Monte Walsh

Monte Walsh

William A Fraker (1970)

94min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This evocative, painterly and melancholy western marks the directing debut of William A Fraker, the cameraman on Bullitt and Paint Your Wagon. It was the star of the latter, Lee Marvin, who enabled Fraker to make this movie about two cowboy friends, Marvin and Jack Palance, who see their way of life ending yet find their attempts to forge domesticated lives also doomed. This is a dying west of unemployment, exploitation, market forces and illness (the tuberculosis that afflicts Marvin's mistress, Jeanne Moreau), a west faded to a mere carnival sideshow. It's a pity that Fraker's feature directing career all but fizzled out after this striking, beautifully cast first feature.

Summary

An ageing cowboy tries to find a place for himself in the world as the Wild West becomes increasingly civilised. He hopes to marry a former saloon girl whose health is failing, but finds there is little work to do for someone with his talents - until his friend is killed by a thief and he has grounds for revenge. Western, starring Lee Marvin, Jack Palance and Jeanne Moreau.

Cast & Crew

Monte Walsh Lee Marvin
Chet Rollins Jack Palance
Martine Bernard Jeanne Moreau
Shorty Austin Mitch Ryan
Cal Brennan Jim Davis
Sonny Jacobs John Hudkins
Sunfish Perkins Raymond Guth
Petey Williams John McKee
Director William A Fraker
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. LtdGuidance: SwearingAvailable on: video
Drama