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The Cowboys Quotes

The Cowboys is a TV program that appeared on TV in 1970 . The Cowboys completed its run in 1970.

It features Mark Rydell as producer, John Williams in charge of musical score, and Robert Surtees (cinematographer) as head of cinematography.

The Cowboys is recorded in English and originally aired in United States. Each episode of The Cowboys is 131 minutes long. The Cowboys is distributed by Warner Bros..

The cast includes: John Wayne as Wil Andersen, Roscoe Lee Browne as Jebediah Nightlinger, A Martinez as Cimarron, Clay O'Brien as Hardy Fimps, Sean Kelly as Stuttering Boy Wilson, Mike Pyeatt as Homer Weems - Cowboy, Stephen R. Hudis as Charlie Schwartz - Cowboy, Roscoe Lee Browne as Jedediah Nightlinger, Slim Pickens as Anse Petersen, Colleen Dewhurst as Mrs. Kate Collingwood, Sarah Cunningham as Annie Andersen, and Maggie Costain as Phoebe.

The Cowboys Quotes

John Wayne as Wil Andersen

  • (John Wayne) "Miserable."
  • (John Wayne) "You look like the vermin-ridden son of a bitch you are."
  • (John Wayne) "You know, trail driving is not Sunday school picnic. You got to figure you're dealing with the dumbest oneriest critter on God's green earth. The cow is nothing but trouble tied up in a leather bag; and the horse ain't much better."
  • (John Wayne) "My oldest son would have been forty this year. Middle aged. But they went bad on me -- or I went bad on them."
  • (John Wayne) "You; what started this?"
  • (Fats - Cowboy) "He talked about Slim's mother. He said "Tu madre es puta." You understand Spanish Mr. Andersen?"
  • (John Wayne) "Yeah."
  • (Fats - Cowboy) "So does Slim."
  • (Asa Watts) "What are you gonna use for hands on this drive of yours, huh? Them little bitty boys down there? Come on, you know better than that, Mr. Andersen. You know what you're gonna need to trundle them boys across the prairie, don't you? A baby carriage."
  • (John Wayne) "Well whatever I need I'll get."
  • (John Wayne) "There ain't a kid in that school over fifteen. They're between hay and grass. I need men."
  • (Slim Pickens) "How old was you when you went on your first cattle drive?"
  • (John Wayne) "What difference does that make?"
  • (Slim Pickens) "How old was you, Wil?"
  • (John Wayne) "Well, in my day --"
  • (Slim Pickens) "How old?"
  • (John Wayne) "Thirteen. But my old man's pants fit me."
  • (John Wayne) "Your word? Well, here's my word. Get the hell off my spread, now."
  • (John Wayne) "A fool comes to town with a fistful of gold dust, and every jackass from 50 miles around lights out after him."
  • (John Wayne) "We're burnin' daylight."
  • (John Wayne) "I'm thirty years older than you are. I had my back broke once, and my hip twice. And on my worst day I could beat the hell out of you."
  • (Asa Watts) "I don't think so."
  • (John Wayne) "You will."
  • (John Wayne) "An' if you run into any trouble, call Anse Peterson."
  • (Sarah Cunningham) "Will, Anse Peterson is sixty years old."
  • (John Wayne) "Annie, so am I."
  • (John Wayne) "I don't expect to get to Belle Fourche with one single head of beef, but I'm cornered, so I'm taking ya on. Now this is the way it's gonna be: I'm a man and yer boys. Not cowmen, not by a damn sight, nothing but cowboys just like the word says. And I'm gonna remind you of it every single minute of every day and night."
  • (John Wayne) "Big mouth don't make a big man."
  • (John Wayne) "Sometimes it's hard to understand the drift of things. This was a good boy. He'd have been a good man. He didn't get his chance. Death can come for ya any place, any time. It's never welcomed. But if you've done all you can do, and it's your best, in a way I guess you're ready for it."
  • (John Wayne) "Who's first?"
  • (Charles 'Slim' Honeycutt) "I'll go first."
  • (John Wayne) "You all right, boy?"
  • (Fats - Cowboy) "Yes, sir. My name's Clyde Potter. They call me Fats."
  • (John Wayne) "Tend toward the gut myself."
  • (John Wayne) "I'm proud of ya -- All of ya. Every man wants his children to be better'n he was. You are."
  • (John Wayne) "Now I don't hold jail against you, but I hate a liar."
  • (John Wayne) "I like to travel with a man I'm used to."
  • (Roscoe Lee Browne) "You'll get used to me."
  • (John Wayne) "Slap some bacon on a biscuit and let's go. We're burnin' daylight."
  • (Asa Watts) "You're a hard man, Mr. Andersen."
  • (John Wayne) "It's a hard life."

