The Cowboy Way (1994)

The Cowboy Way (1994)
  • 7854
  • PG-13
  • Genre: Action
  • Release year: 1994 ()
  • Running time: 102 min
  • Original Title: The Cowboy Way
  • Voted: 7854

Buddies Pepper Lewis () and Sonny Gilstrap () who are championship rodeo partners travel to New York to find their missing friend, Nacho Salazar after he disappears in New York City to pick up his daughter, Theresa (). When Pepper and Sonny find that neither is anywhere to be found, they go about the wacky adventure of finding Nacho and Theresa, and in the process, test the foundation of their friendship. Along the way, they find themselves entwined in the inner workings of a New York sweat shop where Theresa has been enslaved after traveling to the U.S.A. from Cuba. Going about doing things in a cowboy way, Pepper and Sonny put their small town skills to the test in a big city kind of way and rescue Theresa from the thugs.

1Woody HarrelsonPepper Lewis
2Kiefer SutherlandSonny Gilstrap
3Dylan McDermottJohn Stark
4Ernie HudsonOfficer Sam 'Mad Dog' Shaw
  • by 6/10

    This is by no means the best movie I've ever seen, but I must confess(however guiltily) that I enjoyed it a great deal more than the reviewers Iconsulted led me to expect I might. -- Kiefer Sutherland and Woody Harrelsonare appealing as the two male leads, old rodeo friends who had a majorfalling out years before but now find themselves teamed up to help an oldfriend find his daughter. Their adventures in urban New York City are, byturns, humorous and suspenseful. Dylan McDermott demonstrates someconsiderable acting range as a sleazy weasel. The inevitable chase scenethrough downtown Manhattan somehow seems fresh and exciting. -- No one willconfuse this piece with High Art, but one could spend one's time in worseways...

  • by 6/10

    As a native New Yorker I always look askance at The Cowboy Way becausethat last chase scene involving our heroes Kiefer Sutherland and WoodyHarrelson is geographically impossible. Anyone who has some knowledgeof the New York City Subway System can tell you that. Still The CowboyWay is rollicking good entertainment.

    The rollicking part is courtesy of its two leads. They play a pair offeuding rodeo cowboys. Sutherland is mad at Harrelson because of hisgeneral irresponsibility. But a good friend of their's is in troubleand Sutherland's got to put aside his attitude about Harrelson in orderto help out. Harrelson of course doesn't make it easy.

    Tomas Millian has paid money to smuggle his daughter Cara Buono fromCuba and now the coyotes are holding him up for more. He goes to NewYork and gets killed for his trouble. When Harrelson and Sutherlanddiscover that, they're not about to wait for regular law enforcement todo its thing. That's just not The Cowboy Way.

    As a sideline fashion designer Marg Helgenberger thinks Harrelson haspossibilities as an underwear model and maybe she'd like to explorethat with him. They also have a wonderful scene at the Waldorf Astoriahotel and restaurant where these two think its just your basic motel, alittle upscale.

    The guy who carries the serious part of the film is villain DylanMcDermott and he's as serious as a crutch. But apparently he's startingto listen to his crotch before his head where Buono is concerned. It'sa weakness of the film, because when the good guys are closing in,McDermott probably could get away if he wasn't dragging Buono alongwith him.

    Of course the highlight for me is that wonderful scene at the CentralPark Petting Zoo where Sutherland and Harrelson teach McDermotthenchman Luis Guzman the way Pancho Villa used to get information frompeople not willing to give it up. It involves a weaning calf and it'shilarious and a little frightening to the male of the species.

    Despite its story weaknesses, The Cowboy Way is one hysterical film andyou'll have a good time seeing it. And since this film is about rodeocowboys, this review is dedicated to the recently retired JustinMcBride of the Professional Bullriders. A man definitely dedicated toThe Cowboy Way in his sport and in life.

  • by 7/10

    Catching up on Keifer Sutherland films since being mesmerized by his "24"series. This one is lots of fun, as the two cowboys head from New MexicotoNew York City to see what happened to their friend, who came from Cuba andis trying to get his daughter to the states. He does but there arecomplications. The boys are drawn into the sweatshop force labor problemand other unsavory doings. But their bravado and guts save the day.Nothing earth shattering here, but a good ole boy buddy film with twolikable guys.

  • by 8/10

    You can't take this movie seriously, but it is a riot. Don't expect a lotand you'll find yourself laughing like crazy. Weak plot with underdevelopedcharacters but the Harrelson/ Sutherland comedy team could go a long way!The restaurant scene is a howl.

  • by 7/10

    I have always enjoyed watching this movie. This and a couple of otherspay homage to Kiefer's interest in ranching. In real life, he is a reallife cowboy, owning a fairly large ranch. He is truly a multifacetedindividual, and this film takes most of its humor from the cultureclash between the Ranch lifestyle and the New York City lifestyle. Itis the type of conflict you see in more light hearted films such as theCity Mouse and the Country Mouse. Interestingly, the country, cowboylifestyle, while first out of place, ends up dominating those whoadhere to the city ethos, and results in unique solutions to badsituations. There is a definite chemistry between Harrelson andSutherland. One would hope Harrelson would be asked to star in futureepisodes of "24".

1Dean Semlercinematographer
2David Newmancomposer
3Gregg Championdirector
4Brian Grazerproducer
5Robert C. Thompsonwriter
6William D. Wittliffwriter