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The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)

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A hobo accidentally stumbles onto a water spring, and creates a profitable way station in the middle of the desert.

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Sam Peckinpah
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Robards ... Cable Hogue
Stella Stevens ... Hildy
David Warner ... Reverend Joshua Douglas Sloan
Strother Martin ... Bowen
Slim Pickens ... Ben Fairchild
L.Q. Jones ... Taggart
Peter Whitney ... Cushing
R.G. Armstrong ... Quittner
Gene Evans ... Clete
William Mims William Mims ... Jensen
Kathleen Freeman ... Mrs. Jensen
Susan O'Connell Susan O'Connell ... Claudia
Vaughn Taylor ... Powell
Max Evans Max Evans ... Webb Seely
James Anderson ... Preacher
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Storyline

Double-crossed and left without water in the desert, Cable Hogue is saved when he finds a spring. It is in just the right spot for a much needed rest stop on the local stagecoach line, and Hogue uses this to his advantage. He builds a house and makes money off the stagecoach passengers. Hildy, a sex worker from the nearest town, moves in with him. Hogue has everything going his way until the advent of the automobile ends the era of the stagecoach. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Cable Hogue says..."Do unto others... as you would have others do unto you." See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Ballad of Cable Hogue See more »

Filming Locations:

Gold Canyon, Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

$3,716,946 (estimated)
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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Several crew members were fired from this film. It was the job of one crew member to have bus tickets back to Los Angeles for a fired crew member. If someone lost their job, Sam Peckinpah would ask, "Do you have a bus ticket for them?" See more »

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Hildy is giving Hogue a bath and he gets out. As Hogue is wrapping the towel around him, you can see his underwear on both sides of the towel. See more »

Quotes

Cable Hogue: Four days without water... if you don't think I've put in my sufferin' time, you oughta try goin' dry for a spell. Listen to me! Listen to me! If I don't get some soon, I ain't gonna have no chance to repent.
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Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Lyrics by Richard Gillis
Performed by Richard Gillis
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Peckinpah's gentle elegy for the Wild West
5 March 2012 | by aelaycockSee all my reviews

I didn't even know this was a Sam Peckinpah movie when I watched it. It has been programmed regularly on Cable TV here in the UK, and I idly switched over to it one Sunday evening. Cowboy movies in 2012? You must be joking! However, I was sufficiently hooked to watch this guy left for dead in the desert. It looks like Jason Robards, so it has to have something going for it. He finds a muddy puddle in the desert. OK, a cliché about this guy building up a prosperous business from scratch. Well, not quite. The clichés never happen. Instead the dialogue is interesting, poetic, never predictable. The character of Cable Hogue has depth and empathy. David Warner hoves into view as a disreputable preacher, dressed in black and thin as a gutter. In the nearest town we meet the hooker, played beautifully by the delectable Stella Stevens. OK, there are elements of slapstick which never quite work, but you feel the movie has something beyond the conventional western. When I discovered it was by Peckinpah, I immediately thought - yes, this is the work of a great director. Not a full-blown symphony, perhaps a string quartet (though by all accounts it cost enough to make). It leaves you with a feeling of satisfaction, tinged with melancholy. That coyote at the end has a collar - perhaps a symbol of the taming of the wilderness.


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