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Director  Burt Kennedy
Initial DVD release  May 22, 2007
Country  United States
6.4/10 IMDb

Genre  Western
Music director  Dominic Frontiere
Writer  Burt Kennedy
Language  English
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Release date  1973 (1973)
Cast  John Wayne (Lane), Ann-Margret (Mrs. Lowe), Rod Taylor (Grady), Ben Johnson (Jesse), Christopher George (Calhoun), Bobby Vinton (Ben Young)
Similar movies  Self/less, Kelly's Heroes, City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold, Touchez Pas au Grisbi, White Fang, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Tagline  The gold or the grave. The young widow could lead them to either.

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The Train Robbers is a 1973 Western Technicolor film starring John Wayne, Ann-Margret, Rod Taylor and Ben Johnson. The movie was written and directed by Burt Kennedy.


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Both character names played by Wayne and Ann-Margret are the male and female character names from the 1950s-era Wayne western film Hondo. It is uncertain if the fictional characters of The Train Robbers are supposed to be linked to the earlier film.

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Plot summary

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After the death of her husband, Mrs. Lowe (Ann-Margret) wants to tell the railroad where to find the half million U.S. dollars in gold her late husband, Matt, stole during a train robbery, and clear the family name for her son. Instead Lane (John Wayne) convinces her to retrieve the gold so she can collect the $50,000 reward offered by the railroad for its return. Lane lines up some old friends to assist him in retrieving the gold for a share of the reward. But the other original train robbers have gathered a gang and will try to get the gold at any cost. As they all journey into Mexico in search of the hidden gold they are followed closely by a Pinkerton agent (Ricardo Montalban).

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After a series of adventures & battles they return to Texas with the gold where there is one final battle. The next day Lane and his men put Mrs. Lowe on a train to return the gold and tell her she can keep the reward for herself and her son. As they are walking past the end of the train they meet the Pinkerton Agent who tells them, as the train is pulling out, that Matt Lowe was never married and that Mrs. Lowe is really a prostitute named Lilly who fooled them into helping her get the gold for herself. Lane then leads his gang to rob the train as the film ends.


  • John Wayne as Lane
  • Ann-Margret as Lowe
  • Rod Taylor as Grady
  • Ben Johnson as Jesse James
  • Christopher George as Calhoun James
  • Bobby Vinton as Ben Young
  • Jerry Gatlin as Sam Turner
  • Ricardo Montalban as The Pinkerton man
  • References

    The Train Robbers Wikipedia
    The Train Robbers IMDb The Train Robbers