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Edmund Naughton (novel)
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Release Date:
24 June 1971 (USA) See more »
Purveyors of Paradise. See more »
A gambler and a prostitute become business partners in a remote Old West mining town, and their enterprise thrives until a large corporation arrives on the scene. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Warren Beatty ... John McCabe

Julie Christie ... Constance Miller

Rene Auberjonois ... Sheehan

William Devane ... The Lawyer

John Schuck ... Smalley

Corey Fischer ... Mr. Elliott

Bert Remsen ... Bart Coyle

Shelley Duvall ... Ida Coyle

Keith Carradine ... Cowboy

Michael Murphy ... Sears
Antony Holland ... Hollander
Hugh Millais ... Butler
Manfred Schulz ... Kid
Jace Van Der Veen ... Breed (as Jace Vander Veen)
Jackie Crossland ... Lily
Elizabeth Murphy ... Kate
Carey Lee McKenzie ... Alma
Thomas Hill ... Archer (as Tom Hill)
Linda Sorensen ... Blanche
Elisabeth Knight ... Birdie

Janet Wright ... Eunice
Maysie Hoy ... Maisie
Linda Kupecek ... Ruth
Jeremy Newson ... Jeremy Berg (as Jeremy Newsom)

Wayne Robson ... Bartender

Jack Riley ... Riley Quinn
Robert Fortier ... Town Drunk

Wayne Grace ... Bartender
Wes Taylor ... Shorty Dunn
Anne Cameron ... Mrs. Dunn
Graeme Campbell ... Bill Cubbs
J.S. Johnson ... J.J.
Joe Clarke ... Joe Shortreed
Harry Frazier ... Andy Anderson
Edwin Collier ... Gilchrist
Terence Kelly ... Quigley
Brantley Kearns ... Fiddler (as Brantley F. Kearns)

Don Francks ... Buffalo
Rodney Gage ... Sumner Washington
Lili Francks ... Mrs. Washington
Joan Tewkesbury ... Townsperson (as Joan McGuire)
Harvey Lowe ... Townsperson
Eric Schneider ... Townsperson
Milos Zatovic ... Townsperson
Claudine Melgrave ... Townsperson
Derek Keurvorst ... Townsperson (as Derek Deurvorst)

Alex Diakun ... Townsperson (as Alexander Diakun)
Gord Robertson ... Townsperson (as Gordon Robertson)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jon Bankson ... Townsperson (uncredited)
William Chu ... Chinese Worker (uncredited)
Alan Davis ... Townsperson (uncredited)
Jimmy Eng ... Chinese Worker (uncredited)
Barry Fowlie ... Townsperson (uncredited)
Robert W. Hamelin ... Townsperson (uncredited)

Terence Hill ... Townsperson (uncredited)
Thomas Ho ... Chinese Worker (uncredited)
Ed Hong-Louie ... Chinese Worker (uncredited)
Louanne Hong-Louie ... Chinese Worker (uncredited)
Paul Lam ... Chinese Worker (uncredited)
Po Lam Lau ... Chinese Worker (uncredited)
Anne C.W. Luk ... Chinese Worker (uncredited)
Bill Yui Seto ... Chinese Worker (uncredited)
Barry Tam ... Chinese Worker (uncredited)
John Tuck ... Townsperson (uncredited)
Dale Wilson ... Townsperson (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Altman 
Writing credits
Edmund Naughton (novel "McCabe")

Robert Altman (screenplay) and
Brian McKay (screenplay)

