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Monte Walsh (1970)

PG-13 | | Western | 7 October 1970 (USA)
An aging cowboy realizes that the West he knew and loved will soon be no more--and that there will be no room for him, either.

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William A. Fraker

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Lukas Heller (screenplay), David Zelag Goodman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Marvin ... Monte Walsh
Jeanne Moreau ... Martine Bernard
Jack Palance ... Chet Rollins
Mitchell Ryan ... Shorty Austin
Jim Davis ... Cal Brennan
G.D. Spradlin ... Hal Henderson
John Hudkins ... Sonny Jacobs
Raymond Guth Raymond Guth ... Sunfish Perkins (as Ray Guth)
John McKee John McKee ... Petey Williams (as John R. McKee)
Michael Conrad ... Dally Johnson
Tom Heaton ... Sugar Wyman
Ted Gehring ... Skimpy Eagans
Bo Hopkins ... Jumpin' Joe Joslin
John McLiam ... Fightin' Joe Hooker
Allyn Ann McLerie ... Mary Eagle
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Monte Walsh is an aging cowboy facing the ending days of the Wild West era. As barbed wire and railways steadily eliminate the need for the cowboy, Monte and his friends are left with fewer and fewer options. New work opportunities are available to them, but the freedom of the open prairie is what they long for. Eventually, they all must say goodbye to the lives they knew, and try to make a new start. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Monte Walsh is what the West was all about. See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Monty Walsh See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This is one of the few films in which Jack Palance is not cast as a villain. See more »

Goofs

When Monte is breaking the Gray that Shorty never could break, a flank strap appears and disappears throughout the ride. See more »

Quotes

Monte Walsh: I rode the Grey down Shorty. You had to sit him high.
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"Introducing Mitchell Ryan" See more »

Connections

Edited into Go West, Young Man! (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

The Good Times Are Comin
Music by John Barry
Lyrics by Hal David
Sung by Cass Elliot (as Mama Cass)
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"Nobody gets to be a cowboy forever."
31 August 2002 | by longriflesSee all my reviews

So says Monte's friend as they sit on a front porch, wondering what they'll do now that their way of life is coming to a close. One of the most touching and poignant westerns ever made, "Monte Walsh" is a love poem written to a way of life that only lasted about 20 years, but defined much of American culture. The cowboy period only lasted from about 1865 to 1885, and this film shows several friends who have been cowboys for most of that time, deeply in love with their work, who see it all ending, and are powerless to stop it. Barbed wire fence and one really hard winter (which really did happen, and single handedly changed the western cattle industry, and eradicated the cowhand) do away with their blissful existence, forcing them to confront themselves. What do they do now? It isn't always pretty, and the decisions they make when the chips are down tell you most everything you need to know about human nature. The wonderful theme song by Mama Cass Elliot "The Good Times Are Coming" is just marvelous, and perfect for the film. All in all, one of the 5 best westerns ever made, and the absolute best one dealing with the working cowhand culture. Don't watch this movie if you are embarrassed about crying, because it will break your heart. Truly a work of art. The words "I rode down the gray" will haunt you for the rest of your life.


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