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Paint Your Wagon -- A Michigan farmer and a prospector form a partnership in the California gold country.
Paint Your Wagon -- Two unlikely prospector partners share the same wife in a California gold rush mining town.

Overview

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Director:
Writers:
Alan Jay Lerner (book)
Alan Jay Lerner (screenplay)
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Release Date:
15 October 1969 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Stake Your Claim To The Musical Goldmine of '69! See more »
Plot:
Two unlikely prospector partners share the same wife in a California gold rush mining town. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
It still grabs ya See more (106 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lee Marvin ... Ben Rumson

Clint Eastwood ... Pardner

Jean Seberg ... Elizabeth

Harve Presnell ... Rotten Luck Willie

Ray Walston ... Mad Jack Duncan

Tom Ligon ... Horton Fenty
Alan Dexter ... Parson
William O'Connell ... Horace Tabor

Benny Baker ... Haywood Holbrook (as Ben Baker)
Alan Baxter ... Mr. Fenty
Paula Trueman ... Mrs. Fenty

Robert Easton ... Atwell
Geoffrey Norman ... Foster

H.B. Haggerty ... Steve Bull
Terry Jenkins ... Joe Mooney
Karl Bruck ... Schermerhorn
John Mitchum ... Jacob Woodling
Sue Casey ... Sarah Woodling

Eddie Little Sky ... Indian
Harvey Parry ... Higgins
H.W. Gim ... Wong
William Mims ... Frock-coated man

Roy Jenson ... Hennessey
Patrick Hawley ... Clendennon (as Pat Hawley)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (as The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)
Ralph Barr ... Member of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (uncredited)

Cal Bartlett ... Miner (uncredited)

Rodney Bingenheimer ... Crowd member (uncredited)

Joe Brooks ... Miner (uncredited)
Boyd Cabeen ... Miner (uncredited)
Tony Colti ... Miner (uncredited)
Danielle Cotet ... French Bawd (uncredited)
Chris Darrow ... Member of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (uncredited)
Walt Davis ... Man (uncredited)
Dolores Domasin ... Princess Hummingbird - Parson's Wife (uncredited)
Tony Epper ... Miner (uncredited)
Henry A. Escalante ... Miner (uncredited)
Jimmie Fadden ... Member of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (uncredited)
George Fargo ... Miner (uncredited)

Richard Farnsworth ... Miner (uncredited)
Lee Faulkner ... Miner (uncredited)
Amber Flower ... Larua Sue Fenty (uncredited)
Barbara Gabrielle ... French Bawd (uncredited)
Tony Giorgio ... Card Player (uncredited)
James Goodnow ... Miner (uncredited)
Jeff Hanna ... Member of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (uncredited)
Paul Harper ... Miner (uncredited)
Lars Hensen ... Miner (uncredited)
Roger Herren ... Miner (uncredited)
Robert S. Holman ... Zebulon - men's chorus (uncredited)
Rena Horten ... French Bawd (uncredited)
John Hudkins ... Miner (uncredited)
Leroy Johnson ... Miner (uncredited)

Daniel Keough ... Pioneer (uncredited)
Nick Klar ... Miner (uncredited)
Walt La Rue ... Miner (uncredited)

Harry Lauter ... Peddler (uncredited)
Larry Martinelli ... Miner (uncredited)
Marina Maubert ... French Bawd (uncredited)

John McEuen ... Member of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (uncredited)
John McKee ... Miner (uncredited)
Wayne McLaren ... Miner (uncredited)
Stephen Mitchell ... Bar patron (uncredited)
Michele Montau ... French Bawd (uncredited)
Michael Donovan O'Donnell ... Miner (uncredited)
Frank Orsatti ... Miner (uncredited)
Edward Rickard ... Miner (uncredited)
Dar Robinson ... Miner (uncredited)
Victor Romito ... Miner (uncredited)
Gabrielle Rossillon ... French Bawd (uncredited)
David Sharpe ... Miner (uncredited)

Jerome Sheldon ... Miner (uncredited)
Patricia Smith ... Dance Hall Girl (uncredited)
Murray Staff ... Miner (uncredited)

