American Experience: Do You Mean There are Still Real Cowboys? (1988)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Social History  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |  
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Yes, as this documentary by British filmmaker Jon Blair shows, there are indeed cowboys living and working in modern-day rural America. While the spirit of ranch folk is as rugged as ever, the life of a cowboy isn't as glamorous as Hollywood has often portrayed it. Televised as an episode of the PBS series The American Experience, this show is narrated by award-winning actors Glenn Close and Robert Redford. To create this documentary, director Blair spent a year filming several generations of cowboys and their families in Big Piney, WY.

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myth, America, cowboy