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Paint Your Wagon (1969)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | 15 October 1969 (USA)
Two unlikely prospector partners share the same wife in a California gold rush mining town.

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A Michigan farmer and a prospector form a partnership in the California gold country. Their adventures include buying and sharing a wife, hijacking a stage, kidnaping six prostitutes, and turning their mining camp into a boomtown. Along the way there is plenty of drinking, gambling, and singing. They even find time to do some creative gold mining. Written by David J. Kiseleski <davidk269@aol.com>

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Ben and Pardner shared everything -- even their wife! See more »


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Rated PG-13 for thematic material | See all certifications »
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15 October 1969 (USA)  »

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La leyenda de la ciudad sin nombre  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)
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Julie Andrews turned down the role of Elizabeth. See more »

Goofs

When the group is discussing buying one of the Mormon's wives Tabor who is against the purchase of her for a wife declares that she is a married woman and Holbrook states "No she isn't! We don't recognize plural marriages in California!". But they do later when Mrs. Rumson comes up with the idea to marry pardner too. However, it was earlier stated in the film that Elizabeth is married to Ben Rumson through the governing of mining law, which also covers the point that mining partners get equal share of what is recognized by mining law as their claim. The Rumsons and Pardner use the latter fact as a loophole to justify the plural marriage. See more »

Quotes

Miner: Hey, Ben! These men came all the way from Fiddler's Camp, just to see your wife.
Ben Rumson: Well, looks like I married myself a tourist attraction.
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Referenced in The Chase Australia: Episode #2.61 (2016) See more »

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The First Thing You Know
Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Music by André Previn
Sung by Lee Marvin
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Clint CAN sing. Movie is a hoot.
18 December 1998 | by (Madison, WI) – See all my reviews

I once heard a critic state any movie where Clint Eastwood sings should be rated for violence. He must have never actually listened to this movie. Clint may not be the best voice in the cast but he is surely not the worst. As a young man he has a pleasant "everyman" kind of voice I ENJOY. And in addition to that this an outrageously funny and moving movie.


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