The Culpepper Cattle Co.

The Culpepper Cattle Co.
The Culpepper Cattle Co.

Promotional poster for The Culpepper Cattle Co.
Directed by Dick Richards
Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer (associate producer)
Written by Dick Richards
Starring Gary Grimes
Billy Green Bush
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Tom Scott
Cinematography Lawrence Edward Williams
Ralph Woolsey
Editing by John Burnett
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) US: 1972-04-16
Running time 92 min.
Country United States
Language English

The Culpepper Cattle Co. is a 1972 Revisionist Western film produced by Twentieth Century Fox. It was directed by Dick Richards and starred Billy Green Bush as Frank Culpepper and Gary Grimes as Ben Mockridge. This was the first credited film for Jerry Bruckheimer, for which he received an associate producer credit.[1]


A teenage boy asks the leader of a group of criminals, Mr.Culpepper, to allow him to accompany them. Culpepper explains they are going to Colorado from Texas, where they will sell cattle.

[These are NOT criminals, they are cowhands.]

After many misadventures they manage to learn the location of a group of horses after the survivor of a bar shootout tells them. Then they steal the horses and cattle and make their way to a bar to find a man with whom they can do "business with", as they need to graze their cattle and seek grazing rights. Instead of selling them grazing rights, the man who owns the land robs them and tells them to leave.

[The horses were stolen from the group; when they go to the town to buy some horses, the boy identifies the one-eyed thief who was a member of the gang that stole the horses, and the shootout ensues, and they recover the horses, they do not "steal" them.]

Angry and distraught, the troupe of outlaws makes their way to a campsite inhabited by a Christian cult. The land-owner follows them to the campsite explaining they have not gone far enough-- this is also his land. They begin to leave, but the boy says he will stay with the religious group. As they are leaving, a few cowboys change their mind and turn back, ready to fight the man that disrespected them and help the christian inhabitants. A shootout ensues when they refuse to leave the land, and the cowboys end up victorious at the cost of all of their lives (Excluding the boy). After all of that, the religious leader explains the land is no longer holy ground, it has been tainted with blood. He explains it was not meant to be, and God's will sends him elsewhere. Angered that his friend's death was all for naught, the boy forces the pastor to bury his comrades at gunpoint, rather than just leaving their corpses strewn all over as the pastor originally intended. After seeing his friends die, the boy throws his gun down in disgust, leaving it there. Then the boy mounts his horse, and rides off in the opposite direction of the cult.

[Probably to rejoin the Culpepper group on the cattle drive.]


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