Due to the lack of men after the Civil War, a small western town allows a bachelorette with ulterior motives to save a horse thief from the gallows by marrying him. They must deal with his old gang, the Sheriff, the bank, and each other.
This remake of the 1946 movie of the same name accounts an affair between a seedy drifter and a seductive wife of a roadside café owner. This begins a chain of events that culminates in murder.Written by
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When plotting the characterization for the role of Cora, Jessica Lange decided the young woman had first tried to make it as a movie actress in Hollywood, struck out, and eventually married. When Jack Nicholson learned this, he gave her the autobiography of trashy, blonde, B-movie actress Barbara Payton ("I Am Not Ashamed", published in 1963.) Lange based her character's history partly on Payton, who, like her, was born in Cloquet, Minnesota. See more »
(at around 1h 35 mins) When Cora walks to the door of the café after coming back from her mother's, her zipper and zipper pull show. What we see is an "invisible" zipper which were not invented until the early 1960's. See more »
You're scum, Frank! I knew that when I met you... You'll never change.
Frank (Jack Nicholson) is a Depression-era (regular gas was 16 cents a gallon; ethyl 18 cents) drifter, a thief, and a con man. Cora (Jessica Lange) is the bored and sensuous cook in a tavern run by her older Greek husband, Nick (John Colicos).
The first time Nick goes to town, Frank & Cora end up on the kitchen table in mad, savage, animalistic lovemaking. They try to run away together, but come back to kill her husband.
When they failed the first time, they staged a wreck. Cora got so excited she spread her legs right there on the ground near her supposedly dead husband.
The film is full of passion and excitement. Things change rapidly, and you are always guessing. Anjelica Huston even pops in as a weekend fling for Frank.
The ending was a surprise, but it fit perfectly.
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