Pocket Money (1972)

PG  |   |  Western, Comedy  |  1 February 1972 (USA)
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Broke and in debt, an otherwise honest cowboy gets mixed up in some shady dealings with a crooked rancher.



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The two most memorable characters the West can never forget!


Western | Comedy


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1 February 1972 (USA)  »

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$2,700,000 (estimated)

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The movie's publicity still with Newman and Marvin (IMDb's main page display) was photographed by British photographer Terry O'Neill. (The photograph also appears on the jacket of O'Neill's 2003 compilation coffee-table book "Celebrity"). In the book, O'Neill recounts how when he arrived on the Pocket Money (1972) set to shoot his publicity stills, Lee Marvin was hungover and in a foul mood. Most of the production personnel were steering clear of him. When O'Neill gingerly approached Marvin and introduced himself, Marvin asked, "Are you English?" What O'Neill didn't know at the time, was that Marvin was a lifelong Anglophile - he LOVED the British. After that brief encounter, Marvin's mood changed and, according to O'Neill, he couldn't have been more cooperative for the rest of the photographer's assignment. See more »


Jim Kane: Boy, if anybody cheats me, I'm gonna hit him with a Stillson wrench and shove him in a coal hopper
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[shuffles away]
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A Joyful Look At Life's Struggles
17 May 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Pocket Money is a very good and subtle comedy about an ordinary person (Newman) trying hard not to be conned by shady businessmen (played by Strother Martin and Wayne Rogers). Those viewers who are looking for exciting thrills and heroic deeds from the lead characters in such films are missing the point - which seems to be the case with most of the earlier reviews of this film on IMDb.

The storyline makes it clear from the start that Newman's character is a hard working modern cowboy trying to make ends meet despite not being blessed with the most sharpest of brains. As a study of such an everyman character, Newman's performance is (in my view) superb. Marvin's performance on the other hand is a little subdued and below par, but still there is a good chemistry between him and Newman in some scenes. The only disappointing aspect of this film is the ending, which seems to leave the story unnecessarily incomplete. However, overall, I would rate this a very good production of an off-beat story.

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