The Misfits
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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 his two comrades, Guido (Eli Wallach) and young Perce Howland (Montgomery Clift). The three men come up with a plan to corral some misfit mustangs and sell them for dog food, but Gay's new girlfriend Roslyn Taber (Marilyn Monroe), a high-minded ex-stripper who has just divorced her husband Ray (Kevin McCarthy) in Reno, is appalled by the plan. Although… More

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"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."
‑ Jonas Mekas, Village Voice
"Such a fantastic acting showcase that it's easy to lose sight of the fact that a top-shelf talent like John Huston directed."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"It's clumsy at times, and amazingly lucid and potent at others."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The Misfits (1961) is a poignant drama - the final, haunting film for both Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe."
‑ Tim Dirks, Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
"Gable is a tender, stoic hand at the end of the line, and Montgomery Clift, Eli Wallach and Thelma Ritter add pungent support."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Powerful character study by Arthur Miller, and a must-see due to Gable, Clift, and Monroe."
‑ Steve Crum,
"The Misfits is about some modern day Reno denizens who have trouble fitting into society..."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"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."
‑ Christopher Lloyd, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
"Deconstructs Hollywood's cowboy myth with a mythic Hollywood cast: Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, and Montgomery Clift. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"A brave deconstruction of the Wild West's mythos, as well as a searing study of the lingering death of the American Dream."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
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