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The Missouri Breaks (1976)

PG | | Drama, Western | 22 May 1976 (USA)
Tom Logan is a horse thief. Rancher David Braxton has horses, and a daughter, worth stealing. But Braxton has just hired Lee Clayton, an infamous "regulator", to hunt down the horse thieves; one at a time.

Director:

Arthur Penn

Writer:

Thomas McGuane
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marlon Brando ... Lee Clayton
Jack Nicholson ... Tom Logan
Randy Quaid ... Little Tod
Kathleen Lloyd ... Jane Braxton
Frederic Forrest ... Cary
Harry Dean Stanton ... Calvin
John McLiam ... David Braxton
John P. Ryan ... Si (as John Ryan)
Sam Gilman ... Hank Rate
Steve Franken ... The Lonesome Kid
Richard Bradford ... Pete Marker
James Greene ... Hellsgate Rancher
Luana Anders ... Rancher's Wife
Danny Goldman Danny Goldman ... Baggage Clerk
Hunter von Leer ... Sandy (as Hunter Von Leer)
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Storyline

Tom Logan is a horse thief. Rancher David Braxton has horses, and a daughter, worth stealing. But Braxton has just hired Lee Clayton, an infamous "regulator", to hunt down the horse thieves; one at a time.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

One Steals, One Kills, One Loves, One Dies

Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 May 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Missouri See more »

Filming Locations:

Billings, Montana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,523
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Devon/Persky-Bright See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jack Nicholson did not like the fact that Marlon Brando used cue cards while filming. In their scenes together, Nicholson broke his concentration every time Brando shifted his gaze to the cue card behind the cameraman. See more »

Goofs

When Marlon Brando and Randy Quaid are crossing the Missouri River, there, far in the distance, cars driving on an interstate can be seen. See more »

Quotes

Jane Braxton: Why don't we just take a walk and we'll just talk about the Wild West and how to get the hell out of it!
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Alternate Versions

The original UK cinema version was cut for a 'AA' (15) certificate by the BBFC to edit a sex scene, a shooting, a shot of a spike hitting a man's forehead, and blood dripping from a man's mouth. The cuts were fully restored in the 1987 video release, though the later 2004 DVD version was slightly re-edited owing to print damage. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Film 2017: Episode dated 19 November 2014 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh! Susanna
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Written by Stephen Foster
Performed by Cast
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Often overlooked, but one great western
2 July 2004 | by huntington0See all my reviews

Marlon Brando died yesterday. I just got the news and felt compelled to comment on this flick specifically, because it seems that whenever I ask of self-professed Brando or western fans, "Have you seen Missouri Breaks?" the answer is, "No."

But what a great western! And what a great performance by Brando! Yes, it is 'quirky;' yes, Brando uses a different accent in nearly every scene; and yes, his performance seems at times almost improvised, shooting off in unexpected and rewarding directions. For all this quirkiness, however, I never once felt that the character's affectations were Brando's, or that Brando was somehow on-the-outside-looking-in, overly pleased at his own theatrical acrobatics. This is a brilliant man at work here, living in the moment, a vessel of the character. This has always amazed me about Brando's work: that working from the inside, he can so transform the outside--the physicality and mannerisms of his characters.

Good bye, Mr. Brando, and thank you.


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