The Train Robbers (1973)
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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