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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

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
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
Wayne Storm ...
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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Richard B. Shull's character rips the list of studio phone numbers from the café wall, the list clearly has a nail hole and a tear at the top. When he holds the list against a phone booth window, the hole and the tear have both vanished. 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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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Move 'Em Out
Music by Ken Lauber
Lyrics by Jack Rogers
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well-crafted Valentine to 30's Westerns
27 May 2000 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

The interplay between Jeff Bridges and Andy Griffith alone is well worth the price of admission, but the entire supporting cast gets into the spirit of this film about writing western movies in the early 30's. Fun for the entire family. Richard B. Schull and Anthony James are marvelous as the Mutt & Jeff antecedents of the wet bandits.


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