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The Train Robbers (1973)

A gunhand named Lane is hired by a widow, Mrs. Lowe, to find gold stolen by her husband so that she may return it and start fresh.

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A gunhand named Lane is hired by a widow, Mrs. Lowe, to find gold stolen by her husband so that she may return it and start fresh.

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Cursed gold, a vanished train and a thief's widow. He'd do better walking into hell! See more »


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Rod Taylor said that John Wayne was ill during filming, and had to lay down for a few hours each afternoon. He also said that Wayne was "slightly infirm" and had trouble with his balance on a couple of occasions. See more »

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As the train full of horsemen pulls into the station, there is a brief shot of the back of the stock car and it has steel ends, which was not common practice until the early twentieth century. See more »

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[First scene -- Lane has summoned his gun-toting friends to a rendezvous]
Grady: Alright, what's it all about, Jess?
Jesse: Beats me. All Lane said was meet him here at the train stop. It'd be worth it.
Calhoun: To him or us?
Grady: Oh, what difference does it make? It's something to do, isn't it?
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Edited into Ann-Margret: Från Valsjöbyn till Hollywood (2014) See more »

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Old saddle, old gold
27 April 2007 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

I find The Train Robbers to be a surprisingly under-appreciated western. The more times I see it, the more I appreciate it myself. Sure, the feel and the look may be old-fashioned for its time but I don't care. Kennedy, Wayne and the rest of the group have obviously settled to make a fine basic western romp, not a new-styled masterpiece, and have reached the goal with very satisfying results. There can be seen a few little touches of Leone's 'Once Upon a Time in the West' (the first scene of Ben Johnson waiting at the train station), Siegel's 'Two Mules for Sister Sara' (a sister Sara-type treatment of the female character) or Hill's 'Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid' (the pursuing gang of riders). It also brings to mind Peckinpah's 'Ride the High Country'. But after these slight touches it's always back to the good old' Wayne stuff and I have nothing to complain about that.

With the music underlining heavily the handsome photography makes some highly iconic and beautiful pictures. There are frames that look a lot like classic western paintings. The nature and the people are seen beautifully during the long ride through deserts, rivers and storms. Sometimes it almost feels like watching 'Easy Rider' of the Wayne generation on horses. "Let's go to Mexico."

The action works fine like it always does when these old times film pros have been on the job. The men might be saddle-weary, but still gutsy enough and well worn like good saddle leather. You can tell the experience and good times as well from their voices. There is also a lot of warmth shining out of them, specially from Wayne's side. Ann-Margret has no real competition being the only woman in the picture. Besides "sticking out from the right places" she holds up pretty well especially with Wayne, who easily blew other actors aside with his strong presence on the screen.

With appropriately ironic note to its end the whole raid for the lost gold serves as a very good early seventies western and a decent one in Wayne's canon.


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