Cowboys and Aliens Movie

First Contact. Last Stand.

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Who's Involved:

Jon Favreau, Daniel Craig, Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford, Abigail Spencer, Clancy Brown, Damon Lindelof, Sam Rockwell, Brian Grazer, Olivia Wilde, Ron Howard, Alex Kurtzman, Paul Dano, Roberto Orci, Adam Beach, Keith Carradine, Mark Fergus, Noah Ringer, Hawk Ostby, Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, Ervin Rustemagic

Release Date:

Friday, July 29 , 2011

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 1 hr, 52 m

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A 19th-century gunslinger (Daniel Craig) unites townspeople, outlaws and a band of Apache warriors against an extraterrestrial threat.

Cowboys and Aliens Plot: What's the story?

1875. New Mexico Territory. A stranger (Daniel Craig) 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 (Harrison Ford). 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 (Olivia Wilde), 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.

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Film Details & Notes: What do we know about Cowboys and Aliens?

  1. Cowboys and Aliens is based on the Image Comics graphic novel written by Fred Van Lente and Andrew Foley. That graphic novel was published in 2006, but Hollywood has been hot for the high concept project since the movie was first acquired by Universal and DreamWorks in 1997. That sale was made based on a one-sheet of a cowboy and a space ship, with Steve Oedekerk aboard to write and direct. The project subsequently moved to Columbia Pictures and Escape Artists, and then back to Universal and DreamWorks, and the script has been through at least seven writers or writer teams.

Crew and Production Credits: Who's making Cowboys and Aliens?

A look at the Cowboys and Aliens behind-the-scenes crew and production team. The film's director Jon Favreau last directed The Lion King and The Jungle Book. The film's writer Mark Fergus last wrote Akira and Nocturne.


Jon Favreau


Brian Grazer
Ron Howard
Alex Kurtzman
Roberto Orci
Scott Mitchell Rosenberg

Production Timeline: When did the Cowboys and Aliens come together?

On or about June 28, 2011 • The film was in Completed status.

On or about September 30, 2010 • The film was in Post-Production status.

On or about June 18, 2010 • The film was in Production status.

On or about January 11, 2010 • The film was in Pre-Production status.

On or about November 14, 2008 • The film was in Development status.

Cowboys and Aliens Release Date: When was it released?

Cowboys and Aliens was released in 2011 on Friday, July 29, 2011 in 3,750 theaters. There were 12 other movies released on the same date, including Crazy, Stupid, Love, The Smurfs and The Devil's Double.
United States
July 29, 2011 Nationwide
July 29, 2011

When will the movie be on DVD?

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

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