The Ballad of Cable Hogue
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Jason Robards plays Cable Hogue, a prospector left to die in the desert by his ex-partners. Luckily, Hogue discovers water in this godforsaken spot and opens up an oasis of sorts for desert travellers. From this tiny enterprise, Hogue builds himself a new life -- and a legend.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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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