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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

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Lewis Tater
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Howard Pike
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A.J. Nietz
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Miss Trout
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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 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."

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Western | Comedy

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8 October 1975 (USA)  »

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Hollywood Cowboy  »

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Donald Pleasence's character, "A.J. Nietz", is named after prolific western / "B" picture director Alan James (real name Alvin J. Neitz), who started out in silent films and lasted through the talkie era, and who directed westerns with such stars as Ken Maynard, Jack Hoxie and Tim McCoy, among others. 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 »

Quotes

[after Lewis does the 'jumping on the horse' stunt]
Burt Kessler: Those damn cowboys! I always said they were great, didn't I? I always said you can't beat 'em.
'Tumbleweed' cameraman: You always said you couldn't trust 'em.
Burt Kessler: Well, you misunderstood me.
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All I Do Is Dream of You
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Written by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed
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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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