The Misfits
The Misfits (1961)

The final film of stars Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe is an elegy for the death of the Old West from writer Arthur Miller and director John Huston. Gable stars as Gay Langland, an aging hand traveling the byways and working at rodeos with… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 19, 2001
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Jonas Mekas
Village Voice

Marilyn Monroe, the Saint of Nevada Desert. When everything has been said about The Misfits, how bad the film is and all that, she still remains there, a new screen character, MM, the saint. And she haunts you, you'll not forget her.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Such a fantastic acting showcase that it's easy to lose sight of the fact that a top-shelf talent like John Huston directed.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It's clumsy at times, and amazingly lucid and potent at others.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Gable is a tender, stoic hand at the end of the line, and Montgomery Clift, Eli Wallach and Thelma Ritter add pungent support.

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Emanuel Levy

The meanings of John Huston's disurbing deconstrcution of the the myth of the Old West have changed over the years due to the offscreen lives (and deaths) of the three stars: Gable, Monroe, Clift.

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Steve Crum

Powerful character study by Arthur Miller, and a must-see due to Gable, Clift, and Monroe.

Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

A glorious, brave, imperfect portrait of flawed people yearning for freedom and respect, but pulled by the primal urges of love, lust and pride to trap themselves in cages of their own crafting.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Deconstructs Hollywood's cowboy myth with a mythic Hollywood cast: Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, and Montgomery Clift. [Blu-ray]

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Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide

A brave deconstruction of the Wild West's mythos, as well as a searing study of the lingering death of the American Dream.

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Jonathan Hutchings
A film most famous for its on-set turmoil, The Misfits marks a tragic period in film history: it was both Marilyn Monroe' and Clark Gable's last film… More
Dean McKenna
Roslyn (Marilyn Monroe) is a more rare bird: flighty and sensuous, beautiful and beaten, she is this world's canary in the coalmine. This is easily… More
Pierluigi Puccini
The struggle of flawed individuals to find a righteous modus vivendi in an unfair and indifferent world. A sense of unity despite the suffering and hopelessness… More
Jennifer D
While watching this movie I felt like I was back in high school English again, reading plays about isolationism. AND for once in my life I was watching Marilyn… More
jay nixon
This movie is about despair. Despair at the passing of a way of life. Despair at disappointed hopes and dreams. Despair at the loss of a loved one, either… More
Tim Salmons
It's hard to make heads or tails of this film, but it still holds some interest and is generally entertaining. There just isn't much of a coherent… More