The Ballad of Cable Hogue 1970 R CC

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Love, comedy and drama are combined in this tale of desert survival in the Old West from legendary director Sam Peckinpah.

Starring:
Jason Robards, Stella Stevens
Runtime:
2 hours 2 minutes

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The Ballad of Cable Hogue

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Genres Drama, Western, Romance, Comedy
Director Sam Peckinpah
Starring Jason Robards, Stella Stevens
Supporting actors David Warner, Strother Martin, Slim Pickens, L.Q. Jones, Peter Whitney, R.G. Armstrong, Gene Evans, William Mims, Kathleen Freeman, Susan O'Connell, Vaughn Taylor, Max Evans, James Anderson, Felix Nelson, Darwin Lamb, Mary Munday, William D. Faralla, Matthew Peckinpah
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
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Customer Reviews

I think this is one of the funniest westerns ever made.
Roadrunner
Peckinpah came up with a philosophical, almost biblically themed picture here- yet it is also filled with the most laugh-out-loud humor of any of his films.
OAKSHAMAN
Despite all the deaths depicted, it's ultimately very full of life.
Ann Nominous

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69 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Theo Logos on June 21, 2006
Format: DVD
The Ballad of Cable Hogue is buried treasure - an outstanding film by a legendary director with brilliant performances that is still little known and rarely seen. Sam Peckinpah made it just months after his groundbreaking film, The Wild Bunch, and both films deal with the same topic - the end of the western frontier, although in radically different ways. While The Wild Bunch is a violently realistic film about a breed of western gunmen who had outlived their day, The Ballad of Cable Hogue is a stylized fable, by turn tender, dark, comic, and tragic that depicts the last days of another sort of western archetypal man. It may be that the film's resistance to easy categorization (is it a comedy? a tragic love story? a morality tale of revenge? a musical?) is responsible for its continued obscurity, but I find it an element of its greatness, and concur with Peckinpah, who characterized the film as part Keystone Cops, part Sartre's The Fly, and considered it his favorite of all his movies.

There are many reasons to love this film, including its stunning scenery of awesome, big sky desert landscapes, and a unique, lilting soundtrack with songs that become mysteriously etched in your mind. Yet its foremost strength is its brilliant performances from an impressive cast. Jason Robards plays the title role, brilliantly rendering the tough as boot leather yet vulnerable Hogue as charming and totally unforgettable. Stella Stevens delivers the crowning performance of her career as Hildy, a prostitute who aspires to go to San Francisco to become the "ladiest damn'd lady", yet unaccountably falls in love with the desert rat Hogue. Stevens and Robards together create an utterly believable screen romance that not only crackles with passion, but conveys real depths of caring and emotion.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful By David J. Gannon on March 1, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Starring Jason Robards & Stella Stevens and Directed by Sam Peckinpah, The Ballad of Cable Hogue is a brilliant little gem of a movie that somehow never made it onto the national radar screen when it was released. A major departure for Peckinpah, whose forte back then was the ultra violent epic-movies like The Wild Bunch and the highly acclaimed Straw Dogs-The Ballad of Cable Hoague tells the tail of a fellow abandoned for dead out in the western desert who is lucky enough to find the equivalent of an oasis and converts the spot into a way station for the pony express and the stage coach runs of the time. Wonderfully acted by Robards as Hoague and Stella Stevens as the nearby town's "working girl" as his romantic interest, the story is in essence a depiction of western life and the characters of the time.
This was a wonderful vehicle for may well know western character actors of the day: It's full of those sort of actor you recognize in an instant and have no idea what their name is. The story is sweet and engaging and the movie is totally devoid of the violence and gore that Peckinpah was famous for at the time.
So, if you are the sort of person who wants a movie to actually tell a story, actually present real characters, and warm your heart-this is definitely a choice you should make. You will not be disappointed.
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93 of 112 people found the following review helpful By a viewer on October 18, 2005
Format: DVD
This upcoming release from Warner bros will contain the following:

-The Wild Bunch Two-Disc Special Edition, Disc 1:

* Commentary by Peckinpah biographers/documentarians Nick Redman, Paul Seydor, Garner Simmons and David Weddle

* New digital transfer (16x9 2.35:1)

* Peckinpah trailer gallery

* Languages: English and French

* Subtitles: English, French and Spanish

Special Features Disc 2:

* Never-before-seen The Wild Bunch outtakes

* Additional scenes

* 3 documentaries

o Sam Peckinpah's West: Legacy of a Hollywood Renegade - A feature-length biography of the legendary director, featuring rare film clips, interviews with family and colleagues, and narration by Kris Kristofferson.

o 1996 Oscar Nominee The Wild Bunch: An Album in Montage

o A Simple Adventure Story: Sam Peckinpah, Mexico and the Wild Bunch

-Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid Two Disc Special Edition, Disc 1:

* 2005 Special Edition: (115 Mins.)

* Commentary by Special Edition Producer Nick Redman, Supervising Editor Paul Seydor and fellow Peckinpah biographers/documentarians Garner Simmons and David Weddle

* Peckinpah trailer gallery

* Languages: English and French

* Subtitles: English, French and Spanish (Feature Films Only)

Special Features Disc 2:

* 1988 Turner Preview Version: (122 Mins.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By ManfromplanetTom on January 13, 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
We finally get treated to pristine quality discs of what are, for me, the greatest group of Westerns ever made. By any filmmaker. Ever. Great widescreen renderings of beautiful works of art previously relegated, with the exception of Wild Bunch, to full screen vhs that did not begin to do them justice. P. G. & Billy the Kid is a dvd revelation, offering two different cuts to enjoy and mull over. Yes, the extras are a mixed bag, with those attached to Wild Bunch providing the best of the group, although the commentaries by these Peckinpah scholars are worthwhile on all 4 films. All I can say is, it certainly is about time to provide quality transfers of some of the finest films from this brilliant, uncompromising filmmaker. Often imitated but never equalled, there will never be another Sam Peckinpah. Wild Bunch is not just my favorite Western, it has to stand as my favorite movie of all time, and the other three aren't far behind. It is still amazing to me that, for the 1994 reissue to theatres of The Wild Bunch, the film-lovers at MPAA almost slapped their infamous NC-17 on this classic Western, which had been made 25 YEARS previously. In 1994, mind you, these champions of morality and good taste in movies were calling THIS film a piece of pornography. Talk about a film with astonishing powers that cannot be eroded by the passing years! Can certainly recommend this exciting set to all fans of the genre, and to all fans of flat-out great fimmmaking.
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