Cowboy Up

Synopsis: Two brothers, One is a bull rider, the other a rodeo bullfighter/stock contractor, clash over the love of barrel racer Celia Jones, while each comes into their own in their respective field in the rodeo world.
Director(s): Xavier Koller
Production: Destination Films
  1 win & 1 nomination.
105 min

Ladies and gentlemen...

Ely Braxton!

What you are about to see


ro-de-o history!

-Hey, Joe.

-How's Ely?

He's good.

-Hey, how you doing?

-Hey, Joe.

Did I leave the prescription?

Just like a wedding night.

Not my wedding night.

Here it is.

Let's get some coffee brewing.


-There you go.

-Watch the leg.

Now's the best time for us to

get him thinking, while he's

got the pain.

He's not gonna listen to

no doctor, and he's not

gonna listen to me.

That makes two of us.

Check it out, son!

It don't get better than this.

You know, it's funny.

It could've been anything,

from what I hear.

Football, baseball, wrestling.

You just chose bull riding,

is all.

Could've chose anything.

You still can, you know.


Choosing time's come and gone.

Well, maybe for riding bulls

or baseball,

but there's all sorts of other

things to look forward to,

all kinds of other choices

to make.

Never chose bull riding,


It just sort of chose me.

That might make it easier to

let it go then.

-Don't you think?

-It might.

We'll see.

I don't think there's

any other way to see it.

Are you two okay?

The doctor was

pretty clear about that.


Go on, take it down.


-The poster.

Take it down.

You sure?

I'm sure.

I started out

a bull rider, ended up

a bullfighter.

Best goddamn decision

I ever made.

PRCA bullfighting


and a few other things I could

mention if I wanted to.

Hold up now.

Point is, I've been doing this

for 15 years on both sides

of the chutes.

I can tell you one thing for

certain, there's only two

ways to ride a bull.

You can either make it happen,

or you can let it happen.

There's been a few champs

that have made it happen

but the really great riders,

the guys that have ridden

hard and long,

guys like George Paul,

Gary Leffew,

those guys just let it happen.

Are you giving them the

"you have to dance

with the bulls" speech again?

Ladies and gentlemen,

my brother Ely Braxton

is back.

And he'll be the first

to tell you, it starts here.

You've gotta clear your heart

and your head,

so that when you get on

that bull, you've already won.

It's just a dancing partner.

You just gotta be man enough

to let it lead.

You've gotta be able to have

enough confidence in yourself,

and faith that you can

sit back and let it happen.

It's attitude, pure attitude.

Whether you're

making a putt,

whether you're riding

a bull...


That's what separates

the best from the rest.

-Let's go.

Clean up the arena.

-All right.

Stay focused. Real simple.

Remember what

we talked about.

Clear your head.

Don't force anything on him.

Just react, okay? Okay.

-He's ready to dance,

so are you.

-Okay, man, let's go.





Get up. We gotta go to work.


-We gotta go to work.

I gotta pick up Connie

to do the vaccines.

You guys need anything else

from town?

Shots already? Seems like

we just did them.

-Always does.


-The shots.

-The shots!

Got it. We gotta do the shots.

You started it, man.

Thanks, Mom.

Hey, Doc.

Hold. Hold. Okay, he's safe.

-Where's Zapata?

-Who cares? He's a dud.

No one's ever ridden him.

Besides, he needs

his vaccination.

You won him in a card game.

It don't matter.

He needs his vaccination.

-Turn this one out

and go get him.

-All right.

Move! Move!

Guys, roll up Zapata.

Move, bull.


He's a big son of a buck.

Yeah. I wouldn't worry

about him. He's all bark,

no bite.

I'm just gonna

center this for you.


What the hell are

you doing? Get off!


What do you got, huh? Nothing!

What you got? Nothing!

Ely, get off the bull.

-Get off!

-This thing can kick, man!

Get off. You wanna

ride him, or you want me

to turn him out?

Hell no. Turn him out.

What are you talking about?

Get on this thing!

-Ely, get off the bull.

-I'm getting off.


Watch out. Look at him.

Nice dancing, brother.

He nipped you, too.

Thank God for my sneakers.

That's one hell of an athlete.

Number 24 and 21,

pick up your orders.



I think I got a cavity.

Take this.

-Do you put nutmeg

or clove on it?


-How do you know?

It's nutmeg.

-It's definitely clove.

-You're a vet, not a dentist.

-It's clove.

-Excuse me.

-What do you want?

What do you put on a cavity,

nutmeg or clove?


-She says nutmeg.

You're still gonna have

to get that looked at.

Yeah, when I get back.

-Back from where?


Hank's taking some bulls.

I thought I'd give him a hand.

Huh. When did you decide

on the Salinas thing?

Well, I need a change.

I need to do something new.

The ranch is getting old.

What's new about

a rinky-dink rodeo in Salinas?

It's just about being there,

being with some of the guys

and being around it.

Well, that's not new.

That's old.

If you want new,

I got plenty of ideas.

Oh, yeah? Like what?

You know,

you've been incredible.

You got hurt, and just went

on getting better,

getting on with your life.

You made it look

a lot easier than it's been.

It's been hard, I know.

Hard as hell.

Well, I got hurt sooner

than I wanted to.

But sooner or later,

most guys get hurt.

That's just the way it is.

You're gonna get carsick.

Sh*t. I thought I downloaded

this stuff.


There it is.

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James Redford

James Redford (September 18, 1821 – December 18, 1908) was an Ontario businessman and political figure. He represented Perth North in the House of Commons of Canada as a Liberal member from 1867 to 1872.He was born in Lilliesleaf, Roxburghshire, Scotland in 1821, the son of James Redford, was educated there, and went to Canada West in 1842. Redford taught in school for a time. He was later employed as a banker, lumber merchant, manufacturer and land speculator in Stratford and Mitchell. In 1851, Redford married Elizabeth Gouray. He served as superintendent of schools in Perth County and a member of the Stratford town council. He was a director of the Royal Canadian Bank and also served as captain in the local militia. Redford moved to Austin, Texas around 1876 and died there at the age of 87. more…

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