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Cowboy Movie Night

What is Cowboy Movie Night?

During the cold late Fall and early Spring months (October through April) and on the first Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm we show a cowboy movie, eat snacks, and have fun.
  • You are all welcome; there is no cost.
  • Having a cowboy name is optional, but encouraged!
  • If you feel like bringing something to share all the better and we hope you make it.

Mike Hansen AKA Scipio Sam (pictured above) is the head of Cowboy Movie Night; Mike is one of the Club's Directors.

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March 4th's Movie: Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)

Greetings fellow cowpunchers and rounders. Can you believe the weather lately? The Farmer's Almanac says nothing about climate change but I like the warming. Turkeys and deer are beginning to show themselves around the ranch and it should be a mild spring which bodes well for the upcoming round up. A few of the boys have been out back limbering up the six guns and Winchesters. I spent the beautiful day gathering up all of the tumbleweeds that have blown up against the west side of the out buildings and in the fences. The next talkie showing in town this Wednesday will be "Shootout at the OK Corral." Great opportunity to relieve a case of cabin fever. Grab some grub and plan to attend. Wednesday's showing begins at 6:30 PM.

This 1957 classic starring Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Rhonda Flemming, Jo Van Fleet and John Ireland depicts the running feud between Doc Holiday, the Earp brothers and the Clanton-McLaury gang in Tombstone, Arizona. The feud reaches a climax at the end of Fremont Street at the OK Corral. The result is the legendary shootout on October 26, 1881. All hell breaks loose at 3:00 PM and only lasts 30 seconds, but of course, the movie makers draw it out a little longer. Tom and Frank McLaury are killed, along with Billy Clanton. Virgil Earp, Morgan Earp and Doc Holiday are wounded. Ike Clanton and Billy Clairborne run for the hills. Nominated for two Academy Awards, this film plays loose with history but is still considered one of the best westerns ever made.

Directed by John Sturgis.
Running time: 122 minutes

Grab a snack and a cowboy hat and join me and few of the boys at 6:30 PM Wednesday evening this week. Cowgirls and kids always welcome.

Scipio Sam AKA Mike



Previous Movies:

February 5th's Movie: Lawman (1971)

Life around the ranch has been a little messy; what with all the melting ice and snow turning the area around the ranch a quagmire interspersed with islands of ice and melting snow. The farm wagons are leaving huge ruts in what passes for a road and common area around the corals and bunk house. Keeping the mud from boots off the bunk house floor is a big problem. The one saving grace of the mild weather is that we don't have to venture out to bust the ice off of the water troughs. A few of the hands are planning to ride into town and catch this week's talkie, Lawman, playing Wednesday evening at the SRPC movie house. This week's feature is a classic Burt Lancaster film released in 1971.

Burt Lancaster plays the part of a hard nosed, by the book lawman who sees the world as black or white and does not compromise his principles. A group of drunken cowboys shoot up a town but accidentally shoot a bystander. Marshal Jared Maddox sees it as his duty bound mission to return the cowboys to face a judge. Marshal Maddox tracks the cowboys back to their town and makes it known that he plans to take them back for trial or kill them where they stand. Wealthy ranch owner, Vincent Bronson, can't talk his cowboys into going back to stand trial so offers Marshal Maddox a deal. The no nonsense lawman refuses and the lead flies.

"Lawman" is a 1971 classic written by Gerald Wilson and is directed by Michael Winner. The movie stars Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan, Lee J. Cobb, Robert Duvall and Sheree North. Running time is 99 minutes.

Grab a snack and a cowboy hat and join me and few of the boys at 6:30 PM Wednesday evening this week. Cowgirls and kids always welcome.

Scipio Sam


January 8th's Movie: Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973)

Greetings all you bored drovers and wranglers. I was just sitting around the bunk house wondering what I could do outside in this mild January weather. I got the idea of hitting up cookie, over at the cook shack, for some number 10 bean cans and going out to the gully behind the barn and burning some powder in the old colt plow handle with a few of my bunkies. The noise attracted the foreman and he came around wanting to know what all the noise was about. When he saw we were just lolly gagging around, he decided to put us to work. "Saddle up your semi-retired cow ponies and get out and scout the fence lines for any breaks in the wire." After riding fence all day we ate chow and retired to the bunk house dead tired. I happened to pick up a dime novel from the stack of old reading material and hit upon a story about Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett. Then I got to wondering what would be playing at the Rifle and Pistil Club Cowboy Movie Night. Lo and behold, this week's feature is going to be "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid."

"Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid" a movie written by Randy Wurlitzer and directed by Sam Peckinpah will be playing. The movie was released in 1973 and runs 155 minutes. The story is about two well known characters of western lore who were not only acquaintances but friends at one time. Pat Garret is made sheriff and hired by the New Mexico Governor and some cattle barons to bring Billy to justice. Pat warns Billy to head to Mexico but Billy ignores the advice and Pat is forced to track him down. History is made at Fort Sumner, New Mexico when Pat catches up to Billy. Pat Garrett, himself, is shot under mysterious circumstances many years later.

The movie is classic Sam Peckinpah with plenty of shoot outs and spurting blood. The cast is classic western starring James Coburn, Kris Kristopherson, Richard Jaeckol, Bob Dylan and a host of familiar character actors such as, Chill Wills, Jack Elam, Jason Robards, Rita Coolidge, Slim Pickens, Barry Sullivan, and Katy Jurado. The sound track was written and performed by Bob Dylan.

Bring something to chew on (no spitting on the floor) and enjoy this classic, Wednesday, January 8th, 6:30 PM.

Scipio Sam


December 4th's Movie: Purgatory (1999)

Greeting fellow Caballeros. This weekend finds me hold up in the town of Knox Crossing waiting for suitable transportation back to the ranch. I ventured north for a quiet week of game hunting but 20 inches of snow put the kibosh on any real hope of success. I really need to get back to the spread in Sheboygan and the old bunkhouse. Another reason to get back is for Cowboy Movie Night. The next Cowboy Movie Night is scheduled for December 4th at 6:30 PM, same old movie house.

This week's feature film "Purgatory," is entertaining and has all of the usual characteristics of a western movie. That is, horses, guns, shootouts, good guys, bad guys, an Indian, gals and, yes, a little romance. If you are a fan of the western movie genre and the old "Twilight Zone" series then you will like this film. Some familiar names grace the screen in the form of Wild Bill Hickok, Billy the Kid, Doc Holiday, and Jesse James. Also, a plot tickler; Purgatory is the place where souls are believed to be kept until Judgement Day when they will be judged and either thrown into the fires of hell or taken by angels to heaven.

The movie stars Sam Shepard, Eric Roberts, Randy Quaid, Donnie Wahlberg, Brad Rowe, Amelia Heinle and Shannon Kenny.
Directed by Uli Edel
Written by Gordon Dawson
Released in 1999
Running Time - 94 minutes

Now, if the Overland can make it through the snow clogged passes, I should see you all Wednesday.

Scipio Sam


November 6th's Movie: The Train Robbers (1973)

To all my bunkies and fellow cowboys and cowgirls, I am currently off the ranch anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Overland Stage next Tuesday. I will hop the stage and hopefully be back in time for Cowboy Movie Night. While I am enjoying the warm sun here in Florida I hope you can get your chores done, lay in a supply of firewood for the bunk house stove and clear a path through the snow to the Rifle Pistol Club on Wednesday, November 6th.

A 1973 John Wayne talkie will be showing at 6:30 PM. The film is entitled, "The Train Robbers" and stars John Wayne, Ann-Margret, Ben Johnson, Rod Taylor and Ricardo Montalban. Written and directed by Burt Kennedy the story line is about a widow whose husband robbed half a million dollars in gold from a train and buried it somewhere in the desert. The widow hires Wayne and his little band to help her recover the gold so she can return it to the railroad and clear her name. Wayne and his band are working for the $50,000 reward. Another bunch of outlaws also want to find the gold so they trail and dog Wayne and his group.

Running time is 92 minutes.

Scipio Sam


October 2nd's Movie: The Missouri Breaks

As I sit here removing my boots and spurs, it dawned on me that the cowboy summer is almost over. It's difficult to notice the change in season when the cacti and sage brush don't change color or lose leaves to indicate the fall. We took a break from Cowboy Movie Night beginning in spring when we all had to fall out for the round up of winter strays, the summer of grazing and fattening up the cattle and the late summer cattle drive to market. Now it's time to turn our attention to late fall and winter activities.

You don't have to spend those long, cold winter nights sitting in the bunk house making hand shadows in front of a lantern on a sheet hung on the bunk house wall. No sir! You can amble or mosey out to your local gun club on the first Wednesday evening of every month and take in one of them there talking motion pictures.

This Wednesday, October 2nd will be our first showing of the season. This month's feature film is
"The Missouri Breaks." Staring in this 1976 feature film directed by Arthur Penn (Little Big Man, Bonnie and Clyde, Night Moves) is Marlon Brando, Jack Nicholson, Randy Quaid, Kathleen Lloyd, and John Mcliam.

The story line follows Jack Nicholson as a leader of a gang of horse thieves who purchase a farm next to their next target, a wealthy landowner. The land owner hires a gunman or "regulator" played by Marlon Brando, to get rid of the rustlers. This is the first and last movie that Nicholson and Brando made together. Brando is just coming off of making "The Godfather" and Nicholson from making "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Rated 3 1/2 stars on Rotten Tomatoes. Running time 2 hrs, 6 min.

Grab a snack and a side kick and join us at 6:30 PM Wednesday evening at the SRPC Club House,

Scipio Sam


2018-2019 Cowboy Movie Night Season:

April 3rd's Movie: The Man from Laramie (1955)

Happy trails to all of you tumbling tumble weeds,

Now that the weather is improving somewhat, we turn our attention to outdoor activities as we ready ourselves and our kits for the spring roundup. We are busy greasing the wheels on the chuck wagon, shoeing our cow ponies and getting some trigger time with our peacemakers and Winchesters. In light of the busy spring approaching we will try to squeeze in one last Cowboy Movie Night into our ranch schedule.

Our last movie of the year is a James Stewart classic, "The Man from Laramie." This is the last film that Anthony Mann directed with James Stewart. In their day, Mann and Stewart were as popular as John Ford and John Wayne. Mann directed Stewart in 10 movies; such notables as The Glenn Miller Story, Strategic Air Command, Thunder Bay, Winchester 73 and four other westerns.

This movie follows a former army scout out for revenge as he tracks the individual responsible for supplying rifles to the Apaches who use the rifles to massacre an army cavalry patrol that included the scout's younger brother.

Released in 1955.
Run time is 104 minutes.

Join us Wednesday, April 3rd for some cowboy fellowship and snacks,

Scipio Sam

March 6th's Movie: Slow West (2015)

Greetings fellow hands and riders of the purple sage,

I don't know about you but I am getting tired of being cooped up in the bunk house playing checkers and working on leather crafts.  The only time I get out is to shovel a path to the "little house" or a path to the barn and stable or to the cook shack or to break up the ice on the water troughs with an ax. I'm definitely looking forward to the spring round up when the warm Chinooks blow out of the northwest and the times I can sleep under the stars on top of my blankets instead of under them.

In the mean time, drag your cowboy posteriors out of the stale air of the bunk house and get out to the Sheboygan Rifle and Pistol Club for Cowboy Movie Night.  Wednesday, 6:30 PM. Bring your idea of a snack and enjoy the company of like minded folks who enjoy the western genre of film.

This week's feature will be Slow West.  This film is Scottish Director John Maclean's debut as a director.  John Maclean also wrote the story.  The film features Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Caren Pistorius and Rory McCann in starring roles.  The film is another example of foreign film makers delving into the American Western genre.  The movie is filmed in New Zealand and Scottland but set in the west, specifically, Colorado.  The movie opened at Sundance in 2015, is rated 4 stars in Rotten Tomatoes, 3 1/2 stars on Netflix.  Running time is 84 minutes.

Jay Cavendish travels to America in search of his love interest, Rose. Rose and her father have run to America after an accident that killed Jay's uncle.  Sixteen year old Jay is a "rabbit among wolves."  Jay meets up with Silas Selleck, a bounty hunter, and Jay hires him to guide him and act as a body guard as he continues to search for his dear Rose, Competition for locating Rose, however, leads to some high adventure and entertaining encounters.

Rated "R" violence and brief language
Running time = 84 minutes
Released June 2015

Please join us, Scipio Sam

February 6th's Movie:  Salvation (2015)

Greetings companeros,
It's once again time to bank the fire in the bunkhouse stove, damp it down for the night, grab you mackinaw and head to the Rifle Pistol Cub for some old fashioned "talkie" entertainment.

We will be watching "The Salvation," starring Mads Mikkelsen, Ava Green, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Eric Cantona.  The movie is a Danish film directed by Kristian Levering and filmed in South Africa.  The movie released in 2015 features American like western vistas and sets built from the ground up;  no false fronts.  Real buildings were used.

The production follows a basic revenge/avenge template. Set in the 1870's a Danish Army veteran and his brother immigrate to the American west and establish themselves. Jon Jensen brings his wife and son over and they are murdered. Jon, while avenging the death of his family, unleashes the wrath of a notorious gang leader. After being betrayed by his own townspeople, Jon must hunt down the outlaws alone.

Rated "R" for bloody violence
Running time = 100 minutes
Released August 2015

Rated at #46 on Rotten Tomatos list of best 100 westerns of all time.

Bring a little grub to chew on and remember, "No spitting on the floor."

Scipio Sam

January 2nd's Movie: Ballad of Buster Scrubbs (2018)

Greetings again Buckaroos and Buckarettes,

It's time to take a break from winter ranch chores (sorting horseshoes, repairing saddles and chaps, cleaning branding irons and splicing lariats) and relax for another evening of Cowboy Movies. The next showing will hopefully be "The Ballad of Buster Scrugs."

