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Expertly directed by John Huston (The Maltese Falcon) from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize winner Arthur Miller, The Misfits is a probing, exciting drama (The Film Daily) of honesty, intensity and sheer poetic brilliance. Divorced and disillusioned, Roslyn Tabor (Marilyn Monroe) befriends a group of misfits, including an aging cowboy (Clark Gable), a heartbroken mechanic (Eli Wallach) and a worn-out rodeo rider (Montgomery Clift). Through their live-for-the-moment lifestyle, Roslyn experiences her first taste of freedom, exhilaration and passion. But when her innocent idealism clashes with their hard-edged practicality, Roslyn must risk losing their friendship...and the only true love she's ever known.
It was the last roundup for Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe, who gave their final performances in this melancholy modern Western. Arthur Miller wrote the script (some say overwrote) as a contemplation of his then-wife, Monroe, and set the piece in the half-world of Reno, Nevada. The dangers of this kind of meta-fictional approach are not entirely avoided, but the clean, clear-eyed direction of John Huston keeps the film grounded. And then there are the people: Gable a warrior past his time, Monroe overwhelmed by the world and its attentions, Montgomery Clift visibly broken in pieces, Eli Wallach a postwar neurotic. If the encroaching mortality of Gable, Monroe, and Clift weren't enough, the stark photography and Alex North's score confirm this as a film about loss. It may have its problems, but seen at a distance of many years, The Misfits scatters its tender mercies with an aching beauty. --Robert HortonSee all Editorial Reviews
I'm just happy that Monroe, Gable and Clift lived long enough to make this one.Published 14 days ago by Crumidan45
I love this movie! But I also admire it - the five principal actors who reveal the truth of their characters (and I feel the joy of acting), John Huston's ever imaginative but... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Daniel B.
Overall it is a reasonably good movie but I really did not like the scenes where they are capturing the feral horses. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Nevada Geezer
I have enjoyed viewing this movie and I really did love it. Part of the loving bit was Clark Gable, of course. Read morePublished 1 month ago by E. Ervin
Interesting history relating to this movie, but this disc has no extras which is a shame. You have to go elsewhere to learn about what was going on behind the scenes. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Martin Wright
I thought the co-stars Eli Wallach and Thelma Ritter were great. Of coarse it was the last film for Monroe and Gable which made it a classic.Published 2 months ago by Dwain Vincent
This movie is from my young adulthood, with 3 of my favorite actors and happens to be the last film for all. This film is about three lost people. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Catherine