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Hearts of the West (1975)

Lewis Tater writes Wild West dime novels and dreams of actually becoming a cowboy. When he goes west to find his dream, he finds himself in possession of the loot box of two crooks who ... See full summary »

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Howard Zieff

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Rob Thompson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Bridges ... Lewis Tater
Andy Griffith ... Howard Pike
Donald Pleasence ... A.J. Nietz
Blythe Danner ... Miss Trout
Alan Arkin ... Kessler
Richard B. Shull ... Stout Crook
Herb Edelman ... Polo (as Herbert Edelman)
Alex Rocco ... Earl
Frank Cady ... Pa Tater
Anthony James ... Lean Crook
Burton Gilliam ... Lester
Matt Clark ... Jackson
Candice Azzara ... Waitress (as Candy Azzara)
Thayer David ... Bank Manager
Wayne Storm Wayne Storm ... Lyle
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Storyline

Lewis Tater writes Wild West dime novels and dreams of actually becoming a cowboy. When he goes west to find his dream, he finds himself in possession of the loot box of two crooks who tried to rob him. During his escape, Lewis stumbles on to the set of a Wild West movie, and through mishap and chance, becomes a star of Hollywood Westerns. Written by Bree Humphries <mhumphri@brynmawr.edu>

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Jeff Bridges is Lewis Tater, the Iowa farm boy who blazed a trail across the barren wastes of Hollywood and Vine in MGM's comedy surprise "Hearts of the West."

Genres:

Western | Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hollywood Cowboy See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Part of a cycle of movies made during the mid-1970s about Tinseltown, old Hollywood, and its Golden Age, including the silent film era. The pictures include Inserts (1975), Valentino (1977), Nickelodeon (1976), Silent Movie (1976), The Wild Party (1975), The Last Tycoon (1976), Hearts of the West (1975), The Day of the Locust (1975), and The World's Greatest Lover (1977). See more »

Goofs

When Tater is shooting his gun as one of the extras in the rocks, and coming off the hill, he fires his gun eight times. He was only using a six shooter. See more »

Quotes

Musical Director: Well, what do you think?
[after watching a proposed musical number with Polo]
Polo: If you enjoy entertaining the crew, not bad. Otherwise it belongs in a rehearsal hall. A rehearsal hall is where you REHEARSE. Not here - this is a soundstage.
Musical Director: Well, what should I do with it?
Polo: Well, the first thing I would do is get rid of that noodle in the pith helmet and then...
[gestures wearily]
Polo:
  • shoot it.

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Crazy Credits

The film opens with the 1930's MGM logo. See more »

Connections

References Anna Christie (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

Yellow Yodel
Music by Ken Lauber
Lyrics by Jack Rogers
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well-crafted Valentine to 30's Westerns
27 May 2000 | by aromatic-2See all my reviews

The interplay between Jeff Bridges and Andy Griffith alone is well worth the price of admission, but the entire supporting cast gets into the spirit of this film about writing western movies in the early 30's. Fun for the entire family. Richard B. Schull and Anthony James are marvelous as the Mutt & Jeff antecedents of the wet bandits.


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