The Missouri Breaks
One Steals, One Kills, One Loves, One Dies
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- Rated: PG
- Run Time: 2 hours, 6 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: December 9, 2014
- Originally Released: 1976
- Label: KL Studios Classics
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital - English
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Marlon Brando & Jack Nicholson|
|Performer:||Frederic Forrest, Kathleen Lloyd, Randy Quaid, Harry Dean Stanton, Richard Bradford, John McLiam, Sam Gilman & John P. Ryan|
|Directed by||Arthur Penn|
|Edited by||Jerry Greenberg, Dede Allen & Stephen A. Rotter|
|Screenwriting by||Thomas McGuane|
|Composition by||John Williams|
|Produced by||Elliott Kastner & Robert M. Sherman|
|Director of Photography:||Michael C. Butler|
Rating: 4/5 -- Slightly lacking in tension but with a striking performance from Marlon Brando Full Review
Although the general western flavor of the film seems all right, an air of pastiche is never far off, as if this were really a western made not by Arthur Penn but by Monty Python's Flying Circus. Full Review
The New York Review of Books
Enjoyable, if forgettable, New Hollywood shtick. Full Review
The humor is the backbone of this long and at times repetitive story replete with interesting and incredible characters, with exceptional imagery and an inspired and relaxed style. [Full Review in Spanish] Full Review
El Pais (Spain)
Nicholson is quietly sly, and the lush, sharply edited film makes perfect use of his costar's free-range talent. -- Grade: B+
Rating: 3/4 -- If Penn failed to ride herd on his two superstars, he still was able to wrangle some sharp observations on the clash between the mythic old West and its reality Full Review
A Western-as-capitalist-critique piece shanghaied by Marlon Brando's eccentric bounty hunter trying on brogues, mumus, and buckskin Nudie suits. Full Review
THE MISSOURI BREAKS is a big-event picture starring Jack Nicholson and Marlon Brando as men on opposite sides of the law. Brando plays Lee Clayton, hired gunman and bounty hunter, sent to track down a gang of cattle thieves led by Tom Logan (Nicholson). The cattle thieves are stealing stock from rancher David Braxton. On top of that, Logan is having a love affair with Braxton's daughter. Braxton wants Clayton to bring the gang to justice, but Logan is not about to run from trouble.
It's the wild frontier and anything goes, especially in the untamed territory of Montana. Tom Logan (Jack Nicholson) leads a gang of cattle thieves out for revenge when one of its members is hanged by wealthy rancher David Braxton. Braxton, however, has hired expert manhunter Lee Clayton (Marlon Brando) to stop the gang at any cost. Clayton is a crazed man, driven half mad by the loneliness of his profession, a man who will never stop until he has gotten his quarry. Tom Logan is not intimidated and confronts Clayton himself. THE MISSOURI BREAKS is another vivid anti-western from Penn. Like LITTLE BIG MAN, this film takes a hard look at what life was like in the wild West, keeping the characters real and the story intense. Marlon Brando gives an unnerving performance as the insane bounty hunter, and Nicholson is sympathetic as the young but wearied cattle rustler who is in love with his enemy's daughter. The production overcame many difficulties with weather and locations to create an entertaining Hollywood epic.
- Shot on location in Montana.
- During the entire production Nicholson and Brando were only on the set the same day once, despite their mutliple scenes together.
- THE MISSOURI BREAKS marked the film debut of actress Kathleen Lloyd.
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