The Train Robbers

The Train Robbers

Theatrical poster
Directed by Burt Kennedy
Produced by Michael Wayne
Written by Burt Kennedy
Music by Dominic Frontiere
Cinematography William H. Clothier
Edited by Frank Santillo
Distributed by Warner Bros. (USA)
Columbia-Warner Distributions (U.K & West Germany)
AB4 (2004 Belgium, TV)
Craze Productions (2004, USA, Video)
National Broadcasting Company (1975,TV)
Warner Home Video (1980's-present (VHS, DVD [North America, Worldwide])
Release dates
  • 1973 (1973)
Running time
92 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $2.6 million (US)[1]
354,121 admissions (France)[2]

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.

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.

Plot summary

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).

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.


See also


  1. Stephen Vagg, Rod Taylor: An Aussie in Hollywood, Bear Manor Media 2010 p 172.
  2. 1973 French box office at Box Office Story

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