Cat Ballou
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This musical spoof of Westerns featured Lee Marvin in dual roles that won him a Best Actor Oscar. Jane Fonda stars as the title character, a prim schoolmarm returning to her hometown of Wolf City, Wyoming, after receiving an Eastern education. On the train ride, Cat meets up with a pair of friendly, charming crooks, Clay Boone (Michael Callan) and his uncle, Jed (Dwayne Hickman), the former becoming hopelessly smitten with the naive but tough Cat. Upon arriving home, Cat discovers that her eccentric father, Frankie (John Marley), is being threatened with bodily harm by a development company… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Super Jane Fonda in Wild West. Ride 'em cowgirls!"
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Lee Marvin clearly steals the film in his double role as the good guy/bad guy hired gunman."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Marvin won an Oscar for his dual good guy/bad guy portrayal."
‑ Boo Allen, Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
"A wonderful Western spoof. Marvin great in dual role; drags at times, but mostly a hoot."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"A drunk Lee Marvin on a horse to match makes this comedy western classic."
‑ Steve Crum,
"Clever spoof with great roles for Fonda and Marvin"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"First-rate western parody."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Though designed as a star vehicle for Jane Fonda, this first "official" spoof of the Western genre, catapulted Lee Marvin to major stardom, offering him two divergent roles (one played with a silver nose) for which he was rewarded with the 1965 Oscar."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Mainly remembered for Marvin's Oscar-winning comedic performance"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"This is neither Fonda's finest role nor a very challenging one - it's a cleavage and one-liner affair - but it's fun and entertaining."
‑ Jeffrey Bruner, Des Moines Register
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