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The Train Robbers

The Train Robbers is an above-average John Wayne actioner, written and directed by Burt Kennedy with suspense, comedy and humanism not usually found in the formula.

The Train Robbers is an above-average John Wayne actioner, written and directed by Burt Kennedy with suspense, comedy and humanism not usually found in the formula.

The plot peg is simple. Wayne recruits a group to recover gold stolen from a train by Ann-Margret’s deceased outlaw husband, so her name and that of her child can be clear. However, Kennedy has provided a series of rich, deep individual characterizations, plus some intriguing red-herring plot twists.

Most important, for example, is the exposition of the Wayne character. Instead of the cardboard superman, he is given the added dimension of a man who actually could fall for a woman. Ann-Margret is most convincing in a role which requires that she be of her hardy environment, but above it enough to be credible as a lady-like, attractive widow.

The Train Robbers

  • Production: Batjac. Director Burt Kennedy; Producer Michael Wayne; Screenplay Burt Kennedy; Camera William H. Clothier; Editor Frank Santillo; Music Dominic Frontiere; Art Director Ray Moyer, Alfred Sweeney
  • Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1973. Running time: 92 MIN.
  • With: John Wayne Ann-Margret Rod Taylor Ben Johnson Christopher George Bobby Vinton
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