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McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)

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A gambler and a prostitute become business partners in a remote Old West mining town, and their enterprise thrives until a large corporation arrives on the scene.

Director:

Robert Altman

Writers:

Edmund Naughton (novel), Robert Altman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Warren Beatty ... John McCabe
Julie Christie ... Constance Miller
Rene Auberjonois ... Sheehan
William Devane ... The Lawyer
John Schuck ... Smalley
Corey Fischer ... Mr. Elliott
Bert Remsen ... Bart Coyle
Shelley Duvall ... Ida Coyle
Keith Carradine ... Cowboy
Michael Murphy ... Sears
Antony Holland ... Hollander
Hugh Millais Hugh Millais ... Butler
Manfred Schulz Manfred Schulz ... Kid
Jace Van Der Veen Jace Van Der Veen ... Breed (as Jace Vander Veen)
Jackie Crossland Jackie Crossland ... Lily
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Storyline

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. Written by John J. Magee <magee@helix.mgh.harvard.edu>

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Purveyors of Paradise. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Cantonese

Release Date:

8 July 1971 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

The Presbyterian Church Wager See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$31,558
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.40 : 1
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The original title of this film was "The Presbyterian Church Wager". It was rejected due to complaints by the church to Warner Bros. See more »

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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 »

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[first lines]
John McCabe: [muttering to himself] I told you... Think I'm stupid?... S'exactly what I said. Six, six of 'em...
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Near masterpiece...forerunner of Deadwood series!!!
26 July 2019 | by elo-equipamentosSee all my reviews

Robert Altman never get the respect from the producers, due him was so rebel, in this period of time since "M.A.S.H." until "Thieves Like Us", was a true fertile phase, after that he never got a succeeded career, therefore McCabe & Mrs. Miller gave to Bob an high acknowledgement from the critics, This picture wasn't a usual western, is quite different, no heroes, no gunfights, no romance, it's display to us how was the western on those hard times, a little town on northwest of US's territory, living for early mining and around countless suppliers selling goodies, tools, liquors, Chinese cheap labors and the main and a essential, many prostitutes to relief those tough and lonely workers, McCabe and Mrs. Miller were partner on this profitable business, somehow appears someone to buy it by any means, fabulous near masterpiece, Warren Beatty and Julie Christie were incredible, this picture was the forerunner of successful "Deadwood" series, both have the same cold environment and approaching , outstanding production that became a cult movie, despite overlooked on release time!!

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First watch: 2019 / How many: 1 / Source: DVD / Rating: 9


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