63 user 32 critic

The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)

2:55 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $1.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

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


1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Junior Bonner (1972)
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Ace Bonner returns to Arizona several years after he abandoned his family, Junior Bonner is a wild young man. Against the typical rodeo championship, family drama erupts.

Director: Sam Peckinpah
Stars: Steve McQueen, Robert Preston, Ida Lupino
Biography | Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An aging Pat Garrett is hired as a lawman on behalf of a group of wealthy New Mexico cattle barons--his sole purpose being to bring down his old friend Billy the Kid.

Director: Sam Peckinpah
Stars: James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, Richard Jaeckel
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An ex-union soldier is hired to transport gold from a mining community through dangerous territory. But what he doesn't realize is that his partner and old friend is plotting to double-cross him.

Director: Sam Peckinpah
Stars: Joel McCrea, Randolph Scott, Mariette Hartley
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An American bartender and his prostitute girlfriend go on a road trip through the Mexican underworld to collect a $1 million bounty on the head of a dead gigolo.

Director: Sam Peckinpah
Stars: Warren Oates, Isela Vega, Robert Webber
Major Dundee (1965)
Adventure | War | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In 1864, due to frequent Apache raids from Mexico into the US, a Union officer decides to illegally cross the border and destroy the Apache, using a mixed army of Union troops, Confederate POWs, civilian mercenaries and scouts.

Director: Sam Peckinpah
Stars: Charlton Heston, Richard Harris, Jim Hutton
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Mike Locke, who works for a private security firm affiliated with the CIA, is betrayed by his partner and left apparently crippled for life.

Director: Sam Peckinpah
Stars: James Caan, Robert Duvall, Arthur Hill
The Getaway (1972)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A recently released ex-con and his loyal wife go on the run after a heist goes awry.

Director: Sam Peckinpah
Stars: Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw, Ben Johnson
Cross of Iron (1977)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In 1943, in the Russian front, the decorated leader Rolf Steiner is promoted to Sergeant after another successful mission. Meanwhile the upper-class and arrogant Prussian Captain Hauptmann ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Peckinpah
Stars: James Coburn, Maximilian Schell, James Mason
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Ex-army officer accidentally kills a woman's son, tries to make up for it by escorting the funeral procession through dangerous Indian territory.

Director: Sam Peckinpah
Stars: Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith, Steve Cochran
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The host of an investigative news show is convinced by the CIA that the friends he has invited to a weekend in the country are engaged in a conspiracy that threatens national security in ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Peckinpah
Stars: Rutger Hauer, John Hurt, Craig T. Nelson
Convoy (1978)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Truckers form a mile long "convoy" in support of a trucker's vendetta with an abusive sheriff...Based on the country song of same title by C.W. McCall.

Director: Sam Peckinpah
Stars: Kris Kristofferson, Ali MacGraw, Ernest Borgnine
Action | Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

An aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the "traditional" American West is disappearing around them.

Director: Sam Peckinpah
Stars: William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan


Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Fairchild
Peter Whitney ...
William Mims ...
Mrs. Jensen
Susan O'Connell ...
Max Evans ...
Webb Seely


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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Cable Hogue says..."Seek...and ye shall find." See more »


R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

22 May 1970 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Balladen om Cable Hogue  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$3,716,946 (estimated)

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Stella Stevens was always Sam Peckinpah's first choice for the role of Hildy, and reassured her, even When Stevens doubted she was right for the part. As Stevens and the producers clashed over money and billing, executive producer Phil Feldman looked at Joanne Woodward as a possible replacement, but, she wanted too much money, so Stevens got the part. See more »


When Hildy is giving Hogue a bath and he gets out. as he is wrapping the towel around him, you can see his underwear on both sides of the towel. See more »


Hildy: You've been awful nice to me, Hogue. Never bothered you none what I am?
Cable Hogue: Hell no, it never bothered me. I enjoyed it. Now, what the hell are you? Human being. Try the best you can. We all got our own ways of living.
Hildy: And loving?
Cable Hogue: Gets mighty lonesome without it.
See more »


Referenced in Passion & Poetry: Sam's Trucker Movie (2013) See more »


Wait for Me, Sunrise (End Title)
Written and Performed by Richard Gillis
Arranged by Jerry Goldsmith
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Peckinpah's lyrical vision of the West provides humour and comfort to director and viewer alike.
4 March 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Ballad Of Cable Hogue sees Sam Peckinpah in jolly form. There is nothing here to trouble the censors, a bit of violence here and there-and some nasty human traits seam thru the story, but this is purely a funny and touching movie that again deals with a Peckinpah fave theme of the Old West passing. Only difference is here he has his tongue firmly in cheek as he observes the thirst for finance sweeping across the country.

Cable Hogue is a prospector left for dead in the desert by his two double-crossing partners Bowen & Taggart. Wandering across the desert talking to god, Hogue collapses during a sandstorm and finds mud on his boot, after digging down for a while he finds the miracle of water (tho Hogue badly misspells this on his advertisement). An encounter with preacher Joshua convinces Hogue to go patent his spring and make a killing selling water to the passing stagecoach trail that runs by his newly found oasis. After striking a deal in the town of Dead Dog, Hogue is set up nicely while into the bargain he falls for gorgeous prostitute Hildy. The film cheekily (just like Hogue) has established itself as a fine piece by the time it takes it's dark turn. It seems that revenge is the new found recipe on the Cable Springs Menu.

This was Sam Peckinpah's favourite film from his own CV, it's his most personal, he apparently saw a lot of himself in Cable Hogue, and with that in mind the film does gain a bit more emotional heart. But strikingly, it's the humour in there that shouldn't be understated, this was the director at one with himself, and the result is lyrical deftness. The cast are great, Jason Robards is wonderful in the title role, Stella Stevens as Hildy shows a fine actress at work. So much so it only makes me lament that she didn't have a great and industrious career post Cable Hogue. Peckinpah faves Strother Martin, L.Q. Jones & Slim Pickens reward their loyal director with impacting shows, while David Warner as the confused preacher Joshua practically steals the film with his hedonistic leanings.

Don't go into this film expecting a blood and thunder Western and you will be pleasantly surprised at it's heartbeat. Different sort of Peckinpah, but it's also essential Peckinpah. 9/10

11 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Dou you think Stella Stevens should have been nominated for an Oscar? michaeljbachman
actualy killing the lizard vanillasky11
Was that a 50-star flag? framusn
DVD steffan-3
Flag again.,date movie was set in and Wild Bunch sirk46
MUSIC sirk46
Discuss The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: