The Cowboy

Celebrating the icons and legends of the American Wild West as immortalised by Hollywood, The Cowboy traces the history of the myths, the men, and the films that helped make Old West an enduring chapter of the American story.

This two-part special tells the tale of the Old West through the lens of historians, renowned actors, directors, producers, and cinematographers - including Bruce Dern, Seth MacFarlane, Adam Beach, Anson Mount and Ben Mankiewicz - as well as real-life cowboys and modern-day Western figures.

Legendary lawmen like Wyatt Earp and "Wild Bill" Hickok, infamous outlaws like Jesse James and Billy the Kid, and epic showdowns like the Gunfight at the OK Corral provided the fodder for a century of classic movies and Saturday afternoon TV shows.

Featuring original interviews with those inspired by the legends and lore presented in iconic moments from classic and contemporary Western films, on-set and on-the-range footage all set to a classic Cowboy score, The Cowboy explores the significance of what it meant to be this virtuous embodiment of the American character—and harkens back to the spirit that this way of life captured. 


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