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The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  13 May 1970 (USA)
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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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Bowen
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Ben Fairchild
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Taggart
Peter Whitney ...
Cushing
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Quittner
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William Mims ...
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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 whore 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."


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13 May 1970 (USA)  »

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Balladen om Cable Hogue  »

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The automobile featured in the film is the "Leslie Special," from the 1965 Warner Bros. film The Great Race. The car was repainted from white to green, and the red upholstery replaced with white, but the "Leslie Special" name can still be seen on the grill in shots of the car from the front. See more »

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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 »

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Cable Hogue: Josh, it's about time you earned your keep. Preach me a funeral sermon.
Hildy: Oh, for heaven's sake!
Cable Hogue: A good one. Don't make me out no saint but don't put me down to deep.
Reverend Joshua Sloan: You mean now?
Cable Hogue: Yeah. It's not knowing what they're going to say about you, that's all. Now all my life, I've been scared of this living. Now... got to do the other. Now come on now! I can't wait all day. I ain't got any time.
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Arranged by Jerry Goldsmith
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Turn-of-the-Century Saga Lives Up to Legendary Title
5 April 2004 | by (Washington DC) – See all my reviews

Jason Robards plays the hard-bitten and oft-bemused title character, Cable Hogue who somehow survives the ordeal of being left to die in the desert with no water by his partners, perfectly portrayed by the incomparable L.Q.(A Boy and His Dog) Jones and Strother Martin.

He travels from town to town with unscrupulous preacher David Warner, met in turn by some of Hollywood's classic Western supporting actors, such as R. G. Armstrong, Slim Pickens, Kathleen Freeman, and Gene Evans. Stella Stevens does a good job with the thankless obligatory role as the prostitute-with-the-heart-of-gold. All this helps lighten the mostly bemused, occasionally amused, but always revenge-dream-filled and heavy presence of Jason Robards. Eventually, Cable gets his chance at what he's been waiting for, and...

Now, you have even more incentive to go see the film - Peckinpaugh's most underrated western. 10/10


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