The Ballad of Cable Hogue
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After the intense bloodshed of The Wild Bunch (1969), this comic western fable took the opposite approach to director Sam Peckinpah's continuing examination of the end of the West. Left for dead by a couple of lizard-slaughtering desperados in the middle of the desert, prospector Cable Hogue (Jason Robards) is saved by his unexpected discovery of water "where there wasn't any." Hogue turns the water hole, felicitously located near a stagecoach route, into a thriving business, creating a rest stop for a never-ending series of parched travelers. On his occasional trips to the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

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"A fine movie, a wonderfully comic tale we didn't quite expect from a director who seems more at home with violence than with humor."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Appealing gentle Western comedy."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Not a hit at the box office, it remains one of his finest efforts, funny, touching and never mawkishly sentimental."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Jason Robards shines in one of his most touching and humorous performances, and David Warner is memorable as a sinning preacher man."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Peckinpah's gentlest, boldest, and perhaps most likable film to date."
‑ Roger Greenspun, New York Times
"Robards' warm performance makes the film into a casual delight."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A funky and appealing Western parable directed by Sam Peckinpah."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Sam Peckinpah followed The Wild Bunch with this intimate, eccentric, appealing 1970 comedy, which treats many of the same themes in a soft, regretful mode."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The calm between Peckinpah's tempests"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Peckinpah shows atypical humor and sense of music too in this original and lyrical comedy-Western-musical, with Jason Robards in top form as one of the director's most sympathetic character."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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