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The Misfits (1961)

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A sexy divorcée falls for an over-the-hill cowboy who is struggling to maintain his romantically independent lifestyle in early-sixties Nevada.

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Roslyn divorces Ray in Reno and then meets widower Guido. He likes her but introduces her to cowboy Gay, and those two fall in love. When she learns that Gay, Guido and Perce are going to turn wild horses ("misfits") into dog food, she protests. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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'SMASHING' thru the Excitement Barrier ! See more »

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1 February 1961 (USA)  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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[Eli Wallach in 1983] "Thanks to Marilyn, I was one of the first to be cast, and then I watched my name drop lower and lower in the credits as Gable and Clift and Thelma Ritter one by one came aboard. They're all gone now, James Barton too. Marilyn and I had become very close friends several years before while she was working at the Actor's Studio. While I was doing "Teahouse," she'd come backstage to watch me from the wings night after night. When she was preparing "The Misfits," she told Arthur she wanted me to be in it. It was sad to watch her marriage breaking up while we were filming this valentine he had written to her. Gable was charming, as always, and Monty - well, he and Marilyn had this same self-destructive temperament. They were at a loss; they couldn't cope. It's easy to poke fun at those people - big stars - but it's very sad." See more »

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When Gable, Monroe, and Clift look at the horses in the distance with the binoculars, all three of them hold the binoculars upside down (but they still work, of course). See more »

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[first lines]
Isabelle Steers: Young man, do you have the time? I got six clocks in the house and none of them work.
Guido: Twenty after nine.
Isabelle Steers: After? It's twenty after, dear. Dahlin'. Five minutes.
Roslyn: What about you?
Isabelle Steers: I'm all set, I just tyin' my sling. The lawyer said nine thirty sharp, dahlin'.
Roslyn: Okay.
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Huston's film established Marilyn Monroe as a dramatic sensuous actress...

"The Misfits" is literally about four people who don't fit into society… A divorcée (Monroe) meets cowboy Langland (Gable), who is getting too old for his job… They decide to live together… A former rodeo star (Clift) and an unemployed mechanic (Wallach) join in the drifting…

Huston's masculine images are stripped of their former glory, existing only one rough exterior which fails to conceal what has been lost… Eventually the men agree to round up wild mustangs for a dog food manufacturer…

Scenes of the trio and Monroe speeding across the prairie in a beaten-up truck, raising a hurricane of dust while attempting to rope the stallions, are the strongest evocations of lost souls wandering in time…

Huston's film established Marilyn Monroe as a dramatic sensuous actress, thus liberating her from a decade of steamy cheesecake roles in sexy comedies…


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