A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Follow your passion. Find strength to overcome obstacles. Gain confidence through the support of family and friends.
Positive Role Models
Robin Wiltshire's grandfather is a highly-decorated Australian war hero who rides horseback during combat. Robin's grandmother helps him learn how to read and also encourages her grandson to believe in himself and purse his interest in horses. According to Robin, one of his horses helps change his life by teaching him to be a humble and patient individual. The horse trainer lands a cigarette advertisement audition and a job with help from a colleague.
There's a scene from the film Django Unchained starring African American actor Jamie Foxx riding horseback, as well as an image of a teepee in a movie scene.
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Violence & Scariness
There are images of fire burning property, guns, as well as mentions about war and engaging in combat while riding horseback.
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Robin’s grandfather tells him that he'll "amount to nothing"; and as a kid who was a loner and couldn't read and speak well, Robin is referred to as the "runt of the litter" among family members.
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Products & Purchases
References and images include archival footage with signs promoting rodeos; scenes from Western movies featuring actors such as Clint Eastwood, Jamie Foxx, and John Wayne; cigarette and beer TV commercials; and apparel with designs, logos, and messages.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Images include smoking, a pack of cigarettes, and archival footage of cigarette and beer TV ads.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that My Heroes Were Cowboys is a short documentary about horse trainer Robin Wiltshire. With his passion for cowboys and horses since his childhood days in Australian, Robin goes on to become an expert in Hollywood teaching horses for film and TV roles, including the Clydesdales who starred in a Super Bowl commercial. A grandparent tells Robin that he'll "amount to nothing," and Robin is referred to as the "runt of the litter" among family. Images include smoking, fire burning property, guns, and archival footage of cigarette and beer TV ads. Positive messages include having the drive to follow through on a passion in life while also overcoming obstacles, as well as gaining confidence through the support offered from family and friends. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
My Heroes Were Cowboys is a captivatingly concise, yet comprehensive, documentary short about horse trainer Robin Wiltshire. "I would say I was about 10 or 11," recalls the Australian native, "I went into this movie theater and I was mesmerized" with American movie Westerns and horses. "Robin is very passionate about re-creating the old wild West," says his wife Kate about his love. The couple, along with their son Patrick, relocate to live on a Wyoming ranch where Robin trains horses for film and TV roles. "As much love that you can put into them," says Robin about the horses he refers to as his kids, "they're going to give it back to you." My Heroes Were Cowboys is well-worth-the-ride storytelling that can encourage dialogue about the journey it takes to pursue one's passions and the steps to take to get there.
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