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The Misfits (1961)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, Western | 1 February 1961 (USA)
A divorcée falls for an over-the-hill cowboy who is struggling to maintain his romantically independent lifestyle.

Director:

John Huston

Writer:

Arthur Miller (screenplay)
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Clark Gable ... Gay Langland
Marilyn Monroe ... Roslyn Taber
Montgomery Clift ... Perce Howland
Thelma Ritter ... Isabelle Steers
Eli Wallach ... Guido
James Barton ... Fletcher's Grandfather
Kevin McCarthy ... Raymond Taber
Estelle Winwood ... Church Lady Collecting Money in Bar
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Storyline

Dpressed divorcèe, Roslyn Tabor (Monroe), and Gay Langland (Gable), an aging ex-cowboy, who survives by rounding up and catching mustangs (and sselling them to slaughterhouses Wallach plays Guido, Langland's pilot partner, and Clift plays Perce Howland, a drifter rodeo rider. Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

It shouts and sings with life ... explodes with love! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Western

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los inadaptados See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Seven Arts Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

After Clark Gable's funeral on November 20, John Huston, Arthur Miller, and producer Frank E. Taylor decided to push hard to get the film released by December 31, 1960, so that Gable would be eligible for a Best Actor Nomination for that year's Academy Awards. However, post-production had just started and composer Alex North had not been given a chance to see the final cut, thus he had not begun writing the film score. By early December it was deemed impossible to have the dubbing and score completed by the proposed premiere date. North did have the score completed within 3 weeks, and the film only missed the proposed release date by a little over a month, premiering February 1, 1961. See more »

Goofs

After Gay and Roslyn pick up the dog, you hear the truck engine rev and see the scenery behind them through the rear truck window start to move several seconds before Gay looks forward and makes any motion to start to "drive". The truck then lurches forward well after they had started forward. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Isabelle Steers: Young man, do you have the time? I got six clocks in the house and none of them work.
Guido: Twenty after nine.
Isabelle Steers: After? It's twenty after, dear. Dahlin'. Five minutes.
Roslyn: What about you?
Isabelle Steers: I'm all set, I just tyin' my sling. The lawyer said nine thirty sharp, dahlin'.
Roslyn: Okay.
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Crazy Credits

There are no closing credits of any kind. Not even the words "THE END" appear on the screen. See more »

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Marilyn –– saving the best for last
7 December 2005 | by randybigham-1See all my reviews

Marilyn Monroe's breathy voice and little girl sweetness have a depth and reason in this film that most of her other roles lacked.

The Misfits, written by Monroe's ex-husband Arthur Miller, is as harsh and dark as his relationship with the actress apparently was. While over-written and plodding, the dialog has an earthy reality that seeps out from time to time, aided in no small way by John Huston's excellent direction and stunning cinematography.

Marilyn's equally iconic co-stars –– Clark Gable, Montgomery Clift, Eli Wallach, Thelma Ritter –– realize their parts with finesse and feeling. But Monroe stands out in this modern day, psychological western – not for her beauty or glamor –– but for a contemplative strength and tragic emotion the actress seldom revealed on screen.

She seemed to be emerging from her sex-pot shell in her impersonation of a drifting divorcée drawn to a trio of struggling, yet oddly aimless, Nevada ranch hands. Her expressions and mannerisms are natural, at times weighted with a sadness, a tiredness that may not have been acting at all. Whether intentional or not, these facial shots of grief and pain are exquisitely disturbing, as much for their fleshing out Marilyn's personal travail at the time the movie was made as for the mixed-up character she was playing.

Her sensitivity to the plight of the wild horses the ranchers are capturing and killing for illegal profit, is brilliantly well-paced, her anguished dialog in defense of their freedom evocative of larger social issues coming to the fore in the 1960s. The poignant scenes of her outrage at the men's treatment of the horses are in fact seething in their intensity, giving the viewer a tantalizing glimpse of the caliber of talent Marilyn held in reserve, and would likely have expressed to greater acclaim had she lived longer. As it turned out, The Misfits, with all its pathos and desolation, underscored by sweeping desert backdrops, was Monroe's last film. Perhaps unavoidably, it's regarded by many as a metaphor for Marilyn's own professional and private turmoil.

And it may be. But it's also a splendid tribute to the range of her abilities. More than any other movie in which she appeared, the hauntingly heroic, if flawed, tale of The Misfits is the finest, most compellingly honest work Marilyn Monroe ever achieved.


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