“This is one month’s pay. We were up there all winter. Plus ten dollars for the two wolves.”
A trio of cowboys (Lee Marvin, Jack Palance, and Mitch Ryan) try to find work during increasingly difficult times.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Jack Palance Films
- Jeanne Moreau Films
- Lee Marvin Films
Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary notes, this wonderful, unusual western is basically a “death song to the American cowboy”. There are many moments of genuine humor, pathos, and realism; the dirt on these cowboys’ faces and gloves isn’t wiped off. There are many memorable scenes: the cowhands bonding together to get their beloved (but stinky) cook clean, and his gleeful retaliation afterwards; a grizzled cowboy carefully removing his dentures before participating in a bar room brawl; the wordless interaction between Marvin and Jeanne Moreau as she successfully distracts him from smoking the cigarette he’s just rolled. You’re guaranteed to get caught up in the lives of these men as they negotiate a new existence in the midst of rapid economic and social change.
- Jeanne Moreau as Marvin’s hopeful prostitute-girlfriend
- Lee Marvin’s subtle performance
- Jack Palance as a smiling cowboy
- A gritty look at life for cowboys in the late 1800s
No, but it’s recommended.