded by the CIA to Egypt. After following their buddy to Cairo, the good ol' boys kick up some sand in between checking out the national bellydance championship finals.

(Now don't that sound nice?)"
A classic theme reworked
Chrijeff | Scranton, PA | 10/26/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"It's rather more violent than "Crocodile Dundee" or Tom Selleck's early effort "Concrete Cowboys," but "The Cowboy Way" reminds me of both. Once again, the chief thrust is incongruity--the country boys in the Big City, coping with its traps and perils in their own distinct style. And while I'm not a fan of either Harrelson (who plays the womanizing Pepper Lewis) or Sutherland (his steadier, more focused lifetime buddy Sonny Gilstrap), I enjoyed the way they brought their characters to life. What's more, there's an element of inter-hero conflict in the bitter estrangement that has stood between them ever since Pepper failed to show up for a regional event and they had to forfeit their chance at the prize money that would have been "a down payment on [Sonny's] ranch." Besides a very nasty villain and a more avuncular, almost sympathetic one (who is ultimately shot by his young protege), the peripheral characters include the black mounted cop Sam, who plays a major part in the resolution of the case. The scriptwriters reveal the depths of the two protagonists gradually and skilfully, culminating in Pepper's unexpectedly creative means of ransoming the treasured New Mexico State Champion buckle Sonny has pawned to arm them. This is ultimately a story about friendship, loyalty, forgiveness, and courage, and as such it appeals on a very basic level. It may never be called a "classic," but it's definitely worth a look."
cahokia | 12/01/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Do you like a tried and true format like the American Western with some interesting twists for the changing times, and two really likeable cow pokes in the big bad city where they, of course, take it by the tail and rope it?Hey,this is a funny, funny and totally enjoyable treatment of the genre and you're in the right place for an excellent modern cowboy story. How can you help but love a cowboy? The story and acting are superior without the touch of snobbery from taking yourself too seriously. Ride this one right to the end for great laughs and imaginative situations.This movie also proves you don't need much of anything gratutious to make it enjoyable for the younger set and the ancient ones, like myself..."