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Hearts of the West (1975)

PG  |   |  Western, Comedy  |  8 October 1975 (USA)
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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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Lewis Tater
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Howard Pike
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A.J. Neitz
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Miss Trout
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Bert Kessler
Richard B. Shull ...
Stout Crook
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Polo (as Herbert Edelman)
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Earl
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Pa Tater
Anthony James ...
Lean Crook
Burton Gilliam ...
Lester
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Jackson
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Waitress (as Candy Azzara)
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Bank Manager
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Lyle
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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 Brides is Lewis Tater, the Iowa farmboy who blazed a trail across the barren wastes of Hollywood and Vine in MGM's comedy surprise "Hearts of the West."

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Part of a cycle of movies made during the mid-1970s about Tinseltown, Old Hollywood and its Golden Age including the Silent Film era. The pictures include Inserts (1975), Silent Movie (1976), The Wild Party (1975), _The Last Tycoon_, Hearts of the West (1975) and The Day of the Locust (1975). See more »

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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 »

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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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Referenced in The Lion Roars Again (1975) See more »

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Yellow Yodel
Music by Ken Lauber
Lyrics by Jack Rogers
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Enjoyable.
5 June 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In "Hearts of the West" Jeff Bridges is an aspiring western pulp-novel writer. He worships Zane Grey and lands what is for him a fantasy-come-true job as a stunt man in Hollywood B-westerns in the 1930s. There he works with a crew of losers under Alan Arkin.

Bridges has some good comic stunts and spends much of the time eluding con-men pursuers. Andy Griffith all but steals the show as a wily former star who first befriends him and then cheats him. Blythe Danner is good as the female production manager who takes a liking to Bridges. Howard Zieff, recalled for his "Slither," directed this very likable piece.


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