The Rare Breed (1966)

The Rare Breed


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Andrew V. McLaglen directs the Western drama The Rare Breed, based on the real-life introduction of English Hereford cattle to the American West in the 1880s. Maureen O'Hara plays Martha Price, an widowed Englishwoman who convinces rancher Alexander Bowen (Brian Keith) to use her new cattle breed. James Stewart stars as ranch hand Sam Burnett, a rambler who agrees to take the rare bull to Texas in order to breed it with the longhorns. He also accepts a bribe along the way from the lawless Taylor … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Ric Hardman, Rick Hardman
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 6, 2003



as Sam Burnett

as Martha Evans

as Alexander Bowen

as Hilary Price

as Jamie Bowen

as Charles Ellsworth

as Deke Simons

as Jeff Harter

as Ed Mabry

as Alberto

as Cattle Buyer

as Rodenbush

as Stunt player

as Cattle Buyer

as Esteban

as Sagamon

as Stunt player

as Stunt player

as Liveryman

as Auctioneer

as Stunt player

as Auctioneer
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Critic Reviews for The Rare Breed

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 10, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Unconvincing studio sets and uninspired direction don't help in lifting this above other bloated, awkward studio productions of the period.

Full Review… | July 7, 2008

Banal and lifeless.

Full Review… | November 12, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Colorful but soft-edged Stewart western about cattle breedin'.

December 27, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Audience Reviews for The Rare Breed


Average western with Brian Keith giving a ridiculously over the top performance in what must be the worst red wig ever seen in a movie. Otherwise the stars turn in their usual professional jobs but there is nothing out of the ordinary here.

jay nixon

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