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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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Hildy
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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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Clete
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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..."Seek...and ye shall find." See more »


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22 May 1970 (Finland)  »

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Balladen om Cable Hogue  »

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$3,716,946 (estimated)
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The production base for the film was at Echo Bay, Nevada. See more »

Goofs

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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Hildy: [singing] Butterfly mornings / And wildflower afternoons.
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Referenced in Passion & Poetry: Sam's Trucker Movie (2013) See more »

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Tomorrow is the Song I Sing (Main Title)
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Lyrics by Richard Gillis
Performed by Richard Gillis
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From the director of The Wild Bunch

Cable Hogue (Jason Robards) is left in the desert without any water.After a few days he finds a springs with lots of water. He offers some water to the stagecoach passengers for money. Until the automobiles take over.He becomes a friend with a preacher Joshua Sloane (David Warner).In the nearest town lives a whore called Hildy (Stella Stevens) who becomes Cable's lover and later they move together.Sam Peckinpah directed a terrific western comedy in 1970-one year after he directed The Wild Bunch.Some people may not like it so much because it isn't as violent as The Wild Bunch but I don't mind, I don't mind at all. The casting in the movie is brilliant.Jason Robards was a perfect man to play Cable Hogue.The movie has many memorable scenes.The Ballad of Cable Hogue left a good taste in my mouth- and I still haven't got it out.


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