Produced by
Mitchell Brower .... producer
Robert Eggenweiler .... associate producer
David Foster .... producer
Cinematography by
Vilmos Zsigmond (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Lou Lombardo  (as Louis Lombardo)
Casting by
Graeme Clifford 
Production Design by
Leon Ericksen 
Art Direction by
Al Locatelli 
Philip Thomas 
Makeup Department
Edwin Butterworth .... makeup artist (as Ed Butterworth)
Robert Jiras .... makeup artist
Phyllis Newman .... makeup artist
Barry Richardson .... hairdresser
Salli Bailey .... hairdresser (uncredited)
Production Management
James Margellos .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lou Lombardo .... second unit director (as Louis Lombardo)
Irby Smith .... second assistant director
Tommy Thompson .... assistant director
Graeme Clifford .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Sidney H. Greenwood .... property master (as Syd Greenwood)
Sound Department
John W. Gusselle .... sound
Barry Jones .... sound mixer (as Barry P. Jones)
William Thompson .... sound (as William A. Thompson)
Sergio Reyes .... additional sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Marcel Vercoutere .... special effects
Paul Neanover .... special effects (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Rod Parkhurst .... photographer: second unit
James O. Blair .... gaffer (uncredited)
Dave Humphreys .... grip (uncredited)
Gundar Lipsbergs .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Nick McLean .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Fred Ransom .... grip (uncredited)
Frederick Wharton .... grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ilse Richter .... wardrobe
Leon Ericksen .... costume supervisor (uncredited)
Nancy Pattiz .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Maureen Robinson .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Scott Miller .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Robbe Roberts .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Leonard Cohen .... composer: songs
Transportation Department
Grant McCracken .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Anthony Goldschmidt .... title designer
Ross Levy .... assistant to producers
Anne Sidaris-Reeves .... researcher (as Anne Sidaris)
Joan Tewkesbury .... continuity (as Joan Maguire)
Don Carmody .... production assistant (uncredited)
Lamar Criss .... auditor (uncredited)
Mina Martinez .... voice (uncredited)
Beulah Quo .... voice (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Gambler" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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120 min | Argentina:121 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA15+ (re-rating) (2016) | Australia:M (re-rating) (1989) | Australia:R18+ (original rating) (1971) | Finland:K-16 | France:12 | Netherlands:6 | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:M18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (1992) | USA:R (Approved No. 22818) | West Germany:16
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Robert Altman called the film an "anti-western".See more »
Continuity: When the young man in the tall hat is leaving, he hugs each of the girls in turn. In the shot from the front, he the one girl and Ida Coyle is stepping up for her hug. The shot changes to the view from the left, where the hug of the first girl is repeated and Ida Coyle again steps forward.See more »
[first lines]
John McCabe:[muttering to himself] I told you... Think I'm stupid?... S'exactly what I said. Six, six of 'em...
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Visions of Light (1992)See more »
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How does the film compare to the Edmund Naughton novel "McCabe"
Was McCabe really a gunfighter?
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90 out of 115 people found the following review useful.
Greatest Western, 3 November 2004
Author: Jason Forestein ( from somerville, ma

I spent the entirety of my final year in college reading western literature, reading about western literature, and watching western films. Although I had long been a fan of Altman's 1971 masterpiece, I would probably never have called it the greatest western film. Having sat through most of the Rios, the Searchers, Red River, Stage Coach, the Leone Spaghetti Westerns, and the more current incarnations of the genre (Unforgiven, Dances with Wolves, All the Pretty Horses, et al.), I will say without hesitation that McCabe is a superior film (and a superior western) to all those listed.

It is not, of course, a traditional western, nor does it hold true to traditional 'values' of the western. You will not find any rampaging indians, and the typical shots of vast prairies or a surreal Monument Valley. Your hero is a conniving gambler and the heroine is a whore (and one that quite distinctly lacks a heart of gold). They're sympathetic, but they're also quite real with all the faults and foibles humans typically have. The landscape is brown and green; trees are everywhere and it looks like it's wet most of the time (which is appropriate to a film taking place in the Northwest). One of the few "cowboys" in the film dies in his underwear.

By a long shot, then, this is not your typical western, but it is better.

The wooden characters of old are replaced with real people to whom we can relate and about whom we can care. Furthermore, the environment - dark, dirty, wet, and all around not terribly inviting - seems more in line with the historical west than the traditional western. The West was not the nicest place to live; it was dangerous and inhospitable as it is in McCabe.

I could go on and on about how Altman inverts the western film tradition throughout the movie (as well as how he dismantles the notion that capitalism is a good economic and social system), but I will not. There is no need to treat McCabe that academically. The film is simply wonderful and entertaining - terrific performances, wonderful cinematography, a fascinating story, and great (and very Altman-esque) direction with overlapping conversations and well-handled improvisations. The movie also has the most perfect soundtrack I have ever heard. The songs - by the one and only Leonard Cohen - perfectly match the mood and atmosphere of the film and moreover feel like artifacts of that bygone era depicted in the film. That they were not written or recorded specifically for McCabe is astounding, as they are such an integral and organic part of this film.

If you have not seen this film, please do so; it's well worth the time and, unlike Nashville and Short Cuts - Altman's other masterpieces - it's very accessible.

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