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The Last of the Cowboys

Film shrewdly plays on Henry Fonda's moral force as an aging, ailing truckdriver who has had his big truck taken from him when he got behind in payments due to illness. It seems he is a terminal case. He leaves the hospital, steals the truck and sets out to make one last run across the US.

Film shrewdly plays on Henry Fonda’s moral force as an aging, ailing truckdriver who has had his big truck taken from him when he got behind in payments due to illness. It seems he is a terminal case. He leaves the hospital, steals the truck and sets out to make one last run across the US.

The police begin to close in and he is refused jobs when word gets out. He picks up a young hitchhiker (Robert Englund) whose money he uses for gas. His final haul turns out to be six young prosties working for an old flame of Fonda played with gusto by Eileen Brennan. They also have to leave town and are harbored in the van as they make a run for it.

This touching pic is neatly paced, zesty and manages to pay homage to the oldtime Hollywood films without satirizing them.

The Last of the Cowboys

  • Production: Mar Vista/Preminger. Director John Leone; Producer Allan F. Bodoh; Screenplay John Leone; Camera Ed Brown Sr; Music Craig Safan
  • Crew: (Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1977. Running time: 100 MIN.
  • With: Henry Fonda Eileen Brennan Robert Englund Austin Pendelton Susan Sarandon Melanie Mayron
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