The Cowboy Way (film)

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The Cowboy Way
Two cowboys on horseback stuck in New York city traffic
Theatrical release poster
Directed byGregg Champion
Produced byBrian Grazer
Written byRob Thompson
Music byDavid Newman
Bon Jovi (songs)
CinematographyDean Semler
Edited byMichael Tronick
Distributed byUniversal Studios
Release date
  • June 3, 1994 (1994-06-03)
Running time
107 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$35 million[1]
Box office$20.3 million[2]

The Cowboy Way is a 1994 American action comedy film directed by Gregg Champion and starring Woody Harrelson and Kiefer Sutherland.


The Cowboy Way follows two championship rodeo stars and lifelong best friends, Pepper Lewis (Woody Harrelson) and Sonny Gilstrap (Kiefer Sutherland) as they travel from New Mexico to New York City in search of their missing friend, Nacho Salazar, who came to the city to pay for his daughter's trip to the U.S. from Cuba. When they discover that he's been murdered, the pair set out to find the killer.



On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes The Cowboy Way' has an approval rating of 15% based on 13 reviews, with an average rating of 4.1/10. However, according to the Rotten Tomatoes website the film did fare much better with general audiences with an approval rating of 59%. [3]

Joe Brown of The Washington Post said, "The Cowboy Way is a weak rehashing of the Crocodile Dundee gimmick: two modern-day cowboys taming the Wild East. The tired formula may still have some life left in it, but not this 'Way'. This dud ranch is saddled with the charisma-free teaming of dumb guns Woody Harrelson and Kiefer Sutherland."[4]

Box office[edit]

The Cowboy Way debuted at No.5 at the US box office.[5]



  1. ^ Eller, Claudia; Natale, Richard (1994-08-02). "A Squeeze Play Tags the Summer Box Office : A season of monumental successes--and flops--worries many executives that crowds are shunning mid-range films in favor of a few home-run hits". Los Angeles Times.
  2. ^ The Cowboy Way at Box Office Mojo
  3. ^ "The Cowboy Way". Rotten Tomatoes (Flixster). Retrieved November 24, 2017.
  4. ^ Joe Brown, "The Cowboy Way" Review, Washington Post, June 3, 1994
  5. ^ Cerone, Daniel (1994-06-07). "Weekend Box Office : 'Flintstones' Keeps Rolling Along". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-11-06.

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