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McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)

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Original Title : McCabe &, Mrs. Miller
Director : Robert Altman
Writer : Robert Altman
Warren Beatty
Brian McKay
Edmund Naughton
Genre : Drama
Western
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Mitchell Brower , Robert Eggenweiler , David Foster
Music : Leonard Cohen
Photography : Vilmos Zsigmond
IMDB ID : 0067411
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poster for "McCabe & Mrs. Miller" by Robert Altman (1971)
McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971) - Robert Altman
 

Starring

Warren Beatty John McCabe
Julie Christie Constance Miller
Rene Auberjonois Sheehan
William Devane The Lawyer
John Schuck Smalley
Corey Fischer Mr. Elliot
Bert Remsen Bart Coyle
Shelley Duvall Ida Coyle
Keith Carradine Cowboy
Michael Murphy Sears
Antony Holland Hollander
Hugh Millais Butler
Manfred Schulz Kid
Jace Van Der Veen Breed (as Jace Vander Veen
Jackie Crossland Lily
Elizabeth Murphy Kate
Carey Lee McKenzie Alma
Thomas Hill Archer (as Tom Hill
Linda Sorenson Blanche (as Linda Sorensen
Elizabeth Knight Birdie (as Elisabeth Knight
Janet Wright Eunice
Maysie Hoy Maisie
Linda Kupecek Ruth
Jeremy Newson Jeremy Berg
Wayne Robson Bartender
Jack Riley Riley Quinn
Robert Fortier Town drunk
Wayne Grace Bartender
Wesley Taylor Shorty Dunn
Anne Cameron Mrs. Dunn
Graeme Campbell Bill Cubbs
J.S. Johnson J.J.
Joe Clarke Joe Shortreed
Harry Frazier Andy Anderson
Edwin Collier Gilchrist
Terence Kelly Quigley
Brantley F. Kearns Fiddler
Don Francks Buffalo
Rodney Gage Sumner Washington
Lili Francks Mrs. Washington
Joan Maguire Townswoman
Harvey Lowe Townsman
Eric Schneider Townsman
Milos Zatovic Townsman
Claudine Melgrave Townswoman
Derek Keurvorst Townsman (as Derek Deurvorst
Alex Diakun Townsman (as Alexander Diakun
Gordon Robertson Townsman
 

Plot

Set in winter in the Old West. Charismatic but dumb John McCabe arrives in a young Pacific Northwest town to set up a whorehouse/tavern. The shrewd Mrs. Miller, a professional madam, arrives soon after construction begins. She offers to use her experience to help McCabe run his business, while sharing in the profits. The whorehouse thrives and McCabe and Mrs. Miller draw closer, despite their conflicting intelligences and philosophies. Soon, however, the mining deposits in the town attract the attention of a major corporation, which wants to buy out McCabe along with the rest. He refuses, and his decision has major repercussions for him, Mrs. Miller, and the town.
 

Comments

** 1/2 out of **** The story of entrepreneur John McCabe (Warren Beatty), who sets up a whorehouse in a western town with the help of Constance Miller (Julie Christie) is interesting but ultimately too difficult to be worthwhile.A beautifully constructed movie, it creates tons of atmosphere, with the music, cinematography, and sets all perfectly setting the tone.The fault of the movie lies in an unfocused plot that really never gets the movie anywhere.I understand that the movie isn't about plot, but rather tone and atmosphere.However, it is necessary that a movie maintains some form of interest throughout its course, and for me, this movie failed to do so.It was beautifully to take in for the first fifteen or twenty minutes whileI experienced the atmospheric look at the west, but when the plot began to go nowhere I found that the atmosphere was really all the movie had going for it.So, while I admire its craftsmanship and appreciate Altman's directorial talents, it provided little entertainment and offered little satisfaction when all was said and done.
 
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