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The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)

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A hobo accidentally stumbles onto a water spring, and creates a profitable way station in the middle of the desert.


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Double-crossed and left without water in the desert, Cable Hogue is saved when he finds a spring. It is in just the right spot for a much needed rest stop on the local stagecoach line, and Hogue uses this to his advantage. He builds a house and makes money off the stagecoach passengers. Hildy, a sex worker from the nearest town, moves in with him. Hogue has everything going his way until the advent of the automobile ends the era of the stagecoach. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Cable Hogue says..."Do unto others... as you would have others do unto you." See more »


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Release Date:

22 May 1970 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Balladen om Cable Hogue  »

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$3,716,946 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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The chaotic filming wrapped 19 days over schedule and $3 million over budget, terminating Sam Peckinpahs tenure with Warner Bros./Seven Arts, and caused permanent damage to his career. The critical and box office hits Deliverance (1972) and Jeremiah Johnson (1972) were in development at the time, and Peckinpah was considered the first choice to direct them. His departure from Warner Brothers left him with a limited number of directing jobs. Peckinpah was forced to do a 180-degree turn from this film, and travelled to England to direct Straw Dogs (1971), one of his darkest and most psychologically disturbing films. See more »


When Cable leaves the land claim office, he walks in front of a black horse facing right. The next shot the black horse is facing left. See more »


Cable Hogue: I'll live to spit on your grave!
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Referenced in That Moment: Magnolia Diary (2000) See more »


Tomorrow is the Song I Sing (Main Title)
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Lyrics by Richard Gillis
Performed by Richard Gillis
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A movie you will always remember
8 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw The Ballad of Cable Hogue while stationed in Virginia. I am not a huge fan of westerns, but this movie is one of the finest movies I have ever seen. The music itself makes the movie endearing and the characters and what they do makes the movie interesting from the start. It's a story of revenge, but there's no shoot 'em up heroics and bloody corpses lying around. Cable bides his time. What happens during this time is hilarious and the preacher is Cable's best friend. The ending is a twist that left me stunned and speechless. I won't say what happened cause there may be someone out there that has not seen the movie yet, but I highly recommend this movie. It is pure enjoyment and I am hoping that it is re-released in DVD with Dolby stereo enhancement, cause the music at the beginning is very moving. You will be humming that tune for the rest of your life. Thank you for reading my input. I would appreciate an email if the movie will be out on DVD someday.

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