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The Ballad of Cable Hogue -- Love, comedy and drama are combined in this tale of desert survival in the Old West from legendary director Sam Peckinpah.
The Ballad of Cable Hogue -- A hobo accidentally stumbles onto a water spring, and creates a profitable way station in the middle of the desert.


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13 May 1970 (USA) See more »
Cable Hogue says..."Do unto others... as you would have others do unto you."
A hobo accidentally stumbles onto a water spring, and creates a profitable way station in the middle of the desert. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Peckinpah's lyrical vision of the West provides humour and comfort to director and viewer alike. See more (59 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jason Robards ... Cable Hogue

Stella Stevens ... Hildy

David Warner ... Joshua

Strother Martin ... Bowen

Slim Pickens ... Ben Fairchild

L.Q. Jones ... Taggart
Peter Whitney ... Cushing

R.G. Armstrong ... Quittner
Gene Evans ... Clete
William Mims ... Jensen

Kathleen Freeman ... Mrs. Jensen

Susan O'Connell ... Claudia

Vaughn Taylor ... Powell
Max Evans ... Webb Seely
James Anderson ... Preacher
Felix Nelson ... William
Darwin Lamb ... The Stranger (as Darwin W. Lamb)
Mary Munday ... Dot
William D. Faralla ... Lucius
Matthew Peckinpah ... Matthew

Victor Izay ... Stage Office Clerk
Easy Pickens ... Easy

Directed by
Sam Peckinpah 
Writing credits
John Crawford (written by) and
Edmund Penney (written by)

Gordon T. Dawson  uncredited

Produced by
Gordon T. Dawson .... associate producer (as Gordon Dawson)
William D. Faralla .... co-producer (as William Faralla)
Phil Feldman .... executive producer
Sam Peckinpah .... producer
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
Cinematography by
Lucien Ballard (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Lou Lombardo 
Frank Santillo 
Art Direction by
Leroy Coleman 
Set Decoration by
Jack Mills 
Makeup Department
Kathryn Blondell .... hair stylist (as Kathy Blondell)
Al Fleming .... makeup artist
Gary Liddiard .... makeup artist
Production Management
George Templeton .... unit production manager (as Dink Templeton)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Gaudioso .... assistant director
Sound Department
Don Rush .... sound
Tex Rudloff .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Bud Hulburd .... special effects
Mickey Gilbert .... stunts (uncredited)
Steve Ward .... stunts (uncredited)
Troy Ward .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Williams .... stunts (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert Fletcher .... costumes: Miss Stevens
Music Department
Sonny Burke .... music supervisor
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator
Dan Wallin .... score mixer (uncredited)
Other crew
Frank Kowalski .... dialogue supervisor
Crew believed to be complete

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121 min
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Did You Know?

The production base for the film was at Echo Bay, Nevada.See more »
Revealing mistakes: Before Hildy kicks a hole in the door the the shape of the weakened section can me made out from the outside.See more »
Cable Hogue:I'll live to spit on your grave!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) (TV)See more »
Tomorrow is the Song I Sing (Main Title)See more »


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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Peckinpah's lyrical vision of the West provides humour and comfort to director and viewer alike., 4 March 2008
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

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

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