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on March 29, 2016
One of the better westerns of the late 60's & early 70's era. Excellent ensemble cast with plenty of action and humor.
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on April 30, 2014
Cable Hogue treks through the desert, turned away by the "normal" western society. When he finds water in the desert, his money making scheme takes form as he begins his life as the entrepreneur of the desert. Naturally, outlaws and schemers attempt to sway Hogue from his fortune, but Hogue is a schemer himself. This 1970 Sam Peckinpah charmer is quite a distance from Peckinpah's usual fare.
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on August 18, 2016
Without Sam Peckinpah's contribution to celluloid, the Western movie would have not evoled into the wild & erotic will escaping desperation and desolation (when possible).........GR8 Stuff & Thanks
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on April 26, 2014
While Sam Peckinpah is remembered more for his movies' violent content, this film is soft, comedic, touching (heck, I cry every time I watch it) and allegorical in that if you don't move ahead with the times or drag your feet in doing so, you'll be run over by the relentless march of progress. The Ballad of Cable Hogue is a bittersweet reminder to seize the brass ring as soon as you can because the merry-go-round of life can and will stop at any time, without notice. Be aware that the songs "Butterfly Morning" (especially), "Wait for Me, Sunrise" and "Tomorrow is the Song I Sing" will play in your head mercilessly.
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on February 23, 2013
I think this is one of the funniest westerns ever made. Directed my Sam Peckinpaw, (outstanding director of all time I think).
If YOU like a good western, that is also very funny, buy this one. I feel the BEST western ever made is the WILD BUNCH also directed my Sam Peckinpaw.
My eldest son really likes wester as I do, and I also bought The Ballad of Cable Hogue for him as I did The Wild Bunch.
If YOUR a western fan, buy this one YOU won't be disapointed.
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on January 24, 2011
Back in 2006, Warner Bros. released a Sam Peckinpah 4-DVD Westerns box set, featuring acclaimed classics "The Wild Bunch", "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid", "Ride the High Country", and "The Ballad of Cable Hogue". Of these films, "The Ballad of Cable Hogue" is less known, having been placed on the backburner by the studio and released with relatively no publicity following the release of "The Wild Bunch", despite Cable Hogue being filmed before it. "The Ballad of Cable Hogue" begins much like other Peckinpah films: an older man of the Western frontier, wronged and tossed around by younger gunslingers, only to be left alone and left to die while vowing revenge if he lives. Seemingly, Hogue will veer down the road familiar to Peckinpah, a revenge fantasy in a changing Western frontier, where the old ways are being pushed aside in favor of modernity. Then the film does a 180, turning into a farcical sex romp comedy (brought about by a priest!). A welcome change of pace given Peckinpah's oeuvre. Which isn't to say his other films are devoid of humor; he often injects it among his most violent fare as a mean of lightening the dark mood. But to structure a whole film as a comedy would appear to be beyond Peckinpah's grasp yet it feels remarkably like a Peckinpah film.The final act sees his favorite themes reemerge: revenge and modernity. Where in his other films the main character would get his revenge culminating in a bloody shootout, here Peckinpah turns this expectation on its head, forgiving a man that wronged him and in fact rewarding him after feeling sorry for him. The theme of modernity is also addressed by Peckinpah. Represented by a car, Peckinpah has Hogue face the changing landscape of the West with comical results. "The Ballad of Cable Hogue" is a welcome departure from Peckinpah's moody and sometimes overused violence, a Western comedy that refuses to take itself seriously. Highly recommended
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on September 7, 2010
I did enjoy this movie and didn't find it hard to sit through. The plot is interesting and likable as are the main characters. This film is a refreshing change from the usual Peckinpah fare. It's actually rather light in tone though with a harsh desert scenery and setting that lends grandeur. The New York Times called it, "Peckinpah's gentlest, boldest and perhaps most likable film to date." And this is accurate. The only thing that kept me from giving 5 stars was the ending which seemed a little convenient, if not forced. But that doesn't mean it isn't worth catching. Overall it's a pretty fun little movie from 1970.
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on September 13, 2016
Family laughed, while enjoying this story, It was a tale with good humor, a little suspense, and great acting. Wonder where we may find the songs?
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on April 19, 2006
I first saw it as a minor art house single feature in Buffalo 1970. Peckinpah Shmeckinpah.. I had not seen The Wild Bunch and knew not a whit about the director. The movie stuck in my mind for 36 yrs. I found it serendipitously through a NYTimes DVD review.

GOT IT! and was enthralled with the nuances of cinematography,

casting, performances and most of all story. It is a Western classic YEAH (David Warner) bordering upon the ultimate depiction of the life and death of an era. The framing of the introduction is magnificent. Overlook the anachronism of Stella Stevens hairdo

Watch, and be enchanted with what films USED to be.
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on January 22, 2014
What a fine movie. A little over acted by Jason Robards, but only at a couple of scenes. I may have seen this movie, but forgot the excellent transition in the ending. And the song which was sung by Stella Stevens and Jason was incredible. And Stella's character was played so well!
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