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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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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 <>

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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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Sam Peckinpah started work on this film almost immediately after finishing work on the landmark The Wild Bunch (1969). That is why Strother Martin and L.Q. Jones were cast in similar roles in both films. See more »


At the end, as Joshua begins riding away on his motorcycle, you can see two horses in the corral. As Joshua rides around the other side of the corral, the horses are gone. See more »


[last lines]
Reverend Joshua Sloan: Lord, as the day draws towards evening, this life grows to the end of us all, we say "Adieu" to our friend. Take him, Lord, but knowing Cable, I suggest you do not take him lightly. Amen.
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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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