GenreDrama, Western Music directorJames Horner WriterJoel Don Humphreys LanguageEnglish
Release dateMarch 1, 1991 (1991-03-01) CastKate Capshaw (Jolie, H.D.'s Girlfriend), Scott Glenn (H.D. Dalton), Tess Harper (Cheryl), Gary Busey (Clint Hornby), Ben Johnson (Jesse Dalton), Balthazar Getty (Jud, Jolie's Son) Similar moviesCity Slickers, Frontier Hellcat, Old Shatterhand, Thunder at the Border, Half-Breed, Duel at Diablo
My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys is a 1991 Western drama film starring Scott Glenn and Kate Capshaw, and directed by Stuart Rosenberg.
Scott Glenn is H.D., a champion bull rider whose career is ruined after being gored by a bull. He returns home to discover things have drastically changed — the family farm has been abandoned, his old girlfriend Jolie (Kate Capshaw) is a now a widowed mother, and his sister Cheryl (Tess Harper) has put his father (Ben Johnson) in a nursing home. H.D. rescues his father from the home and returns him to the ranch. But when H.D. leaves the farm to visit Jolie, his father seeks out Cheryl. Cheryl retaliates by threatening to return her father to the nursing home and sell the ranch. At this point, H.D. takes notice of a rodeo which would give him $100,000 if he can ride four bulls for a total of 32 seconds. H.D. bonds with his father as he gruelingly prepares for a return to the rodeo to win the contest and buy the ranch.
Scott Glenn.....H.D. Dalton
Ben Johnson.....Jesse Dalton
Gary Busey.....Clint Hornby
Clarence Williams III.....Deputy Sheriff Virgil
Bill Clymer.....Rodeo Announcer
Balthazar Getty was nominated for best young actor of the year by the Young Artist Awards.
Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times said, "One thing I enjoyed was the work of Scott Glenn, an unsung but always interesting actor (The Right Stuff, The River, The Silence of the Lambs), who plays the cowboy with a taciturn and weathered conviction. I also liked the unstudied sincerity of the great Ben Johnson, as his father (he was already playing this role 20 years ago, in The Last Picture Show). I liked the way old character actors like Dub Taylor turned up in a poker game, and it was fun to see Mickey Rooney, although he should have turned the energy down a notch. ... The most interesting element of My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys is the cantankerous old man who is indeed impossible, and forgetful, and careless, and impossible to please. If they leave him in the nursing home he'll die, but if they let him live alone he'll sooner or later kill himself or somebody else. So what should they do about him? Because this was the only question in the movie that had not already been answered in dozens of other films, I waited for the movie to attend to it. But of course room had to be made for the Rocky ending.