The Misfits

The Misfits

John Huston (1961)

124min
PG Certificate
ADVERTISEMENT

Review

Our Score
This drama from John Huston is more of a mausoleum than a movie. The last film of both Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable, and some might say containing the last real performance by Montgomery Clift, it went from box-office flop to cult status within the space of a year. Written by Monroe's then husband, Arthur Miller, it's a grey, solemn and at times pretentious piece about three drifters who hunt horses destined to become pet food. Somehow the flat, arid Nevada landscape mirrors the characters' bleak existence and sets the overall mood of despair and depression. Dogged by various production problems (Monroe's emotional upheavals, Clift's substance abuse, United Artists freezing the budget, Huston's gambling exploits and more), it's a film that's easy to admire - especially for Gable's rugged charm - but so hard to enjoy fully.

Summary

A divorcee forms a relationship with a group of latter-day cowboys struggling to eke out a living roping wild horses in the Nevada desert. John Huston's Western, starring Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Montgomery Clift, Eli Wallach and Thelma Ritter.

Cast & Crew

Gay Langland Clark Gable
Roslyn Taber Marilyn Monroe
Perce Howland Montgomery Clift
Guido Eli Wallach
Isabelle Steers Thelma Ritter
Old man in bar James Barton
Church lady Estelle Winwood
Raymond Taber Kevin McCarthy
Director John Huston
see more

Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Park CircusAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 12 Jun 2015
Drama