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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Complete credited cast:
James Barton ...
Fletcher's Grandfather
Raymond Taber
Church Lady Collecting Money in Bar


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 <>

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1 February 1961 (USA)  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.66 : 1
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When the film premiered in February 1961 Marilyn Monroe was being treated at a psychiatric hospital. See more »


When the group gets ready to leave the house for the rodeo, as Clark Gable delivers the line, "honey, when you smile, it's like the sun coming up", directly under his chin an open doorway can be seen; just inside this doorway, a bushy haired crew member is clearly visible, and moves quickly to the left in an attempt to get out of the camera shot. See more »


[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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Excellent acting and profound script
29 February 2000 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

I've always wanted to see this movie because of the legendary actors associated with it and yesterday I finally rented it. I can't say it is an entertaining movie, but it is certainly profound and stays with you.

Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe and Montgomery Clift were all wonderful. There is something extra poignant about the casting of these three actors. It is like "misfits" playing misfits. Knowing that it is Clark Gable's and Marilyn Monroe's last film added to the aura of finality at the end. Marilyn Monroe definitely does not get the credit she deserves as the fine actress she was. Even her character is trying to get beyond the external first impression she makes on men.

It is the first film I've seen of Montgomery Clift's. What a fine actor! He brought enormous depth to his character--much of which was portrayed without speaking.

Once again, if you're looking for an entertaining film, you may be disappointed. If you're looking for an interesting blend of characters who, in many ways, are mirrors of the actors playing them, then rent the Misfits. It is packed with stars but not with glitzy star quality, just no-holds-barred, uninhibited acting.

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