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Monte Walsh VHS
LEE MARVIN, JEANNE MOREAU and JACK PALANCE are the central players in this “poetic tribute to the cowboy,” a “robust….funny” and “timeless” (Los Angeles Times) western based on a novel by Jack Schaefer, author of the western classic Shane. Two old-timers, Monte Walsh (MARVIN) and his buddy Chet Rollins (PALANCE) reluctantly accept that their world of bronco-busting, round-ups and barroom brawls – the sacred life of a cowboy – is coming to an end. Unable to make a decent wage, Chet marries a widow and Monte ponders a similar future with his longtime love (JEANNE MOREAU), a saloon hostess. But their new lives are irrevocably altered when the two proud cowboys continue to settle disputes the only way they know how – with guns. Filled with richly drawn characters and magnificent photography, the acclaimed Monte Walsh is an unusually well done and “satisfying film.” (Los Angeles Times) 100 Minutes, Color, 1970, Recorded in Hi-Fi.
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"I rode the Grey down Shorty. You had to sit him high" (Don't mess with Lee Marvin!)
The end of the movie, where Marvin is talking to his horse was a statement of his inability to have actually lived in his cowboy world while the real outside world grew and overwhelmed his. The movie "Big Wednesday" and others deal with characters who lived so deeply within themselves that they missed the rest of the world.
I recommend Monte Walsh (Lee Marvin) and Big Wednesday (a surfer movie) An English writing class could find these of value, more so for modern students then perhaps many of the established masterpieces. I tutor at a Jr. College. The great majority of students are not aware of the classics or these movies I recommend. I have outlived the world I valued, much as the characters in my recommendations. John M
Surprising in many ways. Western with humor, great storyline about the changing west and the people dealing with their coming futures. Terrific unlikely romamce and a great performance by Lee Marvin. The “ giving the cook a bath” is outrageously funny among many other dramatic and touching scenes. Many reasons to love this film.