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The Train Robbers (1973)




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Director Burt Kennedy lends a gentle giddyap to this soft-hearted John Wayne western. The plot concerns Lane (Wayne) and an assortment of old-time buddies -- including Jesse (Ben Johnson) and Grady (Rod Taylor) -- to help Mrs. Lilly Lowe (Ann-Margret). It seems that some time in the past, her deceased husband had stolen half a million dollars in gold and buried it in the Mexican desert, and only she knows where it's been hidden. Lane and his friends don't want the gold, but the reward money for its return. Lilly wants the gold found so that she can clear her good name. But, unfortunately, the Good Samaritans find themselves menaced by a viscous outlaw band and a cool-headed Pinkerton man (Ricardo Montalban).more
Rating: PG
Genre: Western, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Burt Kennedy
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On DVD: May 3, 2005


as Mrs. Lowe
Bobby Vinton
as Ben Young
Jerry Gatlin
as Sam Turner
Ricardo Montalban
as Pinkerton Man
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Critic Reviews for The Train Robbers

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

One of John Wayne's last films (he died in 1979) is also one of his weakest, a tired and tiresome Western for which he is way too old.

Full Review… | March 24, 2011

How can the author of this piece of shit be the same guy who wrote Seven Men From Now and Comanche Station?

Full Review… | January 6, 2010
Film Freak Central

Audience Reviews for The Train Robbers

Very formulatic and average in terms of plot, but it doesn't really matter when John Wayne's in it. This is actually a very fun movie and extremely watchable. While it's not fantastic or one of The Duke's best, it's a solid entry in his film career and harmless in nature. You really can't go that wrong with John Wayne if you're a fan of his.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer


This is a rollicking caper from writer/director Burt Kennedy, a specialist in Westerns with a comic touch. Here he sets a mood of amiable adventure among colourful characters, not stinting on the two-fisted action that's part of all the best John Wayne Westerns.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer


The Train Robbers is a very good John Wayne western. This is the standard John Wayne and a group of buddies involved in some ordeal, with some good action scenes and great shots of the west. For those who are big fans of the Duke, you'll like this picture and add it to your library of solid John Wayne pictures. For those who are not big Duke fans, they will never get it and that's why they rate this movie poorly. What's unique about this particular "John Wayne and a group of buddies" film is that it's a bit quirky and has a different look to it than the other films in this genre. Read Roger Ebert's review for a better sense of what I am referring to.

Rocky S.
Rocky Sullivan

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