"The Ballad of Buster Scrugs" is another classic film work from the Coen brothers. You may remember the Coen brothers for some of their previous award winning work such as True Grit, Fargo, Oh Brother Where Art Thou, No Country for Old Men and the Big Lebowski, to name a few.

This 2018 production breaks with tradition and is an independent film that is not held to any restrictions that may be imposed by a studio. The Coens directed this film produced for NETFLIX.

The format of "Buster Scrugs" is presented as an anthology of six separate and distinct stories from an old dime western. The six stories are not tied together in any way. They stand alone. This may be difficult for some viewers to deal with. All six stories provide entertainment in their own way.

The script is lively and engaging. The cinematography is outstanding and the casting is perfect.
The cast includes Tim Blake Nelson, James Franco, Zoe Kazan, Tom Waits, Liam Neeson and Jonjo O'Neal.

Since this is a NETFLIX movie we will have to stream it through the internet. If the Hekawi tribe, led by Wild Eagle, haven't disrupted our connection we should be in for an entertaining evening.

Created by NetFlix
Running time = 133 minutes
Released November 2018

Scipio Sam

December 5th's Movie:  Johnson County War (2002)

Fellow Shootists, bartenders, and storekeeps,

Just a quick reminder concerning Sheboygan Rifle and Pistol Club Cowboy Movie Night, Wednesday, December 5th, 6:30 PM at the clubhouse. The feature movie will be "Johnson County War" starring Tom Beringer, Luke Perry, Rachel Ward and Burt Reynolds.  Release date was in 2001 and running time is 178 minutes.

The movie is based on the Range War that occurred in Johnson County, Wyoming between 1889 and 1893 with the hottest action in 1892. The event was termed by Wyoming historian T.A. Larsen "the most notorious event in Wyoming history." Basically, wealthy cattlemen and members of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association resented the small ranchers and homesteaders who were beginning to occupy "free range" under the Homestead Act. Members of the Stock Growers Association ignored the rights under the Homestead Act and acted on their own to put a stop to encroachment by the "peasants." The wealthy cattlemen tried to scare the small ranchers out of the territory through use of violent intimidation. They went so far as to develop a list of 70 ranchers and farmers targeted for assassination. The Association brought in hired guns to do their dirty work.

Most of the situations in the movie are based on actual occurrences. However, the names of people and places are not, in all cases, historically accurate. The town of Antelope in the movie would have been Buffalo, Wyoming. Sheriff Frank Canton, played by Burt Reynolds, was the actual leader of some of the assassination squads who shot and hung the homesteaders. He was, in fact, in the employ of the Stock Growers Association.

The shooting war was finally quelled by federal troops from Fort McKinney sent by President Harrison. Many years of trials, acquittals and political intrigue followed well into the 20th Century.

Created by Hallmark Entertainment
Running time = 178 minutes
Released August 2002

Scipio Sam

November 7th's Movie:  Open Range (2003)

Cowboy Movie Night!  The first Wednesday of every month at 18:30 we show a cowboy movie, eat snacks and have fun. 
  • You are all welcome; there is no cost.
  • Having a cowboy name is optional but encouraged!
  • If you feel like bringing something to share all the better and we hope you make it.
Our first flick in November was the Herb Kohler western “Open Range” with some Costner and Duval guys, and it was great! “Scipio Sam” (Mike Hansen) has our next movie lined up already for December and we hope you can join us “The Analog Kid” (Russ Marganau).

Boss Spearman (Robert Duvall), Charley Waite (Kevin Costner), Mose Harrison, and Button free-graze their cattle across the vast prairies of the West, sharing a friendship forged by a steadfast code of honor and living a life unencumbered by civilization. When their wayward herd forces them near the small town of Harmonville, the cowboys encounter a corrupt sheriff and kingpin rancher who govern the territory through fear, tyranny and violence. Boss and Charley find themselves inextricably drawn towards an inevitable showdown, as they are forced to defend the freedom and values of a lifestyle that is all too quickly vanishing. Amidst the turmoil, life suddenly takes an unexpected turn for the loner Charley when he meets the beautiful and warm spirited Sue Barlow, a woman who embraces both his heart and his soul.
---Written by Sujit R. Varma

Rated "R" for violence
Running time = 139 minutes
Released August 2015

It was nominated for Golden Schmoes 2003 award for the "Best Line of the Year: "Men are going to get killed here today and I'm going to kill them."

It was the 2004 winner of the Western Heritage Award's "Bronze Wrangler" for Best Theatrical Motion Picture.