Late in his career, John Wayne made quite a few very leisurely films
where he just kind of walked through the parts. Of course, considering
he was pretty old and had been battling with cancer, it certainly isn't
much of a surprise. What is a surprise is that he was, on occasion,
able to play some of the roles he played--such as in BRANNIGAN and his
final film, THE SHOOTIST. THE TRAIN ROBBERS is such a leisurely romp.
Sure, they ride their horses a lot (probably too much, if you ask me),
but the action scenes were pretty subdued other than a gunfight here
and there and a couple punches--sort of a kinder, gentler sort of John
This film is about a widow who wants Wayne and his friends to cross into Mexico to rescue some stolen gold and return it for the reward. Along the way, there are a lot of good moments of dialog between those in the party and, not surprisingly, the old professional Ben Johnson came off best in these scenes.
While the overall film offered few big surprises, the ending was pretty exciting and for Wayne fans this is a must-see. For others, it's a pleasant enough Western--you could certainly do a lot worse!
By the way--Two final comments. Bobby Vinton was in the movie but you'd hardly notice. Also, in one scene, a mule knocks one of them into a huge mud puddle. Only seconds later, the same guy is barely wet at all--an interesting continuity problem.
A gunhand named Lane is hired by a widow, Mrs. Lowe, to find gold stolen by her husband so that she may return it and start fresh.
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