Lisa Todd ... American Bawd (uncredited)
Buddy Van Horn ... Miner (uncredited)
Fred Waugh ... Miner (uncredited)
Jerry Whittington ... Gold Prospector (uncredited)
Jack Williams ... Miner (uncredited)
Jay S. York ... Miner (uncredited)
Joe Yrigoyen ... Miner (uncredited)

Directed by
Joshua Logan 
 
Writing credits
Alan Jay Lerner (book and lyrics by)

Alan Jay Lerner (screenplay)

Paddy Chayefsky (adaptation)

Produced by
Alan Jay Lerner .... producer
Tom Shaw .... associate producer
 
Cinematography by
William A. Fraker (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Robert C. Jones 
 
Production Design by
John Truscott 
 
Art Direction by
Carl Braunger 
 
Set Decoration by
James L. Berkey  (as James I. Berkey)
 
Costume Design by
John Truscott 
 
Makeup Department
Frank McCoy .... makeup artist
Vivienne Walker .... hair stylist (as Vivian Zavitz)
Don Marando .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Jan Van Uchelen .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Carl Beringer .... production manager
Fred Lemoine .... production manager
Barry Stern .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
Barry Stern .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fred Lemoine .... second unit director
Al Murphy .... first assistant director: second unit
Jack Roe .... first assistant director
Tom Shaw .... second unit director
 
Art Department
Robert Eaton .... property (as Bob Eaton)
Lloyd R. Apperson .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Irwin 'Eppy' Epstein .... drapery (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Fred Hynes .... stereophonic re-recording supervisor
William Randall .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Maurice Ayers .... special effects
Larry Hampton .... special effects
Daniel Hays .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Emile Avery .... stunts (uncredited)
Buff Brady .... stunts (uncredited)
Steven Burnett .... stunts (uncredited)
Boyd Cabeen .... stunt double (uncredited)
Ross Dollarhyde .... stunts (uncredited)
Patty Elder .... stunts (uncredited)
Tony Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Henry A. Escalante .... stunts (uncredited)
Diamond Farnsworth .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Farnsworth .... stunts (uncredited)
Lee Faulkner .... stunts (uncredited)
Jim Feazell .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hicks .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Hudkins .... stunts (uncredited)
John Hudkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Loren Janes .... stunts (uncredited)
Leroy Johnson .... stunts (uncredited)
Monty Jordan .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Walt La Rue .... stunts (uncredited)
Harrold Laswell .... stunts (uncredited)
Sharon Lucas .... stunts (uncredited)
Rod McGaughy .... stunts (uncredited)
John McKee .... stunts (uncredited)
Wayne McLaren .... stunts (uncredited)
Frank Orsatti .... stunts (uncredited)
Harvey Parry .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Dar Robinson .... stunts (uncredited)
Victor Romito .... stunts (uncredited)
David Sharpe .... stunts (uncredited)
Mary Statler .... stunts (uncredited)
Gibb Stepp .... stunts (uncredited)
Buddy Van Horn .... stunt double (uncredited)
Fred Waugh .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Williams .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Yrigoyen .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bobby Byrne .... assistant camera (as Bob Byrne)
Loyal Griggs .... photographer: second unit
Tom May .... key grip
Joe Smith .... gaffer
Nelson Tyler .... aerial photographer
David M. Walsh .... camera operator (as David Walsh)
Dick Colean .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Richard Debolt .... camera & mechanical design (uncredited)
Jack Gereghty .... still photographer (uncredited)
Wynn Hammer .... still photographer (uncredited)
Michael A. Jones .... electrician (uncredited)
David Macdonald .... grip (uncredited)
Jerry Whittington .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bill Jobe .... costume supervisor
Anne Laune .... costume coordinator
Haleen K. Holt .... costume illustrator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Joseph J. Lilley .... choral arranger
Joseph J. Lilley .... music assistant to producers
Frederick Loewe .... music by
André Previn .... music: for additional songs by
Nelson Riddle .... conductor
Roger Wagner .... conductor: choral music
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Carl Fortina .... musician: accordion soloist (uncredited)
Anita Gordon .... singing voice: Jean Seberg (uncredited)
Willard Jones .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Salamunovich .... choral singer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Alfred Schultz .... transportation coordinator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Jack Baker .... choreographer: "Gold Fever" and "Best Things"
Cheryl Crawford .... presented on the stage by
Joseph Curtis .... dialogue coach
Jonas Halperin .... assistant to producer
Gene Levy .... production coordinator
David Stone Martin .... title designer
Marshall J. Wolins .... script supervisor (as Marshall Wolins)
Dominic Santarone .... caterer (uncredited)
Ruth Santarone .... caterer (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for thematic material (re-rating) (2001)
Runtime:
158 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (35 mm prints) | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-8 | Netherlands:14 (1970) | Norway:16 | Peru:PT | Singapore:PG | Spain:13 | Sweden:11 | UK:PG | UK:A (original rating) | USA:TV-14 (TV rating) | USA:M (original rating) (Approved No. 22069) | USA:PG-13 (re-rating) (2001) | West Germany:16
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The first attempt to film this property was by Louis B. Mayer and Jack Cummings in 1957. It was planned as a Cinerama release with a screenplay by John Lee Mahin and new songs by Alan Jay Lerner and Arthur Schwartz. The project was abandoned when Mayer died. Gary Cooper was being sought to play Ben Rumson.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: At the end of the movie, the tunnel system collapses and the buildings start to topple over. In several shots the cables used to pull over various buildings are clearly apparent, even though it appears that attempts were made to camouflage them with pennants. What gives it away is that the 'pennants' (until the buildings they are attached to topple over) are clearly under far too much strain to be merely hung as decorations.See more »
Quotes:
Mr. Fenty:Horton, how did that bottle get in your pocket? HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DRINKING HARD LIQUOR?
Horton:Well, since this afternoon. I know you don't approve, Pop, but believe me, until you've had a good cigar and a shot of whiskey, you're missing the second and third best things in life.
Rumson:Horton!
Pardner:Where'd you take him, Ben?
Elizabeth:Damn you, Ben Rumson. What are you going to teach this boy next? How to cheat at cards, or just physical education with one of Willie's floozies?
Horton:That's the best one, Pop!
Rumson:Horton!
Elizabeth:Is that what you did today, Ben?
[...]
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Soundtrack:
They Call The Wind MariaSee more »

