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Hearts of the West (1975)

Lewis Tater writes Wild West dime novels and dreams of actually becoming a cowboy. When he goes west to find his dream, he finds himself in possession of the loot box of two crooks who ... See full summary »

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Howard Zieff

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Rob Thompson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Bridges ... Lewis Tater
Andy Griffith ... Howard Pike
Donald Pleasence ... A.J. Nietz
Blythe Danner ... Miss Trout
Alan Arkin ... Kessler
Richard B. Shull ... Stout Crook
Herb Edelman ... Polo (as Herbert Edelman)
Alex Rocco ... Earl
Frank Cady ... Pa Tater
Anthony James ... Lean Crook
Burton Gilliam ... Lester
Matt Clark ... Jackson
Candice Azzara ... Waitress (as Candy Azzara)
Thayer David ... Bank Manager
Wayne Storm Wayne Storm ... Lyle
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Storyline

Lewis Tater writes Wild West dime novels and dreams of actually becoming a cowboy. When he goes west to find his dream, he finds himself in possession of the loot box of two crooks who tried to rob him. During his escape, Lewis stumbles on to the set of a Wild West movie, and through mishap and chance, becomes a star of Hollywood Westerns. Written by Bree Humphries <mhumphri@brynmawr.edu>

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Jeff Bridges is Lewis Tater, the Iowa farm boy who blazed a trail across the barren wastes of Hollywood and Vine in MGM's comedy surprise "Hearts of the West."

Genres:

Western | Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hollywood Cowboy See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A.J. Nietz (Donald Pleasence) is named after prolific western and "B" picture Director Alan James (real name Alvin J. Neitz), who started out in silent films, and lasted through the talkie era, and who directed westerns with such stars as Ken Maynard, Jack Hoxie, and Tim McCoy. See more »

Goofs

While directing the fistfight scene in the desert. The director walks back and forth in front of the camera. Even at one point stopping right in front of the camera. Thereby ruining a lot of the shoot. This may have been meant to show what a bad director he is. See more »

Quotes

[after the movie crew pick up Lewis in the desert]
Lewis Tater: You mean you guys ain't cowboys?
Howard Pike: Well, sure we're cowboys. Whaddaya suppose we are? Weasels?
Howard Pike: [points to Wally] Look at that guy's face, right there. Show him your profile, Wally. Now don't that look like a western type to you? That right there is a cowboy's face.
Wally: Reeks character. That's what they told me... reeks.
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Crazy Credits

The film opens with the 1930's MGM logo. See more »


Soundtracks

Blue Moon
(uncredited)
Written by Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers
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a fine tribute to the B western
24 April 1999 | by KingtoonSee all my reviews

Jeff Bridges portrayal of the innocent Lewis Tater combined with the slick performances of Alan Arkin and Andy Griffith make Hearts of the West a true Homage to the Republic pictures style of westerns Also keep an eye out for the sultry performance of Blythe Danner as Tater's love interest.


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