Wooly Boys

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Wooly Boys
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Directed by Leszek Burzynski
Produced by Robert Schwartz
Written by Max Enscoe
Annie DeYoung
Buck Flower
Ed Hanson
Glen Stephens
Starring Peter Fonda
Kris Kristofferson
Joseph Mazzello
Keith Carradine
Robin Dearden
Music by Hummie Mann
Cinematography William Wages
Edited by Andrew S. Eisen
Stephen Rivkin
Release date
Running time
99 minutes
Country USA
Language English
Box office $335,726

Wooly Boys is a 2001 American comedy drama film directed by Leszek Burzynski. It stars Peter Fonda, Kris Kristofferson, and Joseph Mazzello about sheep ranchers in the Badlands of North Dakota.


A.J. "Stoney" Stoneman (Peter Fonda), a grizzled sheep rancher from Medora, North Dakota, is tricked by Sheriff Hank Dawson (Keith Carradine) into taking a trip to see his daughter Kate Harper (Robin Deardan) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. While there, Stoney ends up bonding with his 16-year old grandson, Charles (Joseph Mazzello), whom he hadn't seen in nine years. Charles is also part of the plot to get Stoney help for a serious health issue. Charles tells Stoney his mother is in the hospital, so they leave for the hospital. Upon arriving at the hospital, Stoney finds out that Kate was only "in" the hospital to trick Stoney into having an examination. Stoney and Kate have a bout with words as Stoney is leaving and he collapses from an aneurysm, thereby causing him to be hospitalized. With the aid of his rancher pal, Shuck (Kris Kristofferson), Stoney escapes the hospital—with Charles in tow—for what becomes a life-changing adventure as Charles discovers his family roots and what it means to be a “wooly boy”.



Filming was done in the North Dakota towns of Medora, Belfield, Fryburg, and Beach; also in Minneapolis and Woodbury, Minnesota.

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