The Ballad of Cable Hogue

The Ballad of Cable Hogue

Sam Peckinpah (1970)

PG Certificate


Our Score
This elegy for the Old West is a beautifully crafted and very funny film. Like director Sam Peckinpah's earlier and more explicitly violent The Wild Bunch, it leaves an audience with nostalgic pangs for a lifestyle that perhaps only existed in motion pictures. Tender and ironic by turns, it contains marvellous performances from a whimsical Jason Robards (arguably a career best) as an itinerant prospector who "found water where there wasn't" and sexy Stella Stevens (definitely a career best) as the hooker who becomes his lady. It was severely truncated for release in Britain, where it ignominiously supported The Alf Garnett Saga, but the fabulous two-hour version, replete with its lilting ballad link Tomorrow Is the Song I Sing, is sublime.


A prospector left for dead in the desert stumbles across an underground spring, which saves his life and leads to a money-making venture as he turns the water hole into a stop-over station for stagecoaches. Meanwhile, he patiently plots his revenge in the hope his former associates will eventually drop by. Sam Peckinpah's comedy Western, with Jason Robards, David Warner, Strother Martin and Slim Pickens.

Cast & Crew

Cable Hogue Jason Robards
Joshua David Warner
Bowen Strother Martin
Ben Slim Pickens
Hildy Stella Stevens
Taggart LQ Jones
Cushing Peter Whitney
Quittner RG Armstrong
Clete Gene Evans
Director Sam Peckinpah
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner Pathe LtdGuidance: May be edited for language.Available on: video and DVD
Comedy Drama