Monte Walsh and Chet Rollins are long-time cowhands, working whatever ranch work comes their way, but "nothing they can't do from a horse." Their lives are divided between months on the ... See full summary »
A vicious Kansas City slaughterhouse owner and his hick family are having a bloody "beef" with the Chicago crime syndicate over profits from their joint illegal operations. Top enforcer Nick Devlin is sent to straighten things out.
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
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Lee Marvin and Jack Palance previously starred together in "I Died A Thousand Times" (1955), "Attack" (1956), and "The Professionals" (1966). Marvin and Palance also both earned their Oscars for comedic roles in westerns: Marvin for "Cat Ballou" (1965) and Palance for "City Slickers" (1991). See more »
When Monte is breaking the Gray that Shorty never could break, a flank strap appears and disappears throughout the ride. See more »
Yet, it cannot boast of a gunfight or excessive action that is a trademark of westerns.
There are several reasons why I love this film. It is a reflective sensitive film, with the main character trying to come to terms with change.
It deals with people and nature--fodder for good poetry. That gets a fillip when the director William Fraker, is an accomplished cinematographer.
Lee Marvin is great when he is brooding and therefore a superb choice. Jeanne Moreau is a delight to watch in any film but her performance in this film is one I will never forget. Yet when I asked Ms Moreau some 15 years after the film was made about this film, she didn't even appear to recall the name of William Fraker--but merely referred to him as another cinematographer-turned-director. I have always wondered at that reaction....Jack Palance is another wonderful actor who makes this movie great.. In retrospect the casting was superb.
A good western needs good music. This one has one of the finest songs I have heard "the good times are a'coming" by Mama Cass Elliot.
I recommend this film and "Will Penny" as great unusual westerns that touch you if you appreciate good filmmaking--and do not evaluate a western by the action sequences.
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