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The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970) Poster

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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.
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Several crew members were fired from this film. It was the job of one crew member to have bus tickets back to Los Angeles for a fired crew member. If someone lost their job, Sam Peckinpah would ask, "Do you have a bus ticket for them?"
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This was the favorite film of the director. Often, when asked to speak about his work, he brought a print of this film to show, instead of one of his more famous works.
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The chaotic filming wrapped 19 days over schedule and $3 million over budget, terminating Sam Peckinpahs tenure with Warner Bros.-Seven Arts. In retrospect, it was a damaging career move. The critical and box office hits Deliverance (1972) and Jeremiah Johnson (1972) were in development at the time and Peckinpah was considered the first choice to direct them. His alienation of Warner Brothers left him with a limited number of directing jobs. Peckinpah was forced to do a 180-degree turn from this film and travelled to England to direct Straw Dogs (1971), one of his darkest and most psychologically disturbing films.
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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.
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The production base for the film was at Echo Bay, Nevada.
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Hogue's Castle was a real-life hotel which was acquired in Bishop, California. It was packed-up and transported along with its own furniture to its shooting location across the border in Nevada.
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Last film of Peter Whitney.
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The automobile featured in the film is the "Leslie Special," from The Great Race (1965). The car was repainted from white to green, and the red upholstery replaced with white upholstery.
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James Stewart was offered the lead role, but turned it down, thinking it would be bad for his image.
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Charlton Heston turned down the lead role, saying that it wasn't a great script.
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Henry Fonda was interested in playing Joshua, but negotiations broke down.
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Stella Stevens was always Sam Peckinpah's first choice for the role of Hildy. When Stevens doubted that she was right for the part, but Peckinpah reassured her. Stevens and the producers clashed over money and billing, executive producer Phil Feldman looked at Joanne Woodward as a possible replacement. She wanted too much money, so Stevens got the part.
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