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17 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
It still grabs ya, 28 July 2004
Author: orthogonal6 from US

Is the movie great? No, but it is a good one. If it were great, it would not suffer from it's long running time. A wider audience would no doubt warm to a shorter version. More is the pity, too, because the movie has much to offer. The scenery is beautiful; the sets reconstructions are first rate. Listen to the lyrics of some of the songs ('Gold Fever' and 'The First Thing You Know' are two good examples) and you can appreciate the wordsmithing skill of Alan Jay Lerner. If you like a large all-male chorus, the film offers some of the best singing of that kind you are likely to hear. Listen especially during 'There's a Coach Coming In'.

I must confess a guilty admiration for characters who are unapologetically amoral and corrupt, at least as defined by 'respectable society'. I wouldn't necessarily want one for a neighbor or even a friend (well .. maybe), but they are fascinating on film or stage. If the film is a comedy, they can be hilarious and often steal the show. All you need is the right actor to fill the role. Paint Your Wagon offers one of the most uproariously amoral characters on film, brought to amazing life by Lee Marvin. He delivers Ben Rumson's imminently quotable home-spun philosophy of life with great relish and comedic timing. Can he sing? No. But then would a somewhat dissipated Gold Rush miner likely be a good singer? His non-singing actually fits.

The rest of the cast is good but not exceptional. Ray Walston is memorable as Mad Jack. I still find it hard to spot the actor I am used to behind the beard and accent. He also has some great lines. Harve Presnell is the only truly major-league singer in the cast and delivers the most memorable song. The remaining actors are adequate. Eastwood is good but replaceable. Jean Seaberg is not Meryl Streep but is certainly easy on the eyes. The townsfolk are solid.

An enjoyable movie, with Lee Marvin's performance worth the price of admission. It is too bad it requires such a long time commitment to experience it all.

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