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Cat Ballou (1965)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance, Western | 24 June 1965 (USA)
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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 »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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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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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 »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 June 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Balladen om Cat Ballou See more »

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Gross USA:

$20,666,667
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Included among the American Film Institute's 1998 list of the 400 movies nominated for the Top 100 Greatest American Movies. See more »

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The two men who sing and play the banjo in the beginning of the film are quite obviously not playing their instruments. 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 opening credits appear in the pages of a Playbill magazine. See more »

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Referenced in Holes (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Shall We Gather at the River?
(uncredited)
Written by Robert Lowry
Sung by the Townsfolk
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What's the Matter? Cat Got Your Tongue?
21 October 2003 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

Prim, proper and beautiful school teacher Jane Fonda (in the titled role) returns home to find that father John Marley is being threatened by some evil men in town who are looking to build a railroad through property that he refuses to sell. She sends for gunslinger Lee Marvin (in a hilarious and surprising Oscar-winning turn) to protect her father and her new friends (who have sorted pasts by the way). What she did not know is that Marvin is way past his prime and has turned into little more than an alcoholic lush. An assassin (Marvin again) with a fake nose does eventually get to Marley and now it is up to Fonda, Marvin and company to bring the men who killed her father to justice. Oh did I mention that the story is told via musical interludes by Nat King Cole and Stubby Kaye? "Cat Ballou" is a wild and uproarious movie that works really well due to its creative ideas. Part Western, part musical, part comedy and part drama, the movie creates a large jumble that actually works amazingly well. Marvin, easily doing the work of his career, dominates a movie that has many memorable elements to it. 4.5 out of 5 stars.


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