Cowboys & Aliens


1h 58m 2011

Brief Synopsis

1873. Arizona Territory. A stranger with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don't welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde. It's a town that lives in fear. But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Screaming down with breathtaking velocity and blinding lights to abduct the helpless one by one, these monsters challenge everything the residents have ever known. Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. As this gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is and where he's been, he realizes he holds a secret that could give the town a fighting chance against the alien force. With the help of the elusive traveler Ella, he pulls together a posse comprised of former opponents-townsfolk, Dolarhyde and his boys, outlaws and Apache warriors-all in danger of annihilation. United against a common enemy, they will prepare for an epic showdown for survival.

Film Details

Also Known As
Cowboys and Aliens, Cowboys et Aliens, Cowboys et envahisseurs, Cowboys och Indianer
MPAA Rating
Genre
Action
Thriller
Western
Period
Adaptation
Sci-Fi
Release Date
2011
Production Company
Maureen O'Heron
Distribution Company
AMBLIN PARTNERS/UNIVERSAL PICTURES
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA; Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 58m

Synopsis

1873. Arizona Territory. A stranger with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don't welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde. It's a town that lives in fear. But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Screaming down with breathtaking velocity and blinding lights to abduct the helpless one by one, these monsters challenge everything the residents have ever known. Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. As this gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is and where he's been, he realizes he holds a secret that could give the town a fighting chance against the alien force. With the help of the elusive traveler Ella, he pulls together a posse comprised of former opponents-townsfolk, Dolarhyde and his boys, outlaws and Apache warriors-all in danger of annihilation. United against a common enemy, they will prepare for an epic showdown for survival.

