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Will Penny

  • Drama
  • 1967
  • Tom Gries
  • 105 mins
  • A

Summary

An ageing cowboy takes a job on a ranch, driving off trespassers from the owner's land. However, when he finds a woman and his son hiding out in a cabin, he takes pity on them and allows them to stay. But as an attraction develops between them, a bandit the cowboy had crossed in the past comes looking for him. Western, starring Charlton Heston, Joan Hackett and Donald Pleasence.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This marvellous winter western contains a fine performance by Charlton Heston as the grizzled lone rider of the title, who confronts the memorable Joan Hackett and is uncertain of how to break the tough habits of a lifetime: "I'm a cowboy. I don't know nuthin' else." Director Tom Gries, aided off screen by his friend Sam Peckinpah, never hit these heights again: this is unquestionably one of the great westerns, invariably overlooked, and marred only by the florid performance of an ill-cast Donald Pleasence. The photography by Lucien Ballard - who was also responsible for the look of Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch and Henry Hathaway's True Grit - is particularly outstanding, as is the fine score from Laura's David Raksin.

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Credits

Cast

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Will PennyCharlton Heston
Catherine AllenJoan Hackett
Preacher QuintDonald Pleasence
BlueLee Majors
Rafe QuintBruce Dern
AlexBen Johnson (1)
Ike WallersteinSlim Pickens
CatronClifton James
DutchyAnthony Zerbe
Boetius SullivanRoy Jenson
Anse HowardG D Spradlin
Dr FrakerWilliam Schallert
Romulus QuintMatt Clark
FoxyLuke Askew
Rufus QuintGene Rutherford
HoraceJonathan Gries

Crew

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DirectorTom Gries

Details

Theatrical distributor
Paramount Film Service Ltd
Language
English
Guidance
Edited for language and violence.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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