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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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$31,678,778 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Lee Marvin was apparently drunk nearly every day of filming. See more »

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When the parson arrives in town he is riding up the main street and he stops a moment just before the huge banner that stretches across the street. He hears Atwell ask Mrs. Rumson how her husbands are which shocks him. He calls everyone animals and pagans but then they show him in the next shot as he's starts riding up the street again praying and the banner is now way behind him. See more »

Quotes

Mad Jack Duncan: You tell no one about what we're doing here, you get me? If you so much as breath a word about this, I'll put a stick of dynamite in your mouth, do you get me?
Horton: I swear before God...
Mad Jack Duncan: I said no one!
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Cave Dwellers (1991) See more »

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I'm On My Way
(Main Title)
Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Music by Frederick Loewe
Sung by The Chorus
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Beautiful
26 November 2003 | by (KCMO) – See all my reviews

***SPOILERS, IF ANYONE CARES****

And I HATE musicals!

This film falls in with 'Little Shop of Horrors' and 'The Blues Brothers' in the very short list of musicals I really love.

It's Lee Marvin who makes the film. You could have replaced Eastwood or Seberg with almost any other actor or actress; it's Marvin's performance as Ben Rumson that brings this movie to life. All the way through, his facial expressions communicate volumes about his character

  • for a quick instance, watch his eyes as he prepares to eulogize
Pardner's dead brother in an early scene.

Anyone else could have played Pardner or Elizabeth and done as good a job, but Lee Marvin gave us a Ben Rumson that I don't think anyone could equal. He does more just by his looks and body comedy than could be expected.

If you disagree, please go back and watch what I think is his best scene: Rumson trying to walk nonchalantly away from No Name City as it sinks into the collapsing tunnels he built under it.

A fantastic film. It's only average, if you don't have the capacity to fast-forward through Eastwood's and Seberg's songs.


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