Crew

Melissa Abad

Software Engineer

Douglas Neal Acton

Medic

Ruben Jimenez Acuñia

Welder

Andrew Aguilar

Production Assistant

Jessica Alcorn

Digital Artist

Bobby Aldridge

Stunts

Marco Alicea

Sound

Brett Allen

Software Engineer

Georgia Allen

Prosthetic Makeup

Antonio Almaraz

Set Costumer

Christian Alzmann

Xfx Art Direction

Deborah Ambrosino

Costumer

John Amorelli

Electrician

Ryan Andersen

Visual Effects

Pete Anderson

Carpenter

Brett Andrews

Armourer

Slamm Andrews

Music Engineer

Carlos Anguiano

Digital Artist

Greg Aprahamian

Special Effects Technician

Fred Arbegast

Sculptor

Nestor Arce

Production Assistant

Joe Ardent

Visual Effects Editor

Diego Arroyo

Electrician

Cristina Atkin

Modelmaker

J C Augare

Stunts

James Augare

Stunts

Scotty Augare

Wrangler

Roy Augenstein

Special Effects Technician

James Austin

Sound Engineer

Patrice Avery

Visual Effects Producer

Todd Avery

Camera

Joe Bacharka

Electrician

Garry T. Bailey

Props

Paul Baker

Props Assistant

Jerome Bakum

Visual Effects Editor

Terry Baliel

Hair Stylist

Marc Banich

Special Effects Technician

Leigh Barbier

Digital Artist

Andrew Bardusk

Compositor

Adam Barker

Plasterer

Scott Barnes

Lighting Technician

Thomas A Barrios

Camera Assistant

Christopher Barron

Foley Recordist

Christopher Barron

Sound Recordist

Daryl Bartley

Visual Effects

John Bartnicki

Assistant

Anthony Bartra

Grip

Michael Bauman

Chief Lighting Technician

David D. Baumann

Property Master

Basel Bazlamit

Visual Effects

Jody Beaudin

Accounting Assistant

Samantha Becker

Assistant

Kevin Bell

Digital Artist

Elias Benavidez

Production Assistant

Greg Benge

Property Master

Maria Bentfield

Set Costumer

J Andres Berkstein

Cgi Artist

Cliff Berns

Painter

David L Bethel

Medic

Ashley Bettini

Production Assistant

Jeff Bettis

Grip

Kim Bianco

Software Engineer

Whitney Bickers

Assistant

Mark Bishop

Wrangler

Michael Blackbourn

Visual Effects

Robin Blagg

Foreman

Meg Blissell

Painter

Jeremy Bloch

Digital Artist

Jeffrey Boam

Other

Russell Bobbitt

Property Master

Mike Boden

Compositor

Peter Bogatsky

Digital Artist

Cory Lynn Bol

Travel Coordinator

Mike Bonnaud

Chief Lighting Technician

Jason Bonnell

Assistant Location Manager

Dan Bornstein

Digital Artist

Erin Bosworth

Compositor

David Boucher

Special Effects Technician

Christopher Boyes

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Christopher Boyes

Sound Designer

James Boysen

Transportation Captain

Jesse Don Brackenbury

Wrangler

Kyle Bramwell

Wrangler

Brian Branton

Grip

Michael Breymann

Digital Artist

Svetlana Britt

Makeup Supervisor

Shannon Brock

On-Set Dresser

Jill Brooks

Visual Effects Producer

Brian Lee Brown

Stunts

William Paul Brown

Stunts

David Brownlow

Sound

Richard Bucher

Stunts

Chad Buehler

Digital Artist

Romain Buignet

Visual Effects

Brian Bulinski

Craft Service

Charles Bunnag

Colorist

Richard Buoen

Illustrator

Christopher Burian-mohr

Art Director

Michael Buster

Dialect Coach

Ashley Butler

Modelmaker

Corrine Butler

Production Assistant

Sarah Byrden

Production Assistant

Howard Cabalfin

Digital Artist

Danny Caccavo

Sound Editing

Owen Calouro

Digital Artist

Lorrie Campbell

Set Designer

Marshall Candland

Digital Artist

Andrew Canton

Production Assistant

Berlinda Cantu-lewis

Hair Stylist

Lauren Carara

Visual Effects Coordinator

Derrick Carlin

Animator

Chris Carlson

Stunts

Tim Carlson

Stand-In

Tamara Carlson-woodard

Visual Effects

Huey Carroll

Digital Artist

Tami Carter

Digital Artist

Jerry Carville

Accountant

David Casey

Visual Effects

Michael Cashore

Compositing Supervisor

Gloria Pasqua Casny

Hair

Chris Castaldi

Assistant Director

Alicia Castro-chicol

Production Assistant

Halli Cauthery

Music

Bernard O Ceguerra

Digital Artist

Scott Chambliss

Production Designer

Charmaine Chan

Visual Effects Editor

Justin Tatsuo Chan

Production Assistant

Hui Ling Chang

Production Manager

Kai Chang

Digital Artist

Hunter Chase

Visual Effects

Peter Chase

Craft Service

Jeffrey A Chavers

Carpenter

Tristan S Chavez

Loader

Lance Cheatham

On-Set Dresser

Charles W Chesser

Sculptor

John Chichester

Set Designer

David Chrastka

Sound Effects Editor

Jeppe Nygaard Christensen

Visual Effects

Marc Chu

Animation Supervisor

Paul Churchill

Digital Artist

Joseph Cicio

Camera Operator

Oliver Clark

Video Assist/Playback

Brian Claus

Special Effects Technician

William Clouter

Grip

James Clyne

Concept Artist

James Coffin

Grip

Bobby Cohen

Executive Producer

Rupert Cole

Transportation

Dustin Colson

Cgi Artist

Craig Conaway

Stunts

Kit Conners

Production Assistant

Pat Conran

Digital Artist

Javier Contreras

Modelmaker

Tony Contreras

Modelmaker

Eric P Cook

Special Effects Foreman

Ben Cooke

Stunt Double

Chase Cooper

Cg Supervisor

Karin Cooper

Visual Effects Supervisor

Ken Cornett

Special Effects Technician

Bill Corso

Makeup Artist

Nick Costantino

Accounting Assistant

Jeff Couch

Transportation Captain

John Countryman

Video

Alison Cox

Stand-In

Daniel Cox

Digital Artist

Chris Craine

Production Assistant

Jonathan Crazybull

Stunts

Stuart Cripps

Digital Artist

Janelle Croshaw

Digital Artist

Magela Crosignani

Camera Operator

Kevin Cross

Set Designer

Donna Dubuc Curtis

Digital Artist

Devon Cutler

Concept Artist

Kathryn Czark

Set Costumer

Beth D'amato

Rotoscope Artist

Steve Dale

Assistant Director

Tommy Dangcil

Electrician

Jeff Dashnaw

Stunts

Donald Davidson

Electrician

Morgan Davis

Grip

Rick Davis

Transportation Captain

Erick De La Vega

Digital Artist

Michel Deascentiis

Production Assistant

Jeff Deist

Modelmaker

Michael Dellheim

Location Manager

Lou Demarco

Camera

Peter Demarest

Digital Artist

Carol Demarti

Hair

Eric C Dennis

Property Master

Mike Derry

Special Effects Technician

Maria Devane

Post-Production Accountant

Michelle Deville

Visual Effects

Lou Diaz

Modelmaker

Judi Dickerson

Dialect Coach

Aaron Dickinson

Stand-In

Michael Dicomo

Visual Effects Supervisor

Michael Dillon

Film Lab

Michael Dobbs

Compositor

Dwight Dollins

Grip

Emily Dominguez

Set Costumer

Film Details

Also Known As
Cowboys and Aliens, Cowboys et Aliens, Cowboys et envahisseurs, Cowboys och Indianer
MPAA Rating
Genre
Action
Thriller
Western
Period
Adaptation
Sci-Fi
Release Date
2011
Production Company
Maureen O'Heron
Distribution Company
AMBLIN PARTNERS/UNIVERSAL PICTURES
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA; Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 58m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Wide Release in United States Summer July 29, 2011

Released in United States on Video December 6, 2011

Based on the graphic novel "Cowboys & Aliens" created by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, written by Fred Van Lente and Andrew Foley and published by Platinum Studios in December, 2006.

Robert Downey, Jr. was previously attached to star.

Project belongs to what Platinum Studios calls "Macroverse," which also includes "Atlantis Rising," set up with Valhalla Motion Pictures and "Unique," set up at the Walt Disney Co./Touchstone.

Project previously in development at Columbia Pictures and Escape Artists.

Wide Release in United States Summer July 29, 2011

DreamWorks covered half the film's estimated $163 million budget while Universal and Relativity financed the other half.

Released in United States on Video December 6, 2011