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Cowboys & Aliens [2011] (1 disc)

Director:Jon Favreau
Writer:Alex Kurtzman
Damon Lindelof
Hawk Ostby
Mark Fergus
Roberto Orci
Composer:Harry Gregson-Williams
Length:119 minutes
(1 hour 59 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:Graphic Novel
IMDB Rating:6.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:44%
Amazon Rating:3.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region. A posse of cowboys and natives are all that stand in their way.

Reaction: This is an interesting idea with lots of fun potential. They really don't have that much fun with it, though. It's competently told, but definitely needed a bit more real humor to punctuate the impossibility of it all.

Personal Rating: 6/10

Select Cast and Crew
Jon Favreau => Director
Alex Kurtzman => Writer
Damon Lindelof => Writer
Hawk Ostby => Writer
Mark Fergus => Writer
Roberto Orci => Writer
Harry Gregson-Williams => Composer
Scott Mitchell Rosenberg => Platinum Studios comic book
Abigail Spencer => Alice
Adam Beach => Nat Colorado
Ana de la Reguera => Maria
Brendan Wayne => Charlie Lyle
Brian Duffy => Deputy
Buck Taylor => Wes Claiborne
Chris Browning => Jed Parker
Clancy Brown => Meacham
Cooper Taylor => Mose Claiborne
Daniel Craig => Jake Lonergan
David O'Hara => Pat Dolan
Gavin Grazer => Ed
Harrison Ford => Woodrow Dolarhyde
Keith Carradine => Sheriff John Taggart
Matthew Taylor => Luke Claiborne (as Matt Taylor)
Noah Ringer => Emmett Taggart
Olivia Wilde => Ella Swenson
Paul Dano => Percy Dolarhyde
Paul Ortega => Medicine Man
Raoul Trujillo => Black Knife
Sam Rockwell => Doc
Toby Huss => Roy Murphy
Walton Goggins => Hunt
Wyatt Russell => Little Mickey

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Director Jon Favreau has a cameo where his mugshot can be seen as the sheriff notices and takes off the wanted poster of Jake Lonergan.
  • Director Jon Favreau was constantly harassed with demands to shoot/convert the film in 3-D, but he held his ground, claiming Westerns should only be shot on film.
  • Harrison Ford wanted to go bareheaded in the film and not wear a hat (he is most famous for his performance in Steven Spielberg's [Indiana Jones] films, where Jones wore a fedora), but since it was a Western film he was convinced to wear a hat. In American Graffiti, Harrison Ford was asked to cut his hair (to go bareheaded with a period haircut) for the film. He refused, stating that his role was too short, and offered to wear a hat instead.
  • Daniel Craig was chosen because of his distinct likeness to Steve McQueen, who starred in the cowboy epic The Magnificent Seven.
  • Robert Downey Jr. was set to play Zeke Jackson (a "former Union army gunslinger"), but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. Within the month, the character was then re-named Jake Lonergan, re-written to be an outlaw, and Downey, Jr. was replaced with Daniel Craig.
  • The filmmakers cite Alien and Predator as an influence on the look of aliens in the film.
  • Steven Spielberg screened The Searchers and Close Encounters of the Third Kind for Roberto Orci and Jon Favreau so that they could get the atmosphere of the film.
  • Daniel Craig recommended Eva Green for the role of Ella after working with her in Casino Royale. However, Eva turned the role down and Olivia Wilde, who'd auditioned for Eva's [Bond] role of Vesper Lynd, was cast.
  • Screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman described the film as "Unforgiven with aliens landing."
  • The fabric used to make Ella's dress had originally been considered for Hailee Steinfeld's wardrobe in True Grit but had been deemed too feminine for that movie.