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Great Scout And Cathouse Thursday (1976)

Lee Marvin , Oliver Reed , Don Taylor  |  PG |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Lee Marvin, Oliver Reed, Robert Culp, Elizabeth Ashley, Kay Lenz
  • Directors: Don Taylor
  • Writers: Richard Shapiro
  • Producers: Jules Buck And David Korda
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004RPQSS2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,385 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Lee Marvin, an ex-trail Scout and Oliver Reed, his half-breed Indian partner decide to settle accounts with a former partner who cheated them out of stolen money.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This one will make you laugh June 12, 2011
The Great Scout and Cathouse Thursday is a great western comedy about Lee Marvin and his buddies getting their money back from a former gold mining partner. Marvins Harvard educated, half-Indian friend Joe Knox, is hilarious with his plan to get back at the white man by kidnapping seven prostitutes from the police and infecting them with the Clap. The movie is entertaining from start to finish. If you like The Cheyenne Social Club or Paint Your Wagon you will like this movie.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy good fun!!! June 3, 2012
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Fully remastered and much better than the VHS! This movie was made back in the day when raunchiness was still allowed without question, so there are some scenes that weren't in the VHS version.

The colors are great and the soundtrack has been perfected. Rollicking good fun in an all-star cast of Classic Actors, including Oliver Stone in one of his strangest performances.

A must-have for western comedy fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool Western Parody. December 14, 2011
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Cool Lee Marvin plays the Great Scout. Cool Oliver Reed plays Joe Knox, a drunken half-breed(!). Cool Strother Martin plays Billy, one of his patented prairie trash characters. This should have been a totally cool enterprise. RIGHT. Well, semi-cool. All the principal players deliver the proverbial goodies. The script is where the film falls a tad short. Where screenwriter Richard Shapiro should have been delivering belly whompers he for the most part gently tickles the funny bone. The scene where Joe goes for treatment of his social disease is a hoot, though. Instead of being on the level of "Blazing Saddles" and "Destry Rides Again" it's probably more akin to "Cat Ballou." The film is in it's way an offbeat ribald Western exercise. Instead of hitting a homerun I'd give the film a sliding triple.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Scout and Cathouse Thursday October 1, 2011
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I saw this movie when I was young and I thought it was one of the funniest movie's I seen in my life, next to the movie It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World. I did not see it anywhere for years, no store did not have it. That is why I love Amazon you can now find those movies that are hard to find, thanks I had no problem with the DVD.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
First, to make sense of the title:
THE GREAT SCOUT is Sam Longwood (Marvin), a western man whose 19th Century exploits (such as the single-handed capture of Geronimo) put him in history books while still alive.
CATHOUSE THURSDAY is Nancy Sue (Lenz), a supposedly 17-year-old lady of pleasure who's the unwilling girlfriend of cathouse madam 'Mike' (Miles).

Star Lee Marvin clearly shows evidence of alcohol abuse-- in many scenes he appears to be under its influence. Britisher Oliver Reed is delightful as the sophisticated half breed Joe Knox, a Harvard-educated Injun. So is Strother Martin as Longwood's flim-flamming partner, Billy. He, Joe and Sam are a trio of traveling connivers.

The story is set in 1908. Horsedrawn carts share dusty town streets with early open autos. The old ways of the west rapidly fade into the past, as do men like buckskin-wearing Sam Longwood. He and his two compadres are determined to get $60,000 from their old mining partner Jack Colby (Culp), as some years earlier Jack cheated them out of the profits of a mutually-held gold mine.

In another development, Joe hijacks a police wagon full of tarts. All the girls are returned to Mike in exchange for bedroom credit, but Nancy Sue convinces Joe, Sam and Billy to let her stay with them by explaining that Mike has been using her in bed.

When Jack Colby refuses to pay the 60K, his three ex-partners come up with a colorful plan to 1.) steal receipts of a boxing match that Jack is sponsoring and 2.) kidnap Jack's wife (Ashley). Meanwhile, Mike demands return of her plaything, Nancy Sue but maybe Sam has fallen for the girl, and Joe wants to spread the Clap he contracted from a white woman all the way to President Taft in the White House!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent copy of a very funny western September 15, 2012
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The Great Scout and Cathouse Thursday is a very funny western comedy starring Lee Marvin as the Great Scout, Oliver Reed as Joe Knox (his half-breed Indian partner), and Kay Lenz as Thursday - a young prostitute running away from Sylvia Miles' house of ill repute. The basic plot is Marvin and Reed trying to recover money stolen from them by Jack Colby (Robert Culp) with Thursday tagging along. I give the film 4 stars for sheer entertainment value.

The DVD itself (MGM Limited Edition Collection) is an excellent, although bare-bones (the only menu option is "play") DVD in high-quality widescreen video. Sharp picture, good colors, and no "artifacts" noticed - filling the 1.78:1 widescreen TV screen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 8, 2014
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I would recommend this seller to anyone. The movie was as stated. Thanks
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny June 17, 2014
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I truly love this movie. Oliver Reed as Joe Knox is absolutley the best. Lee Marvin is great as his character. This is one of those guilty pleasure movies. I definitely would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of Lee Marvin or Oliver Reed.
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