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Hearts of the West (1975)

Lewis Tater writes Wild West dime novels and dreams of actually becoming a cowboy. When he goes west to find his dream he finds himself in possession of the loot box of two crooks who tried... See full summary »




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lewis Tater
Howard Pike
A.J. Nietz
Miss Trout
Richard B. Shull ...
Stout Crook
Polo (as Herbert Edelman)
Pa Tater
Anthony James ...
Lean Crook
Burton Gilliam ...
Waitress (as Candy Azzara)
Bank Manager


Lewis Tater writes Wild West dime novels and dreams of actually becoming a cowboy. When he goes west to find his dream he finds himself in possession of the loot box of two crooks who tried to rob him. During his escape, Lewis stumbles on to the set of a Wild West movie and through mishap and chance becomes a star of Hollywood Westerns. Written by Bree Humphries <mhumphri@brynmawr.edu>

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Jeff Bridges is Lewis Tater, the Iowa farm boy who blazed a trail across the barren wastes of Hollywood and Vine in MGM's comedy surprise "Hearts of the West."


Western | Comedy


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Release Date:

8 October 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hollywood Cowboy  »

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1.85 : 1
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The song that plays over the ending credits is "I'll See You in My Dreams" sung by Nick Lucas, a popular entertainer and recording artist of the 1920s. It was written in 1924 by Isham Jones with lyrics by Gus Kahn. See more »


The road that the old jalopy travels is clearly a modern two-lane-wide paved blacktop, with sand barely covering the lane markers. See more »


Howard Pike: If a person saying he was something was all there was to it, this country'd be full of rich men and good-looking women. Kings and queens... you know what I mean? Too bad it isn't that easy. In short, when someone else says you're a writer, that's when you're a writer... not before.
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Yellow Yodel
Music by Ken Lauber
Lyrics by Jack Rogers
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A neglected, but not-to-be missed film from the mid-seventies.
5 December 2004 | by (The American Deep South) – See all my reviews

This film is pure and timeless gold, as out of character with its time as it is with present times. Jeff Bridges, Alan Arkin, Blythe Danner and Andy Griffith are perfectly cast in a comedy that spoofs both American innocence and American cynicism about that innocence. If "The Great Gatsby" is a classic story of the American Dream gone wrong, "Hearts of the West" is a classic rendering of the American Dream gone right in spite of itself.

This film is deceptively artful (e.g., the coherence provided by the leitmotif of the bad guys' increasingly dusty and dented automobile). Its "simplicity" is the "simplicity" of all great comedy, which deals with the essences as well as the particular manifestations of situations. (Moliere would have liked this one!) It's a film that makes you want to rewind it immediately and watch it again.

Five minutes into "Hearts of the West," I decided I had to own a copy. Funny, redemptive, and to be watched again and again. The laughs will not stale.

What I wonder is this: did Howard Zieff also intend it as a critique of the mindset and films of the mid-seventies? Because it is that.

Don't miss this one. It will brighten even the dreariest day!

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