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Pocket Money (1972)

Broke and in debt, an otherwise honest cowboy gets mixed up in some shady dealings with a crooked rancher.

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Stuart Rosenberg

Writers:

Terrence Malick (screenplay) (as Terry Malick), J.P.S. Brown (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paul Newman ... Jim Kane
Lee Marvin ... Leonard
Strother Martin ... Bill Garrett
Wayne Rogers ... Stretch Russell
Hector Elizondo ... Juan
Christine Belford ... Adelita
Kelly Jean Peters ... Ex-Wife
Gregory Sierra ... Chavarin (as Gregg Sierra)
Fred Graham ... Uncle Herb
Matt Clark ... American Prisoner
Claudio Miranda Claudio Miranda ... Ministerio Publico
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Jim Kane is a loser cowboy in Nogales, Arizona.He has more good nature than good sense and often takes jack-of-all-trades jobs. His bank loans are jeopardized when his latest horse purchase is a bust. His horses are quarantined with STD. Jim is broke. The local hotel clerk sympathetic about his situation lets him live in the hotel maid's room for free. His ex-wife goes gentle on him when he cannot make the alimony payments. Jim turns down his uncle's offer of a job but accepts a deal to buy cattle in Mexico for a shady businessman who has a bad reputation. Jim travels to Mexico where he teams up with another loser, an old friend by the name of Leonard, who moved to Mexico in order to pursue one of his many failed get-rich-quick schemes. The two amigos set out to buy Mexican cattle from various local ranchers but they experience difficulties and soon run into trouble. Written by nufs68

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The two most memorable characters the West can never forget!

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Comedy | Drama | Western

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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jim Kane See more »

Filming Locations:

Ajo, Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

$2,700,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Lee Marvin confessed that he did not appreciate that much to work with Newman. He told that the latest finessed him. See more »

Quotes

Leonard: You know, we can wait around here all day.
Jim Kane: We don't wait for anybody Leonard.
Leonard: [confused] Well, how 'bout I wait around?
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Pocket Money
Written and Performed by Carole King
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A Confused Movie
30 October 1998 | by SrCharlsSee all my reviews

Throughout this thoroughly confused movie, I kept waiting for the point to become clear. Is it an innocent cowboy against the the corrupt cattle barons movie? Is it a buddy movie? A character study? What's the point?

Paul Newman seems to be playing a slightly retarded rancher, with an accent that is neither consistent nor believable. Lee Marvin plays the only character that is at least interesting, even though it's not at all clear just what his purpose in the movie is. Strother Martin is just painful to watch.

Mexicans may want to avoid this movie. It contains enough slurs to keep the producers in law suits for a decade if it had been produced in the more politically correct 90's.

It was a struggle to stay awake through this movie. I sure hope the book was better.


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