6.8/10
13,312
104 user 42 critic

Cat Ballou (1965)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance, Western | 24 June 1965 (USA)
Trailer
3:28 | Trailer
A young schoolteacher turns into an outlaw to avenge her murdered father.

Director:

Elliot Silverstein

Writers:

Walter Newman (screenplay), Frank Pierson (screenplay) (as Frank R. Pierson) | 1 more credit »
Won 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jane Fonda ... Catherine 'Cat' Ballou
Lee Marvin ... Eli 'Kid' Shelleen / Tim Strawn
Michael Callan ... Clay Boone
Dwayne Hickman ... Jed
Nat 'King' Cole ... Shouter - Sunrise Kid (as Nat King Cole)
Stubby Kaye ... Shouter - Sam the Shade
Tom Nardini ... Jackson Two-Bears
John Marley ... Frankie Ballou
Reginald Denny ... Sir Harry Percival
Jay C. Flippen ... Sheriff Ed Cardigan
Arthur Hunnicutt ... Butch Cassidy
Bruce Cabot ... Sheriff Maledon
Burt Mustin ... Accuser
Paul Gilbert Paul Gilbert ... Train Messenger
Edit

Storyline

Cat(herine) Ballou's family farm is being threatened by the railroad. She sends for Kid Shelleen, finding him to be the drunkest gunfighter in the west. When her father is killed by the rail road magnate's gunman, she vows to fight on. Shelleen manages to ride sideways in several scenes, while minstrels sing the ballad of Cat Ballou in between scenes. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

It's That Way-Out Whopper Of A Funny Western...A She-Bang To End All She-Bangs! See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The film's horse trainer told Elliot Silverstein that the scene where a horse leans against a wall with its front legs crossed could not be shot because horses don't cross their legs, but that it might be possible if he had a couple of days. Silverstein invoked his rank as director and gave him an hour. The trainer plied the horse with sugar cubes while repeatedly pushing its leg into position, and they were able to get the shot. See more »

Goofs

When Kid is having his bath just after Jackson has poured in some hot water, the surface of the water is mostly all steam. As Kid is lathering up his face to shave, a closer shot shows all of the steam replaced by lots of suds that weren't there just before. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Professor Sam The ShadeThe Sunrise Kid: [singing] Well now friends just lend an ear for you're now about to hear the Ballad of Cat Ballou.
See more »

Crazy Credits

The opening credits appear in the pages of a Playbill magazine. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Halloween II (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock of Ages
(uncredited)
Written by Augustus Montague Toplady
Sung by the Townsfolk
See more »

User Reviews

 
Tour de force performance by Marvin makes this a hit!
20 February 2000 | by dfranzen70See all my reviews

Jane Fonda plays Cat Ballou, back in the days when she was not only acting but also accepting sexy kittenish roles, a rancher's daughter out to avenge the murder of said rancher by the bad guys who run the town. Yep, it's a sex Western, one that gives us the one-of-a-kind performances of Fonda and of Lee Marvin, who has two roles - an alcoholic gunslinger who's supposed to be Cat's saving and a mean, dastardly hit man with a prosthetic nose - and who won himself an Oscar for his delightful work. But it's not just the lighthearted performances of the actors that floats this film, it's also the riveting, uproarious script. The pace is never dull - there are some Westerns that'll slow things down to kind of add mood to a story, but not this one. This would make a nice double-bill with another of Fonda's sexy early roles, "Barbarella."


27 of 30 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 104 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 June 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cat Ballou See more »

Filming Locations:

Custer County, Colorado, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Gross USA:

$20,666,667
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed