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The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)

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A hobo accidentally stumbles onto a water spring, and creates a profitable way station in the middle of the desert.

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Sam Peckinpah
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Robards ... Cable Hogue
Stella Stevens ... Hildy
David Warner ... Joshua
Strother Martin ... Bowen
Slim Pickens ... Ben Fairchild
L.Q. Jones ... Taggart
Peter Whitney ... Cushing
R.G. Armstrong ... Quittner
Gene Evans ... Clete
William Mims William Mims ... Jensen
Kathleen Freeman ... Mrs. Jensen
Susan O'Connell Susan O'Connell ... Claudia
Vaughn Taylor ... Powell
Max Evans Max Evans ... Webb Seely
James Anderson ... Preacher
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Storyline

Double-crossed and left without water in the desert, Cable Hogue is saved when he finds a spring. It is in just the right spot for a much needed rest stop on the local stagecoach line, and Hogue uses this to his advantage. He builds a house and makes money off the stagecoach passengers. Hildy, a sex worker from the nearest town, moves in with him. Hogue has everything going his way until the advent of the automobile ends the era of the stagecoach. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Cable Hogue says..."Do unto others... as you would have others do unto you." See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 May 1970 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Ballad of Cable Hogue See more »

Filming Locations:

Gold Canyon, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,716,946 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,500,000, 31 December 1975

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,000,000, 31 December 1980
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The automobile featured in the film is the "Leslie Special," from The Great Race (1965). The car was repainted from white to green, and the red upholstery replaced with white upholstery. See more »

Goofs

When Strother Martin is in the sand pit, his hat is shot off by Cable Hogue. However, the gun shot sound comes significantly after the hat flies off. See more »

Quotes

Cable Hogue: I'll live to spit on your grave!
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Connections

Referenced in Convoy (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Wait for Me, Sunrise
Written and Performed by Richard Gillis
Arranged by Jerry Goldsmith
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A movie you will always remember
8 June 2005 | by msrat116See all my reviews

I saw The Ballad of Cable Hogue while stationed in Virginia. I am not a huge fan of westerns, but this movie is one of the finest movies I have ever seen. The music itself makes the movie endearing and the characters and what they do makes the movie interesting from the start. It's a story of revenge, but there's no shoot 'em up heroics and bloody corpses lying around. Cable bides his time. What happens during this time is hilarious and the preacher is Cable's best friend. The ending is a twist that left me stunned and speechless. I won't say what happened cause there may be someone out there that has not seen the movie yet, but I highly recommend this movie. It is pure enjoyment and I am hoping that it is re-released in DVD with Dolby stereo enhancement, cause the music at the beginning is very moving. You will be humming that tune for the rest of your life. Thank you for reading my input. I would appreciate an email if the movie will be out on DVD someday.


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