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Release Date:
7 October 1970 (USA) See more »
Monte Walsh is what the West was all about. See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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"Nobody gets to be a cowboy forever." See more (31 total) »


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Lee Marvin ... Monte Walsh

Jeanne Moreau ... Martine Bernard

Jack Palance ... Chet Rollins

Mitchell Ryan ... Shorty Austin

Jim Davis ... Cal Brennan

G.D. Spradlin ... Hal Henderson
John Hudkins ... Sonny Jacobs
Raymond Guth ... Sunfish Perkins (as Ray Guth)
John McKee ... Petey Williams (as John R. McKee)

Michael Conrad ... Dally Johnson
Tom Heaton ... Sugar Wyman
Ted Gehring ... Skimpy Eagans

Bo Hopkins ... Jumpin' Joe Joslin
John McLiam ... Fightin' Joe Hooker

Allyn Ann McLerie ... Mary Eagle

Matt Clark ... Rufus Brady

Billy Green Bush ... Powder Kent

Eric Christmas ... Colonel Wilson

Charles Tyner ... Doctor

Jack Colvin ... Card Cheat

Richard Farnsworth ... Cowboy
Fred Waugh ... Cowboy
Henry A. Escalante ... Cowboy (as Blackie Escalante)
Leroy Johnson ... Marshal
William Graeff Jr. ... Bartender (as Wm. Graeff Jr.)
Frank Green ... Bartender
John Carter ... Farmer
William A. Fraker Jr. ... Farm Boy (as Billy Fraker)
Kurtis Roberts ... Farm Boy

Roy Barcroft ... Proprietor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mark Headley ... Kid Edward (uncredited)
Rusty Lee ... Covered Wagon Driver (uncredited)

Guy Wilkerson ... Old Man (uncredited)

Directed by
William A. Fraker 
Writing credits
Lukas Heller (screenplay) and
David Zelag Goodman (screenplay)

Jack Schaefer (based upon the novel by)

Produced by
Hal Landers .... producer
Bobby Roberts .... producer
Original Music by
John Barry 
Cinematography by
David M. Walsh (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Richard K. Brockway  (as Richard Brockway)
Ray Daniels  (as Raymond Daniels)
Gene Fowler Jr. 
Robert L. Wolfe  (as Robert L.Wolfe)
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
Production Design by
Albert Brenner 
Art Direction by
Ward Preston (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
Phil Abramson 
Costume Design by
Albert Brenner (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Emile LaVigne .... makeup artist (as Emile Lavigne)
Dione Taylor .... hair stylist
Production Management
Bill Finnegan .... unit production manager
Christopher N. Seiter .... unit production manager (as Chris Seiter)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Al Murphy .... second assistant director
Jack Roe .... assistant director
Art Department
Richard M. Rubin .... properties (as Richard Rubin)
Sound Department
Jack A. Finlay .... supervising sound editor (as Jack Finlay)
Jerry Kosloff .... sound
Special Effects by
George Peckham .... special effects
Roy Bolton .... special effects (uncredited)
Daniel Hays .... special effects (uncredited)
Floyd Baze .... stunt double (uncredited)
Henry A. Escalante .... stunts (uncredited)
John Hudkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Leonard .... stunts (uncredited)
Gerry Searle .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bobby Byrne .... camera assistant
John Hussey .... camera operator
Tom May .... key grip
Joe Smith .... gaffer
Michael A. Jones .... gaffer: second unit (uncredited)
Casting Department
Frank Kennedy .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alan Levine .... costumer: men
Patricia Norris .... costumer: women
Editorial Department
John Sheridan .... assistant film editor
Music Department
John Barry .... conductor
Gene Feldman .... supervising music editor
Phil Ramone .... music producer
Other crew
John Franco .... script supervisor

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106 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:6 | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1998) | USA:PG-13 | USA:PG-13 (MPAA rating: certificate #22578) (original release) | West Germany:16 (f)

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Before filming Rio Lobo (1970), Howard Hawks had considered filming this instead with John Wayne.See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
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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Movie Connections:
Version of Monte Walsh (2003) (TV)See more »
The Good Times Are CominSee more »


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36 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
"Nobody gets to be a cowboy forever.", 31 August 2002
Author: Ryan McNabb from riding fence

So says Monte's friend as they sit on a front porch, wondering what they'll do now that their way of life is coming to a close. One of the most touching and poignant westerns ever made, "Monte Walsh" is a love poem written to a way of life that only lasted about 20 years, but defined much of American culture. The cowboy period only lasted from about 1865 to 1885, and this film shows several friends who have been cowboys for most of that time, deeply in love with their work, who see it all ending, and are powerless to stop it. Barbed wire fence and one really hard winter (which really did happen, and single handedly changed the western cattle industry, and eradicated the cowhand) do away with their blissful existence, forcing them to confront themselves. What do they do now? It isn't always pretty, and the decisions they make when the chips are down tell you most everything you need to know about human nature. The wonderful theme song by Mama Cass Elliot "The Good Times Are Coming" is just marvelous, and perfect for the film. All in all, one of the 5 best westerns ever made, and the absolute best one dealing with the working cowhand culture. Don't watch this movie if you are embarrassed about crying, because it will break your heart. Truly a work of art. The words "I rode down the gray" will haunt you for the rest of your life.

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