The Missouri Breaks (1976)

PG  |   |  Drama, Western  |  19 May 1976 (USA)
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Tom Logan is a horse thief. Rancher David Braxton has horses, and a daughter, worth stealing. But Braxton has just hired Lee Clayton, an infamous "regulator", to hunt down the horse thieves; one at a time.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kathleen Lloyd ...
John McLiam ...
Si (as John Ryan)
Sam Gilman ...
Pete Marker
James Greene ...
Hellsgate Rancher
Rancher's Wife
Danny Goldman ...
Baggage Clerk
Hunter von Leer ...
Sandy (as Hunter Von Leer)


Tom Logan is a horse thief. Rancher David Braxton has horses, and a daughter, worth stealing. But Braxton has just hired Lee Clayton, an infamous "regulator", to hunt down the horse thieves; one at a time.

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One Steals, One Kills, One Dies


Drama | Western


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19 May 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Missouri  »

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1.85 : 1
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Due to the production's alleged mis-treatment of animals, the film was placed on the American Humane's Association "unacceptable" list. Animal action on this picture was not monitored by the AHA. According to "The Straight Dope", "...the producer refused to allow an AHA rep on the film's location in Billings, Montana--and the shooting left one horse dead from drowning, another crippled after being purposely tripped by wires (a practice specifically prohibited by an agreement between the AHA and the major studios), and several others injured in a stampede sequence. Consequently, The Missouri Breaks (1976) made it onto the AHA's "unacceptable" list, a continually updated index of offending films". See more »


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Often overlooked, but one great western
2 July 2004 | by (District of Columbia, US) – See all my reviews

Marlon Brando died yesterday. I just got the news and felt compelled to comment on this flick specifically, because it seems that whenever I ask of self-professed Brando or western fans, "Have you seen Missouri Breaks?" the answer is, "No."

But what a great western! And what a great performance by Brando! Yes, it is 'quirky;' yes, Brando uses a different accent in nearly every scene; and yes, his performance seems at times almost improvised, shooting off in unexpected and rewarding directions. For all this quirkiness, however, I never once felt that the character's affectations were Brando's, or that Brando was somehow on-the-outside-looking-in, overly pleased at his own theatrical acrobatics. This is a brilliant man at work here, living in the moment, a vessel of the character. This has always amazed me about Brando's work: that working from the inside, he can so transform the outside--the physicality and mannerisms of his characters.

Good bye, Mr. Brando, and thank you.

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