A Martinez as Cimarron

  • (A Martinez) "They didn't even dig him a decent grave."
  • (John Wayne) "Well, it's not how you're buried, it's how you're remembered."

Slim Pickens as Anse Petersen

  • (Slim Pickens) "Wil, if yer neck was any stiffer, you couldn't even bend down ta pull yer boots on."
  • (Slim Pickens) "Did you ever think of hiring boys?"
  • (John Wayne) "What boys?"
  • (Slim Pickens) "School boys."
  • (John Wayne) "Oh sure and women. How about my ma in Cedar City. She's only ninety two."
  • (Slim Pickens) "Well you ain't got a lot of choice."

Roscoe Lee Browne as Jebediah Nightlinger

  • (Roscoe Lee Browne) "Well, I have the inclination, the maturity, and the wherewithal -- but unfortunately, I don't have the time."
  • (Roscoe Lee Browne) "If you're lying, remember one thing. I could swallow each of you whole without choking. All I need do is butter your heads and pin your ears back."
  • (Roscoe Lee Browne) "You're staring at me, children. I feel your eyes on my back. Now why is that?"
  • (Roscoe Lee Browne) "This may seem a lonesome place to leave him, but he is not alone, because many of his kind rest here with him. The prairie was like a mother to Mr. Andersen. He belonged to her. She cared for him while he lived. And she is nursing him while he sleeps."
  • (Roscoe Lee Browne) "You know in the late war between the states I served under an officer just like you."
  • (John Wayne) "Is that right?"
  • (Roscoe Lee Browne) "As a matter of fact I shot that military gentlemen in the buttocks. Just outside Vicksburg."
  • (John Wayne) "I'd of hung ya."
  • (Roscoe Lee Browne) "They gave me a medal."
  • (John Wayne) "In my regiment, Mr. Nightlinger, I was known as 'Old Ironpants'. You might keep that in mind."
  • (Roscoe Lee Browne) "I regret trifling with married women. I'm thoroughly ashamed at cheating at cards. I deplore my occasional departures from the truth. Forgive me for taking your name in vain, my Saturday drunkenness, my Sunday sloth. Above all, forgive me for the men I've killed in anger"
  • (Roscoe Lee Browne) "-- and those I am about to."
  • (Roscoe Lee Browne) "Boys are always guilty of something nasty. What could it be this time, I wonder?"
  • (Roscoe Lee Browne) "Doesn't anything larger want to work for you?"
  • (Roscoe Lee Browne) "It smells of boy in here."
  • (Roscoe Lee Browne) "My name is Nightlinger, and I'm in charge of these boys."
  • (Colleen Dewhurst) "My name is Mrs. Collingwood, and I'm, uh -- in charge of these girls."
  • (Roscoe Lee Browne) "I just heard from a highly exited youngster that there were some soiled doves winging through here."
  • (Colleen Dewhurst) "Well -- what do you want from me?"
  • (Roscoe Lee Browne) "Madam, you know young boys -- they dream of golden skin and unbound hair. Even if I could lock them up they would find a way of getting here."
  • (Colleen Dewhurst) "There is very little I could do about that."
  • (Roscoe Lee Browne) "I'm sure you would handle everything most tastefully. It's a question of, uh -- waiting for a more appropriate time in their lives. Perhaps it would be wiser to wait until next year -- or even the year after."
  • (Colleen Dewhurst) "With any luck, I'll be retired by then. Well -- the first time should be in the back of a buggy with a -- girl that they think they're in love with. Alright -- we'll move on."
  • (Roscoe Lee Browne) "You are a charming and sensible lady."
  • (Colleen Dewhurst) "What about you?"
  • (Roscoe Lee Browne) "Well, I have the inclination -- the maturity -- and the wherewithal -- but unfortunately, I don't have the time."
  • (Fats - Cowboy) "Mr. Nightlinger, are you black all over?"
  • (Roscoe Lee Browne) "'Cept for the whites of my eyes."
  • (Mike Pyeatt) "Is -- your?"
  • (Roscoe Lee Browne) "It is -- black, too."
  • (Charles 'Slim' Honeycutt) "See? He's the same as us, 'cept for that color."
  • (Roscoe Lee Browne) "The same as you?"
  • (Roscoe Lee Browne) "The same as you?"
  • (Roscoe Lee Browne) "Ohhh, children -- My father was a brawny Moor, six feet six inches tall. He bound his head in a red velvet cloth"
  • (Roscoe Lee Browne) "he wore a curved sword, forged from the finest Toledo steel. He captured a lady, bright and dark. he took her in his arms and wrapped her in a warm quilt and carried her off. They came to a castle and he battered down the doors with the trunk of an oak tree and KILLED EVERYBODY IN IT, just so they could rest the night. Later, while she slept, he walked the parapets -- and became a king."
  • (Stephen R. Hudis) "Is that true?"
  • (Roscoe Lee Browne) "If it isn't, it oughta be --"

