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The Cowboy Way

The Cowboy Way
Kiefer Sutherland, Woody Harrelson and Dylan McDermott

Rated: PG-13 for obscenities, some nudity and violence.
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: June 3, 1994 Released by: Universal Studios, Inc.

Kiefer Sutherland stars as Sonny Gilstrand and Wood Harrelson as Pepper Lewis, New Mexico rodeo cowboys in this action comedy.

An old Cuban friend goes to New York City to pay for the release of his immigrant daughter from a sleazy sweatshop operator (Dylan McDermott). When the boys don't hear from him, Sonny and Pepper head for the Big Apple in Sonny's red Pickup, to look for their missing friend.

Once in New York, the boys have difficulty fitting in. When they can't check into the Waldorf Astoria (their idea of a "motel"), they camp out in Central Park and cook pigeons for dinner. They also have their share of run-ins with the locals. There's the prerequisite bar brawl and some violent fights with the sweatshop owner and his henchmen.

Sutherland plays the more responsible, down-to-earth one, while Harrelson acts the dopey, uncontrollable one who's always getting the pair into trouble.

Sutherland and Harrelson work well together. Whenever Woody's boyish enthusiasm starts to get the best of him, Kiefer's stern look and arched eyebrow seems to lasso in the young bronco.

It's an old story of the fish out of water, and this version doesn't offer any surprises. However, the stars are very appealing and the story has enough action to keep things moving at a steady pace.

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