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The Missouri Breaks (1976)

Tom Logan is a horse thief. Rancher David Braxton has horses, and a daughter, worth stealing. But Braxton has just hired Lee Clayton, an infamous "regulator", to hunt down the horse thieves; one at a time.

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Arthur Penn

Writer:

Thomas McGuane
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marlon Brando ... Lee Clayton
Jack Nicholson ... Tom Logan
Randy Quaid ... Little Tod
Kathleen Lloyd ... Jane Braxton
Frederic Forrest ... Cary
Harry Dean Stanton ... Calvin
John McLiam ... David Braxton
John P. Ryan ... Si (as John Ryan)
Sam Gilman ... Hank Rate
Steve Franken ... The Lonesome Kid
Richard Bradford ... Pete Marker
James Greene ... Hellsgate Rancher
Luana Anders ... Rancher's Wife
Danny Goldman Danny Goldman ... Baggage Clerk
Hunter von Leer Hunter von Leer ... Sandy (as Hunter Von Leer)
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Storyline

Tom Logan is a horse thief. Rancher David Braxton has horses, and a daughter, worth stealing. But Braxton has just hired Lee Clayton, an infamous "regulator", to hunt down the horse thieves; one at a time.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

One Steals, One Kills, One Loves, One Dies

Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 May 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Duelo de gigantes See more »

Filming Locations:

Billings, Montana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$14,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Devon/Persky-Bright See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Writer and script doctor Robert Towne conceived the film's final showdown, which solved the story problems caused by Marlon Brando's ad-libbing and changes to the screenplay. See more »

Goofs

When Tom and Jane mount the same horse, one in front each other, her modern white underwear appears for a while. See more »

Quotes

Calvin: A 44.40 in the brain pan would be my sentence for him. Now I don't know why don't want to go along with that, Tom!
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Alternate Versions

The original UK cinema version was cut for a 'AA' (15) certificate by the BBFC to edit a sex scene, a shooting, a shot of a spike hitting a man's forehead, and blood dripping from a man's mouth. The cuts were fully restored in the 1987 video release, though the later 2004 DVD version was slightly re-edited owing to print damage. See more »


Soundtracks

Oh! Susanna
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Written by Stephen Foster
Performed by Cast
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27 February 2005 | by terkanasSee all my reviews

Maybe a bit disjointed, but I liked it, a lot, actually. Lead males were all great, but like so many westerns The Girl was a let-down. With most of the cast playing it pretty straight Brando doesn't seem over the top at all, it works well and is not too silly at all, reminds me of a eccentric uncle combined with Hannibal Lector, without the, you know.... Otherwise a film you should definitely consider watching, if only to see how Brando, Nicholson, and Harry Dean Stanton do a western. I loved it, Brando stole the show. See it to decide for yourself whether you like the direction Brando takes it. There's nothing like it, and this is not a run-of-the-mill western.


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