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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 »

Director:

Howard Zieff

Writer:

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 »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hollywood Cowboy See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Hearts of the West was one of the last features to be filmed on lot 2 MGM soon after this movie that property was sold and homes were built where all those sets used to be. 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

Lewis Tater: It's just like back at home. Every time we have soup for supper, I get a peppercorn in the first swallow!
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References Anna Christie (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

Red River Valley
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by Ken Lauber
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I really enjoyed this movie.
22 February 2007 | by maverick3855See all my reviews

I saw this movie years ago but didn't catch the title at the time. It took several years to locate the title and to see it again. I thought this was a very funny and well done movie. Lewis Tater has has an innocent enthusiasm that makes him instantly likable. His Overacting in the gunfighter scenes and cracking the invisible whip in the lobby of the boarding house were hilarious. It reminded me of Myself in my younger years. This movie is loaded with fun and there is a certain nostalgic atmosphere about it that just leaves you smiling. Very underrated movie. For a just plain feel good fun movie I highly recommend it.


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