Set in winter in the Old West. Charismatic but dumb John McCabe arrives in a young Pacific Northwest town to set up a whorehouse/tavern. The shrewd Mrs. Miller, a professional madam, arrives soon after construction begins. She offers to use her experience to help McCabe run his business, while sharing in the profits. The whorehouse thrives and McCabe and Mrs. Miller draw closer, despite their conflicting intelligences and philosophies. Soon, however, the mining deposits in the town attract the attention of a major corporation, which wants to buy out McCabe along with the rest. He refuses, and his decision has major repercussions for him, Mrs. Miller, and the town.
John J. Magee <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Did You Know?
At the beginning of the film, there is a shot of McCabe lighting a cigar before crossing the bridge. According to Robert Altman
, Stanley Kubrick
loved that shot and called him up asking him: "How did you know you had it?" See more
At 1:54:45 (McCabe stumbling away from the wagon in the snow) there's a camera crew visible on the left for a couple of seconds. See more
[muttering to himself
I told you... Think I'm stupid?... S'exactly what I said. Six, six of 'em...
Featured in Visions of Light
Written and Performed by Leonard Cohen See more