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 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 <>

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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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$3,716,946 (estimated)

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This film fell weeks behind schedule due to bad weather. When they could not film, director Sam Peckinpah and his cast and crew would drink. When the film did wrap production, the bar bill came to over $70,000. See more »


In the opening scene, Hogue confronts a Gila monster. In the first shot, the lizard is on a large rock with its front left paw slipping over the side of the rock. After cutting to a shot of Hogue, the view returns to the gila monster who is now standing in the middle of the same rock with no time or ability to have moved. 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.
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Wait for Me, Sunrise (End Title)
Written and Performed by Richard Gillis
Arranged by Jerry Goldsmith
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Lyrical and touching fable lamenting the passing of the mythic "Old West.".
31 March 1999 | by (Prunedale, CA) – See all my reviews

If you think Sam Peckinpah only made violent films, you owe it to yourself to rent this from your video store. A lovely, lyrical, and emotionally satisfying fable about the last western hero, trying to scratch out an existence as he watches his era pass him by. Wonderful performances by Jason Robards, Stella Stevens, and David Warner; an entertaining script; all directed with a light and subtle touch - for a change - by Sam Peckinpah. Although I am a great fan of the Wild Bunch, Straw Dogs, and Major Dundee, Cable Hogue is in my opinion Peckinpah's masterpiece.

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