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Monte Walsh (1970)

PG-13  |   |  Western  |  7 October 1970 (USA)
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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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Storyline

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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Western

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7 October 1970 (USA)  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This is one of the few films in which Jack Palance is not cast as a villain. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Chet Rollins: Nobody gets to be a cowboy forever.
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The Good Times Are Comin
Music by John Barry
Lyrics by Hal David
Sung by Cass Elliot (as Mama Cass)
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magnificent meloncholia
14 September 2002 | by See all my reviews

I heartily agree with the other enthusiastic reviews of this movie, so instead of repeating their comments I'll just add a couple of notes which I didn't see in anyone else's remarks.

One thing that really drew me into this movie was how, over and over, I would be watching a scene play out and there would be a _very_ few words exchanged, with minimal "dramatizing music" or other "play-ups" adding dramatic weight, and I'd just ache for more words to be said. So much was happening _to_ the characters (mostly internal, as the film focuses more on people than events) and they went through it with such a minimum of dialogue. That made a strong impression on me as it left me wanting more; wishing somehow they could make it alright by just saying more of what was obviously on their hearts.

Another thing I loved about this movie was the distinctiveness of the characters. One had false teeth; one rarely (if ever) bathed; one was called "Shorty"; and, of course, the unforgettable mugs of Palance and Marvin -- and the distinctiveness of these wasn't all simply in their appearances. Before long they started to feel like my own friends. My heart broke watching their whole world pass them by.


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