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A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

R | | Comedy, Western | 30 May 2014 (USA)
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As a cowardly farmer begins to fall for the mysterious new woman in town, he must put his newly found courage to the test when her husband, a notorious gun-slinger, announces his arrival.

Director:

Seth MacFarlane
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Seth MacFarlane ... Albert
Charlize Theron ... Anna
Amanda Seyfried ... Louise
Liam Neeson ... Clinch
Giovanni Ribisi ... Edward
Neil Patrick Harris ... Foy
Sarah Silverman ... Ruth
Christopher Hagen ... George Stark
Wes Studi ... Cochise
Matt Clark ... Old Prospector
Evan Jones ... Lewis
Aaron McPherson ... Ben
Rex Linn ... Sheriff / Narrator
Brett Rickaby ... Charlie Blanche
Alex Borstein ... Millie
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Storyline

Set in 1882 in the American west, Albert is a lowly farmer with a nice girlfriend. But when she leaves him for the more successful and handsome owner of a moustachery store, Albert returns to his lonely daily life of trying to avoid death. Then the mysterious Anna rides into town and captures Albert's interest and heart, but with her deadly husband in town, Albert is going to have to become the western gun-slinging hero he never was. It won't be easy because there are a million ways to die in the west. Written by Anne Campbell

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From the guy who brought you Ted See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong crude and sexual content, language throughout, some violence and drug material | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Navajo | Mandarin

Release Date:

30 May 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pueblo chico, pistola grande See more »

Filming Locations:

Monument Valley, Utah, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,069,000, 1 June 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$43,139,300

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$86,408,083
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Runtime:

| (Unrated)

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SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (ACES)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Gilbert Gottfried: Abraham Lincoln in Albert's drug trip. See more »

Goofs

Anna has her cowgirl hat on with her when she leaves Albert's house. Later when she hides with Edward and Ruth at their place and when she's with Clinch in the town square as a hostage she doesn't have her hat at all with her. It magically reappears right at the end when she & Albert embrace at his house surrounded by the millions of flock of sheep. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: Some people are born into the wrong time and place. This was the American frontier in 1882, a hard land for hard folk. Food was scarce, disease was rampant, and life was a daily struggle for survival. Hell, this was Miss America in 1880.
[picture of a leathery middle-aged woman]
Narrator: Holy shit. To build a home and a life in this harsh, unforgiving country required that a man be bold, fearless, and tough as iron. The men who were courageous and resilient were the men who prospered. But ...
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Crazy Credits

There is a post-credits sequence involving the gunman at the fair from the final scene. See more »

Connections

References Yojimbo (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

A Million Ways To Die
Performed by Alan Jackson
Music by Joel McNeely
Lyrics by Seth MacFarlane
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Wanted to like it but didn't. An interesting inconsistent misfire
31 May 2014 | by goofyballSee all my reviews

This review comes from someone who likes Famnily Guy and really enjoyed TED... but this new one... was... ouch... I went in expecting a few laughs but there were fewer than even my low expectations predicted. Other than the script everything is top notch. Actors are great. Charlize and Liam and Sarah Silverman etc are terrific. It's too bad they didn't have something better to work with.

Liam in fact seems like he's in a different movie. He's 100 percent serious. That might be Seth's point in making a guy (himself) who is caught in the middle of a serious horrible deadly world that the west really was.

It looks very good visually. Great score. But very inconsistent. Not hit and miss. More like hit and miss miss miss groan miss semi-hit miss. And the joke style kept changing. Silly to sweet to over the top and serious at times. and some of the jokes were so disgusting I don't know what they were thinking. (and i like disgusting)

Plus the anachronistic style gets tired fast.

And Seth as predicted should not have made himself the lead. He's not awful but would have benefited greatly with a pro. His persona is not fit for leading man status. And his voice and style is so in step with Brian's on family guy its a bit distracting.

Basically the tone of this film keeps changing. The joke styles keep changing. it doesn't know what it is. Is is a sweet western romcom? Is it a satire? Is it a serious comedy?

With all the success from Ted I'm guessing Seth had carte blanche with this one and probably needed someone to question him more.

Might be more fun if your stoned. Really really stoned. And/or maybe just see Blazing Saddles instead.


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