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.
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The story of a gambling man and a hustling lady.
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Did You Know?
It began snowing near the end of shooting, when the church fire and the standoff were the only scenes left. Warren Beatty
did not want to start shooting in the snow, as it was in a sense dangerous (expensive) to do so: to preserve continuity, the rest of the film would have to be shot in snow. Robert Altman
countered that since those were the only scenes left to film, it was best to start since there was nothing else to do. The "standoff" scene and its concurrent church fire scene, were shot over nine days. The heavy snow, with the exception of a few "fill-in" patches on the ground, was genuine; the crew members built snowmen and had snowball fights between takes. 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...
Referenced in The Claim
Sisters of Mercy
Written and Performed by Leonard Cohen See more