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The Good Old Boys (1995)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Western | TV Movie 5 March 1995
An aging cowboy must choose between his desire to remain free and the responsibilities of maintaining a family.

Director:

Tommy Lee Jones

Writers:

Elmer Kelton (book), Tommy Lee Jones (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Lee Jones ... Hewey Calloway
Terry Kinney ... Walter Calloway
Frances McDormand ... Eve Calloway
Sam Shepard ... Tarnell
Sissy Spacek ... Spring Renfro
Wilford Brimley ... C.C. Tarpley
Walter Olkewicz ... Fat Gervin
Matt Damon ... Cotton Calloway
Blayne Weaver ... Tommy Calloway
Bruce McGill ... City Marshall
Larry Mahan Larry Mahan ... Blue Hannigan
Richard Andrew Jones ... Alvin Lawdermilk (as Richard Jones)
Karen Jones Karen Jones ... Cora Lawdermilk
Park Overall ... Florence
Laura Poe ... Betsey
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Storyline

An aging cowboy must choose between his desire to remain free and the responsibilities of maintaining a family.

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Plot Keywords:

cowboy | range | cattle | land | country | See All (14) »

Genres:

Adventure | Western

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dobri stari momci See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Upton county, where this story takes place, is approximately 100 miles due west of San Angelo. The actual Upton city, which is east of Austin, is an unincorporated community - little more than a crossroads out in the country. What is referred to as Upton city was an unofficial name. In 1911 it was given the name of Rankin, after local rancher Finis E. Rankin, who was born in 1856 and therefore about the same age as Tommy Lee Jones' character. Rankin was referred to as a rancher but he was also in charge of the bank. In reality, Rankin received his 640 acre grant in 1911 but with a bit of imagination and for all practical purposes, the rancher / banker played by Wilford Brimley is the same fellow as Rankin. See more »

Goofs

Almost all of the costumes are obviously brand-new, with no attempt to age them. This is particularly noticeable in the first scene, with the close-up shot of the chaps, which had supposedly had at least two years' use. See more »

Quotes

C.C. Tarpley: All you got is a brown horse past his prime, an old saddle, and *maybe* twenty dollars. Now, that ain't much to show for all them years, is it?
Hewey Calloway: I went north one time into Canada and seen the glaciers. You ever see a glacier, C.C.?
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Tommy Lee Jones in perhaps his most unappreciated moment
29 November 2007 | by g0dolphinsSee all my reviews

As I recall from trade mags, back when this flick first came out, TNT approached TLJ to be the lead, but at the time, he was pondering his future in the film industry and was considering directing. He wanted more than Turner and his execs were offering as the lead actor, but agreed to sign on to the project for less if he could be given free reign to direct, which was a bargain for the price. What ensued was The Good Ole Boys as we know it.

The product is a Western equally worthy of mentioning in the same short list as Unforgiven, Silverado, 3:10 to Yuma and recent others. It is a classic Western that is as priceless as anything given to us from both Johns Wayne and Ford.

In the opening scenes, we watch a cowboy as he and his horse graze the high country; a scene that could occur at any time within our frontier history. He eventually heads home and then we are drawn into a turn of the century frontier settlement juxtapositioned with the old west; sweeping sky lines and open ranges slowly encroached by the advent of Westward Expansion and technology.

The story shows us how a cowboy out on the vast range, isolated by big sweeping scenes, with only his horse to keep him company, enters into the new century. After he sojourns back to the land of his roots, a beautiful and memorable story unfolds with the likes of Frances McDormand, Sissy Spacek, Sam Sheppard, Wilford Bremly and the (as far as I know) debut of Matt Damon waltz into the story to reveal hopes, dreams, missed opportunities and current dilemmas. Soon our cowboy is thrust into the new world with new problems. His leisurely life amongst cattle, horses and campfires is soon a distant memory. The choices he acts upon effect all those around him, and then while his input and decision unfold, he then must decide if he will stick around in this New World to witness the results or return to the wide-open country.

This story falls within the framework of time-honored classics; where we get to see the impact of certain choices made and the ramifications as they unfold. We witness familial love and hard decisions. What makes this most memorable are the aspects of very good story, memorable performances, and great visuals/sound score.

Currently TLJ enjoys worthy accolades for his roles in The Valley of Elah and No Country For Old Men, which should lead to inevitable Oscar nominations. His vision and performance in The Good Ole Boys, certainly worth-while for fans, should round out his current body of work.

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