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"Cowboys & Aliens," directed by blockbuster filmmaker Jon Favreau ("Iron Man," "Iron Man 2") and starring Daniel Craig ("Casino Royale," "Quantum of Solace") and Harrison Ford ("Indiana Jones" franchise, "Star Wars" series), is an event film that crosses the classic Western with the alien-invasion movie in a bold and blazingly original way.

Joined by an arsenal of top moviemakers—Steven Spielberg ("Jaws," "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial," "Jurassic Park"), Brian Grazer ("8 Mile," "A Beautiful Mind," "American Gangster") and Ron Howard ("Apollo 13," "A Beautiful Mind," "The Da Vinci Code"), as well as Alex Kurtzman ("Star Trek," "Transformers") and Roberto Orci ("Star Trek," "Transformers")—Favreau brings an all-new action-thriller that will take audiences into the Old West, where a lone cowboy leads an uprising against a terror from beyond our world.

1875. New Mexico Territory. A stranger (Craig) with no memory of his past stumbles into the hardscrabble 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 (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 mysterious visitors 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 what he's experienced, 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, "Tron: Legacy," "The Change-Up"), he pulls together a posse comprised of former opponents—townsfolk, Dolarhyde and his boys, outlaws and Chiricahua Apache warriors—all in danger of annihilation.

Unlikely allies united against a common enemy, they will prepare for an epic showdown for survival. Joining Craig, Ford and Wilde for the action-thriller are Sam Rockwell (Iron Man 2) as saloon owner Doc and ANA de la Reguera ("Eastbound and Down") as his wife, Maria; Adam Beach ("Flags of Our Fathers") as Colonel Dolarhyde's right-hand man, Nat Colorado; Paul Dano ("There Will Be Blood") as Dolarhyde's cowardly son, Percy; Clancy Brown ("The Shawshank Redemption") as Absolution's plain-spoken preacher, Meacham; and Keith Carradine (Nashville) as Sheriff John Taggart and Noah Ringer ("The Last Airbender") as his grandson, Emmett.

The screenplay for "Cowboys & Aliens" is by Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman & Damon Lindelof ("Lost") and Mark Fergus ("Children of Men," "Iron Man") & Hawk Ostby ("Children of Men," "Iron Man"), from a screen story by Fergus & Ostby and Steve Oedekerk ("Bruce Almighty"). It is based on Platinum Studios' "Cowboys and Aliens" by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg ("Men in Black"). Grazer, Howard, Kurtzman, Orci and Rosenberg produce. The accomplished behind-the-scenes crew for "Cowboys & Aliens" is led by director of photography Matthew Libatique ("Iron Man," "Black Swan"), production designer Scott Chambliss ("Star Trek," "Salt"), editors Dan Lebental ("Iron Man," "Elf") and Jim May ("The A-Team," "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra"), costume designer Mary Zohpres ("Iron Man 2," "True Grit") and composer Harry Gregson-Williams ("The Town," "Unstoppable").

Spielberg, Favreau, Denis L. Stewart ("Iron Man 2"), Bobby Cohen ("Revolutionary Road," "Memoirs of a Geisha"), Randy Greenberg ("Dylan Dog: Dead of Night," "Meet the Haunteds") and Ryan Kavanaugh ("Limitless," "Immortals") executive produce.

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Genre: Sci Fi
Runtime: 118 mins.
Release Date: July 29, 2011
Distributor: DreamWorks Pictures
Production Companies:
Reliance Entertainment
Relativity Media
Imagine Entertainment
K/O Paper Products
Fairview Entertainment
Platinum Studios

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