The Missouri Breaks
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A rancher, a rustler, and a regulator face off in Arthur Penn's eccentric western. As a cover for their horse thievery, a gang of Montana rustlers, led by the laid-back Tom Logan (Jack Nicholson), buys a small farm adjacent to the ranch of their latest target/nemesis, Braxton (John McLiam). When the gang leaves Tom on the farm and heads to Canada for another score, Tom takes a shine both to farming and Braxton's rebellious, strong-willed daughter, Jane (Kathleen Lloyd). The slightly loco Braxton, however, hires the psychopathic regulator Lee Clayton (Marlon Brando) to root out the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

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"A Western-as-capitalist-critique piece shanghaied by Marlon Brando's eccentric bounty hunter trying on brogues, mumus, and buckskin Nudie suits."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
"Enjoyable, if forgettable, New Hollywood shtick."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"If Penn failed to ride herd on his two superstars, he still was able to wrangle some sharp observations on the clash between the mythic old West and its reality"
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
"Although there are obvious flaws, there's a lot to recommend what turns out to be a dark, cynical work with some finely honed character acting from both men."
‑ , Film4
"As a film achievement it's corned beef and ham hash."
‑ , Variety
"Interesting, even if not cohesive, Brando & Nicholson western."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"Brando's conversation with his horse, in which he notes that the animal has "the lips of Salome and the eyes of Cleopatra," must be seen to be believed..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"This appealingly eccentric revisionist western highlights the critical importance of violence in establishing 'civilized' society in the American wilderness."
‑ Tom Dawson, BBC
"One of the few truly major Westerns of the '70s, with a very clear vision of the historical role played by fear and violence in the taming of the wilderness."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Slightly lacking in tension but with a striking performance from Marlon Brando"
‑ , Empire Magazine
"Brando admittedly improvised quite a bit in his over-the-top role."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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