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Cat Ballou (1965)

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A woman seeking revenge for her murdered father hires a famous gunman, but he's very different from what she expects.

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Elliot Silverstein

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Walter Newman (screenplay), Frank Pierson (screenplay) (as Frank R. Pierson) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lee Marvin ... Shelleen / Strawn
Jane Fonda ... Cat Ballou
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 Tom Nardini ... Jackson Two-Bears
John Marley ... Frankie Ballou
Reginald Denny ... Sir Harry Percival
Jay C. Flippen ... Sheriff Cardigan
Arthur Hunnicutt ... Butch Cassidy
Bruce Cabot ... Sheriff Maledon
Burt Mustin ... Accuser
Paul Gilbert Paul Gilbert ... Train Messenger
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Storyline

Cat(herine) Ballou's family farm is being threatened by the Rail Road. 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>

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Cat Ballou Is All A Ball! See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 June 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cat Ballou - Hängen sollst du in Wyoming See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$20,666,667
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Lee Marvin essentially reprised his Kid Shelleen character four years later for his portrayal of Ben Rumson in Paint Your Wagon (1969). Ironically, where critics had lauded the scenery chewing of his earlier performance, they crucified his work on the same grounds in the later film. Of course, in this film Marvin doesn't attempt to sing. See more »

Goofs

As the gang has robbed the safe at the train and are ready to jump, they aren't holding anything in their hands as they start jumping off. In the next scene however, as they land on the ground they are holding money sacks from the train. 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.
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Crazy Credits

The traditional Columbia logo turns into a cartoon figure who strips her gown off, and becomes a caricature of Jane Fonda in a cowboy outfit. She then fires her guns into the air, the ground, and across her body multiple times! See more »

Connections

Referenced in There Goes My Baby (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Birthday to You
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Written by Patty S. Hill and Mildred J. Hill
Performed by Lee Marvin
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Riotous, slam-bang Western comedy!
26 January 2003 | by back2wsocSee all my reviews

In the most lighthearted roles of their careers, Academy Award-winner Jane Fonda (Klute, Coming Home) and Lee Marvin (winner of the Best Actor Oscar for this performance) shine as the title character, a virtuous young schoolmarm who sets out to avenge the death of her father Frankie (played by John Marley), and as drunken sharpshooter Kid Shelleen, who agrees to help the young woman go after the killer(s). Along for the ride are Clay Boone (Michael Callan), a handsome young felon who is sheltered by Cat and falls in love with her; Jed (Dwayne Hickman), Clay's Bible-thumping uncle, and Jackson Two-Bears (Tom Nardini, who is hilarious), the Ballou's hired hand who philosophically comments on the treatment of Native Americans. Nat King Cole and Stubby Kaye are enjoyable as troubadours who sing the plot of the movie as it moves along. Fonda never looked more beautiful, Marvin is a hoot (as Shelleen and his twin brother, the silver-nosed Tim Strawn), and the screenplay (by Walter Newman, Frank R. Pierson and Roy Chanslor, from his novel) is remarkable. Memorable scenes include the opening train sequence, the brawl at the square dance, the showdown between Cat and Sir Percival (played by character actor Reginald Denny) and the conclusion at the gallows. Delightful from start to finish! ***1/2 out of ****


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