Sarah Cunningham as Annie Andersen

  • (Sarah Cunningham) "I'll think about ya 'fore I go to bed at night."
  • (John Wayne) "You do and you won't sleep."

Clay O'Brien as Hardy Fimps

  • (Clay O'Brien) "I never noticed before, but most of the people I know are quiet compared to Mr. Andersen."
  • (Charles 'Slim' Honeycutt) "He's quiet -- it just comes out loud."
  • (Clay O'Brien) "What's sugar tits?"

Maggie Costain as Phoebe

  • (Maggie Costain) "Did you want me for anything, Mrs. Collingwood?"
  • (Colleen Dewhurst) "That's Phoebe. You're, eh, putting too much merchandise on display, Phoebe. You better cover some of that up before you come down with pneumonia."
  • (Maggie Costain) "Isn't this a sweet lookin' boy."
  • (Maggie Costain) "Wouldn't you like to come inside, honey? You'd be surprised how nice we got everything fixed up."
  • (Colleen Dewhurst) "Well, I think that Homer just saved himself a dollar."

Colleen Dewhurst as Mrs. Kate Collingwood

  • (Colleen Dewhurst) "The first time should be in the back of a buggy with a girl that they think they're in love with."
  • (Colleen Dewhurst) "Where's your head man?"
  • (A Martinez) "That's Mr. Andersen, he's over at Ft. Smith."
  • (Colleen Dewhurst) "Alright, then. What's your name?"
  • (A Martinez) "They call me Cimarron."
  • (Colleen Dewhurst) "I'm Kate, to my friends. Ha-ha. And who's the one with the pretty pink blush?"
  • (A Martinez) "This here's Homer."
  • (Colleen Dewhurst) "Hello, Homer."
  • (Mike Pyeatt) "Ma'am."
  • (Colleen Dewhurst) "How many men you got in your outfit, Cimarron?"
  • (A Martinez) "Well, if you're going by age, we got, eh, two that's 15."
  • (Colleen Dewhurst) "My, god."
  • (A Martinez) "If you're going by what we can do, there's 11 of us."
  • (Colleen Dewhurst) "No offense. In this kind of country, a poor helpless woman likes to know if there are any men around. I mean, men who can take care of us, as we, go along our way."
  • (A Martinez) "Well, we're gettin' paid a man's wages."
  • (Colleen Dewhurst) "And you look man enough to earn them, too, Cimarron."

Sean Kelly as Stuttering Boy Wilson

  • (Sean Kelly) "Son-of-a-bitch."
  • (John Wayne) "What did you say?"
  • (Sean Kelly) "You god-damned son-of-a-bitch."
  • (John Wayne) "Say that again."
  • (Sean Kelly) "You god-damned, mean, son-of-a-bitch."
  • (John Wayne) "Say it faster."
  • (Sean Kelly) "You god-damned, mean, dirty, son-of-a-bitch."
  • (John Wayne) "I wouldn't make it a habit of calling me that, son."

Mike Pyeatt as Homer Weems - Cowboy

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