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Paint Your Wagon (1969)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | 15 October 1969 (USA)
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Two unlikely prospector partners share the same wife in a California gold rush mining town.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ben Rumson
... Pardner
... Elizabeth
... Rotten Luck Willie
... Mad Jack Duncan
... Horton Fenty
Alan Dexter ... Parson
... Horace Tabor
... Haywood Holbrook (as Ben Baker)
... Mr. Fenty
... Mrs. Fenty
... Atwell
Geoffrey Norman ... Foster
... Steve Bull
Terry Jenkins ... Joe Mooney
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A Michigan farmer and a prospector form a partnership in the California gold country. Their adventures include buying and sharing a wife, hijacking a stage, kidnaping six prostitutes, and turning their mining camp into a boomtown. Along the way there is plenty of drinking, gambling, and singing. They even find time to do some creative gold mining. Written by David J. Kiseleski <davidk269@aol.com>

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Ben and Pardner shared everything -- even their wife! See more »


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Rated PG-13 for thematic material | See all certifications »
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15 October 1969 (USA)  »

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La leyenda de la ciudad sin nombre  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$31,678,778
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2.35 : 1
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The first attempt to film this property was by Louis B. Mayer and Jack Cummings in 1957. It was planned as a Cinerama release with a screenplay by John Lee Mahin and new songs by Alan Jay Lerner and Arthur Schwartz. The project was abandoned when Mayer died. Gary Cooper was being sought to play Ben Rumson. See more »

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When the town falls apart due to the tunnels collapsing, the smooth sides of the concrete tunnel are visible after the thin layer of mud falls down into them. See more »

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Pardner: What happens when you get in a fight?
Rumson: Well, if four of anything come at me at one time, you might lend a fist. Up until that I can pretty well take care of myself.
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Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Music by André Previn
Sung by Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood, Ray Walston, Patrick Hawley & Geoffrey Norman
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A very silly but very fun movie
5 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

(No spoilers herein).

My friend sent me this movie wanting to know my comments on it, without telling me even a word of what it was about or what he thought of it. I went and checked out the entry on IMDB and was a touch confused why he was sending me a sort of musical half-western flick, being that neither of those categories would pop up at the top of either our lists.

Needless to say, something about this movie surprised me -- I fully enjoyed watching it ! Right from the start the characters were interesting and the scenes quite absurdly funny. Some of the singing was truly awful (in a funny way), and other songs were actually very toe-tappingly catchy.

There is a whole lot of physical humor in this movie, from the opening scene after they bury the guy, to the ending scenes with the bull. And holy crap the older man drinks a lot. I don't think I've ever seen a movie where a single character drinks so much hard alcohol ! Along with the numerous sexual jokes I certainly wouldn't recommend this movie for children.

As the movie came to a conclusion, I found myself attached to the main characters and wanting to see more of their adventures. The plot had a very natural progression. As silly and ridiculous as it certainly was, the plot made a strange sort of sense.

I rate the movie an 8 out of 10.


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