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Director:
Writer:
Dennis Lynton Clark (written by)
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Release Date:
25 October 1978 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
She was as strong as the land for which she fought. And as vunerable. See more »
Plot:
Ella Connors is a single woman who gets pressured to sell her failing cattle farm to her corrupt ex suitor... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 8 wins See more »
NewsDesk:
(5 articles)
'Godfather' Cinematographer Gordon Willis Dies at 82
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 18 May 2014, 9:40 PM, PDT)

Celebrity Biography: Mark Harmon
 (From PopStar. 7 August 2012, 8:00 PM, PDT)

Richard Farnsworth: Oscar Veterans 1999
 (From Alt Film Guide. 18 February 2011, 5:13 AM, PST)

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One of the most real western movies ever! See more (17 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Caan ... Frank 'Buck' Athearn

Jane Fonda ... Ella Connors

Jason Robards ... Jacob 'J.W.' Ewing
George Grizzard ... Neil Atkinson

Richard Farnsworth ... Dodger

Jim Davis ... Julie Blocker

Mark Harmon ... Billy Joe Meynert

Macon McCalman ... Virgil Hoverton

Basil Hoffman ... George Bascomb
James Kline ... Ralph Cole

James Keach ... Emil Kroegh
Clifford A. Pellow ... Cattle Buyer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Allan Baker ... Pall Bearer (uncredited)

Directed by
Alan J. Pakula 
 
Writing credits
Dennis Lynton Clark (written by)

Produced by
Ronnie Caan .... associate producer (as Ronald Caan)
Robert Chartoff .... executive producer
Gene Kirkwood .... producer
Dan Paulson .... producer
Irwin Winkler .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Small 
 
Cinematography by
Gordon Willis 
 
Film Editing by
Marion Rothman 
 
Casting by
Isabel Halliburton 
 
Production Design by
George Jenkins 
 
Set Decoration by
Arthur Jeph Parker 
 
Costume Design by
Luster Bayless 
 
Makeup Department
Bernadine M. Anderson .... makeup artist (as Bernadine Anderson)
Emile LaVigne .... makeup artist (as Emil Lavigne)
Kaye Pownall .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
James D. Brubaker .... unit production manager
Hal W. Polaire .... executive in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
D. Scott Easton .... dga trainee (as Scott Easton)
Paul Helmick .... first assistant director
Albert M. Shapiro .... second assistant director (as Albert Shapiro)
 
Art Department
Rod Babb .... greensman
Francis N. 'Lucky' Costello .... painter (as Frank 'Lucky' Costello)
Matt Furginson .... set dresser (as F. Matthew Furginson)
Jaroslav Gebr .... portrait artist
Jerry Graham .... property master
Joseph Hurley .... sketch artist
Victor Clay Johnson .... propmaker foreman
Gary F. Kieldrup .... assistant property master (as Gary Kieldrup)
William Maldonado .... construction coordinator
Herman Muelmann .... swing gang
James J. Murakami .... assistant art director (as James Murakami)
Ray Villalobos Sr. .... print foreman (as Ray Villalobos)
R. Chris Westlund .... lead man (as Chris Westlund)
S. Bruce Wineinger .... construction foreman (as Bruce Wineinger)
 
Sound Department
Bill Becker .... cable person
Michael Colgan .... sound editor
Laurey Condon .... assistant sound editor
Christopher Newman .... production sound (as Chris Newman)
Kay Rose .... supervising sound editor
Walter Rühland .... cable person (as Walter Ruhland)
Victoria Rose Sampson .... sound editor
Theodore Soderberg .... sound re-recordist
Pat Suraci .... boom operator
Paul Wells .... sound re-recordist
Douglas O. Williams .... sound re-recordist
Christopher Newman .... production sound mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Phil Cory .... special effects
Ken Pepiot .... special effects assistant
 
Stunts
William H. Burton Jr. .... stunts (as Bill Burton)
Danny Costa .... stunts
H.P. Evetts .... stunts
Donna Garrett .... stunts
Walter Scott .... stunt coordinator
Jim Sheppard .... stunts (as James Sheppard)
Sammy Thurman .... stunts
R.L. Tolbert .... stunts
Ted White .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Doug Byers .... electrician
Craig Denault .... first assistant camera (as Craig DeNault)
Alan R. Disler .... second assistant camera (as Alan Disler)
Clyde Hart .... key grip
George Holmes .... gaffer
Larry D. Howard .... best boy (as Larry Howard)
William Kenney .... dolly grip (as Bill Kenney)
Gerald A. King .... second grip (as Jerry King)
Marcia Reed .... still photographer
John Reynolds .... lighting director
Donald E. Thorin .... camera operator (as Donald Thorin)
 
