McCabe & Mrs. Miller

"Very Good"

McCabe & Mrs. Miller Review


Robert Altman's only Western takes a long time to get heated up, but in its final hour it truly burns. As John McCabe, Warren Beatty is terrific as a hustler who's built a reputation for himself as a gunslinging tough guy, though secretly he's really a coward who's never killed anyone. After opening a smash-hit brothel in a wintry village, a big cartel swoops in to buy him out. He refuses, and a price is quickly put upon his head.

While Beatty is fabulous, Julie Christie's Mrs. Miller (the madam who runs his whorehouse) doesn't make much of an impression -- and astonishingly, she was nominated for an Oscar for this role. (In fact, the original novel is just called McCabe, with no mention of Miller at all.) The folky/twangy score is also a bit rough on the ears, but all is forgiven by the character study that plays out in the film's final moments. Lovely.



McCabe & Mrs. Miller

Facts and Figures

Run time: 120 mins

In Theaters: Thursday 24th June 1971

Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures

Production compaines: Warner Bros.

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 90%
Fresh: 35 Rotten: 4

IMDB: 7.7 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: as John McCabe, as Constance Miller, as Sheehan, as The Lawyer, as Smalley, as Mr. Elliot, as Bart Coyle, as Ida Coyle, as Cowboy, as Eugene Sears

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