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Monte Walsh (1970)

PG-13 | | Western | 7 October 1970 (USA)
An aging cowboy realizes that the West he knew and loved will soon be no more--and that there will be no room for him, either.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Hudkins ...
Sonny Jacobs
Raymond Guth ...
Sunfish Perkins (as Ray Guth)
John McKee ...
Petey Williams (as John R. McKee)
Tom Heaton ...
Ted Gehring ...
John McLiam ...
Mary Eagle


Monte Walsh is an aging cowboy facing the ending days of the Wild West era. As barbed wire and railways steadily eliminate the need for the cowboy, Monte and his friends are left with fewer and fewer options. New work opportunities are available to them, but the freedom of the open prairie is what they long for. Eventually, they all must say goodbye to the lives they knew, and try to make a new start. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Monte Walsh is what the West was all about.




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Release Date:

7 October 1970 (USA)  »

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Monty Walsh  »

Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


Before filming " Rio Lobo", Howard Hawks had considered filming this instead with John Wayne. See more »


When Monte is breaking the Gray that Shorty never could break, a flank strap appears and disappears throughout the ride. See more »


Chet Rollins: Nobody gets to be a cowboy forever.
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Crazy Credits

"Introducing Mitchell Ryan" See more »


Edited into Go West, Young Man! (2003) See more »


The Good Times Are Comin
Music by John Barry
Lyrics by Hal David
Sung by Cass Elliot (as Mama Cass)
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A wonderful, sad, poetic film
7 May 2002 | by (Brinkley, Arkansas) – See all my reviews

"Monte Walsh" is an astounding film, astounding in that so few people seem aware of it. Lee Marvin heads an outstanding cast including Jack Palance, Jeanne Moreau and Mitchell Ryan in this elegant adaptation of the Jack Schaefer ("Shane") novel. The movie may be thought of as one of those so-called "revisionist" films of the era which re-examined the concept of the western. "Monte Walsh" offers a vision of a dying cowboy lifestyle, of large cattle corporations and fewer jobs, of the growth of towns and the death of rowdy freedoms, of hard lives and few attractive options. Marvin encapsulates many of these aspects as the title character, forced daily to realize his entire way of life is over. Director William A. Fraker does a fine job of drawing fine performances from his cast, and of capturing the hard beauty and constant state of change in the American West.

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