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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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
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Stout Crook
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Polo (as Herbert Edelman)
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Earl
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Pa Tater
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Lean Crook
Burton Gilliam ...
Lester
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Jackson
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Waitress (as Candy Azzara)
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Bank Manager
Wayne Storm ...
Lyle
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Storyline

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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A.J. Nietz (Donald Pleasence) is named after prolific western and "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. See more »

Goofs

While directing the fistfight scene in the desert. The director walks back and forth in front of the camera. Even at one point stopping right in front of the camera. Thereby ruining a lot of the shoot. This may have been meant to show what a bad director he is. See more »

Quotes

Musical Director: Well, what do you think?
[after watching a proposed musical number with Polo]
Polo: If you enjoy entertaining the crew, not bad. Otherwise it belongs in a rehearsal hall. A rehearsal hall is where you REHEARSE. Not here - this is a soundstage.
Musical Director: Well, what should I do with it?
Polo: Well, the first thing I would do is get rid of that noodle in the pith helmet and then...
[gestures wearily]
Polo:
  • shoot it.

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Crazy Credits

The film opens with the 1930's MGM logo. See more »


Soundtracks

I'll See You in My Dreams
(uncredited)
Written by Gus Kahn and Isham Jones
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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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