Casting Department
Robert Young .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dorothy Edwards .... costumer: women
Michael J. Harte .... costumer: men (as Michael Harte)
Francine Jamison-Tanchuck .... ladies' costumer (as Francine Jamison)
 
Editorial Department
Jeff Chaves .... colorist (digital color correction)
Kathleen Korth .... assistant editor
Michael E. Polakow .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
George Brand .... music editor
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator
Aaron Rochin .... scoring mixer
Michael Small .... conductor
 
Transportation Department
Russell McEntyre .... transportation coordinator
Ed Wirth .... transportation co-captain
 
Other crew
Harry Clein .... publicist
Bud Conley .... craft service
Janet Crosby .... assistant to producer
Judi Dolan .... projection services
Wayne Fitzgerald .... titles
Karen Kelly .... production secretary
Marge Leonard .... assistant to director
Ann Luly .... misc crew
Lisbeth Plannette .... production coordinator
Hannah Scheel .... script supervisor
William Smith .... auditor
Rudy Ugland .... wrangler boss
Douglas Wick .... assistant to director
Charles Winkler .... production assistant
David Wyler .... production assistant
Richard Norwood .... animal trainer (uncredited)
Fred O'Dell .... animal trainer (uncredited)
Jimmy Sherwood .... animal trainer (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
118 min
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (35 mm prints) | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)
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Trivia:
One of a number of offbeat and revisionist westerns made during the 1970s.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After Ewing is told he will lose his ranch if he doesn't allow testing for oil, Frank and Ella are shown chasing cattle while swinging their ropes...left handed. In the next scene they are shown roping right handed.See more »
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35 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
One of the most real western movies ever!, 4 February 2006
Author: Alan Hale (alanco) from Kingston, Nevada

I only downrated this movie from 10 out of 10 for the predictable script. I was amused by the comment that Richard Farnsworth seemed out of breath. I am not even Farnsworth's age at filming yet, live in the sticks and I am similarly out of breath when doing heavy work. I have had to quit roping at age 60 due to back pain from previous ski racing injuries and occasional horse falls. In any case this is a very accurate description of cattle ranching anywhere. I have visited places in our Big Smoky Valley where real cattle ranches lived, raised kids and worked in mud, snow, very little for conveniences and without the power grid. We will go to a real cattle roundup near McDermitt, NV next fall of 4000 cattle. This is done by a pioneer family with four brothers, and offspring and is a prized invitation.

Watching home movies from real ranchers might convince some city people who don't notice things like such rudimentary sparse conditions. One example of a goof in the movie was Fonda putting on a watch which would have been an extreme extravagance in 1945. Had this movie had writing as realistic as the filming, it would have been much better. Robards was just to vicious to be real. This was 1945, not 1875, and he couldn't have gotten away with all the murders. The automobiles used, Fonda's 1928 or 29 Model A pickup, and Robard's 41 convertible, the Sheriff's 37 Dodge, and the Banker's 42 Plymouth were all very typical. In 1945, people didn't have the kind of money that they do now, and drove a lot older cars and there were no new cars between 1943 and 1946, and very few 1942 models due to the war.

The simple conversations are typical of cowboys and rural people who work hard and don't play boom boxes and don't say much. They are not driven like city people and work much more quietly. The courting buildup between Caan and Fonda had to do with each adapting to the other gradually and trust forming. It wasn't that Caan was laid back as much as he distrusted Fonda's impetuous reactions at first. The writers really got dialog and realistic conditions right.

I am from a rural background, went to college, drafted into the Army, then finished college and lived and worked in bigger and bigger places and did travel to a lot of places including Europe and Asia. I finally got tired of it, knowing I could create my own job in a small place. This is why a lot of people live in simple places and why so many retire in simple places. They don't care that there are no cable systems, malls, stores, or hospitals. That last long ride to a hospital hopefully will finish you off in the time it takes to get there. Simple places with low housing prices, and a simpler more outdoor life allow retirement poor couples to survive with a decent lifestyle which is far divorced from city/suburban pressured lifestyles. When people wonder why anyone would choose such a life, particularly after "seeing the world" some of it is the above. Handshake business, people who care about each other but still fight and argue, and leaving your doors unlocked is real rural culture, particularly in the west, but you always distrust government and you keep your guns ready.

I highly recommend this movie, I would have given it 8.5 out of 10, but the software is whole numbers, so it is rounded upward.

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