The Radio Times logo

The Misfits

  • Western
  • Drama
  • 1961
  • John Huston
  • 124 mins
  • PG

Summary

Drama starring Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe and Montgomery Clift. In the garish setting of Reno, an ageing cowboy drifts into the company of three other misfits - a rodeo rider, a mechanic and a showgirl, each in search of a meaning to their lives.

Advertisement
Powered By
IMDB

Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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.

How to watch

Loading

Streaming

Credits

Cast

rolename
Gay LanglandClark Gable
Roslyn TaberMarilyn Monroe
Perce HowlandMontgomery Clift
GuidoEli Wallach
Isabelle SteersThelma Ritter
Old man in barJames Barton
Church ladyEstelle Winwood
Raymond TaberKevin McCarthy

Crew

rolename
DirectorJohn Huston

Details

Theatrical distributor
Park Circus
Released on
2015-06-12
Languages
English
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Black and white
Advertisement

RadioTimes.com is getting better. Fresh new look, redesigned programme hub, richer content…

FIND OUT MORE
Advertisement

Sponsored content