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n. Slang
A movie about frontier or cowboy life; a western.

[From the prominence of horses, known for their taste for oats, in such films.]


(Film) slang another name for Western


(ˈwɛs tərn)

1. lying toward or situated in the west.
2. directed or proceeding toward the west: a western migration.
3. coming or originating from the west, as a wind.
4. (often cap.) of or pertaining to the West in the U.S.
5. (usu. cap.) Occidental.
6. (usu. cap.) of or pertaining to the non-Communist countries of Europe and the Americas.
7. (cap.) of or pertaining to the Western Church.
8. (often cap.) a story, movie, or radio or television play about the U.S. West of the 19th century.
9. a person or thing from a western region or country.
[before 1050; Middle English, Old English westerne; see west, -ern]
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Granted, History has enjoyed considerable success with oaters in this particular window--witness the breakout ratings for "Hatfields & McCoys" in 2012--and one suspects "Texas Rising" could capitalize on a similar dynamic, albeit in a less-ostentatious way.
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oaters speeding down the Intracoastal Waterway off Casey Key may do a double take when they spot the three open-air Chinese pavilions with intricate red latticework and bold blue tile roofs--the tallest rising 27 feet above a meandering 48,000-gallon koi pond.
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Previous to shooting Gun Crazy he had shot Andre de Toth's Ramrod(1947) and Howard Hawks' Red River (1948), after a decade of filming dozens of oaters.
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In a typical example, a cowboy's flashy behind-the-back move echoes a piece of gunplay familiar from countless oaters, but his tools are brushes, not Colts; he is a cowboy painter, who works this way, he explains, "in order to release myself from the pedestrian constraints of mere representation.
With oaters on the brink of extinction, Jones offers hope.