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Monte Walsh (1970)

 -  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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Trivia

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

Goofs

Fightin Joe Hooker, the cowboy riding fence says he rode with Joseph Hooker when he led the Army of the Cumberland at the battle of Lookout Mountain during the Civil War. General Joseph Hooker did not lead the Army of the Cumberland. He was in command of the XI and XII Corps of the Army of the Potomac and was sent west to reinforce the Army of the Cumberland, which was under the command of general George H. Thomas at the battle of Chattanooga, of which the battle of Lookout Mountain was part. See more »

Quotes

Monte Walsh: I'm going after Shorty.
Sugar Wyman: You doing the laws work?
Monte Walsh: Shorty blew off Chet's head with a double barrel shotgun.
Sugar Wyman: Oh my God! Why?
Monte Walsh: Chet didn't say.
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Edited into Go West, Young Man! (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

The Good Times Are Comin'
Music by John Barry
Lyrics by Hal David
Performed by Cass Elliot (as Mama Cass)
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Elegy to the west.
30 September 2004 | by (Trenton, NJ) – See all my reviews

Here's a case of Palance putting in a great supporting role like he has done so often, a truly selfless actor with a great humility.

Seldom does an actor allow himself to look as pathetic as Palance does in his performances. This is a great film, primarily due to the metaphor near the end where Marvin tries to tame a horse, frustratingly attempting to control the nature of all things around him. The austere writing and stilted acting lend to the overall tone, creating an elegiac western greatly under-appreciated in its time. One of those small, offbeat movies awash in a decade of so many sparkling little films, each challenging the strictures of Hollywood. I loved it.


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