Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Great American Cowboy (1974)

Academy Awards, USA 1974

Best Documentary, Features
Kieth Merrill

American National Enterprises
Directed by Kieth Merrill
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4

Rodeo documentary that concentrates on the national competition between old pro Larry Mahan and up and coming newcomer Phil Lyne. We follow them across the country as they wrestle steers, ride bucking broncs and bulls, including the "unridable" Oscar. There isn't much suspense as far as the competition goes, and slow motion is overused, but I did like Oscar as well as the rodeo clowns.

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