McCabe & Mrs. Miller
McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)

In a small American frontier village, a stranger named McCabe builds a brothel with the help of experienced madame Mrs. Miller. The town soon prospers, and success brings the jealous -- and potentially deadly -- attentions of a wealthy… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 24, 1971
DVD Release Date: June 4, 2002
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: McCabe & Mrs. Miller offers revisionist Western fans a landmark early addition to the genre while marking an early apogee for director Robert Altman.

Jessica de Grazia
Time Out

One of the best of Altman's early movies, using classic themes -- the ill-fated love of gambler and whore, the gunman who dies by the gun, the contest between little man and big business -- to produce a non-heroic Western.

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David Jenkins
Time Out

A pioneering film, in both senses of the word, and one of the key works in the American cinema of the 1970s.

James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

a moving portrait of how the little man, no matter how confident in himself, is usually at the mercy of others with more money and more power and less scruples

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Variety Staff
Variety

A period story about a small northwest mountain village where stars Warren Beatty and Julie Christie run the bordello, the production suffers from overlength; also a serious effort at moody photography which backfires into pretentiousness.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

I don't automatically object to contemporary allusions, but I prefer to find them myself, and McCabe and Mrs. Miller is so busy pointing them out to us that the effect is to undercut its narrative drive and the dignity of its fiction.

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Joanna Berry
Radio Times

It's an interesting tale with all the classic elements of the genre, and the affair is given added weight by the solid performances of Beatty and Christie.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Still Robert Altman's best moment, this 1971 antiwestern murmurs softly of love, death, and capitalism.

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Charles Taylor
Salon.com

The movie haunts you like a ballad whose tune you remember but whose words hang just beyond reach. And like listening to a ballad, we know the outcome of the events we're watching was foretold long ago, but we're helpless to do anything but surrender.

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Tony Palmer
The Spectator

It's not so much that it's indifferent film -- it's too arch to be bad. More that it's a disappointment.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin Cookman
A poetic, engrossing tale of Darwinism accelerated by pioneer-era capitalism and firearms, as well as a fascinating insight on the industry of prostitution and… More
Steven Carrier
I am all for genre revisions and Robert Altman's impressive "McCabe & Mrs. Miller" sits at the top of the list. One of the most interesting… More
Chris Weber
Set during the turn of the century in the Pacific Northwest in the small mining town of Presbyterian CHurch, this is the story of an enigmatic gambler and… More
Dan Schultz
An original, masterfully constructed anti-Western by the great Robert Altman concerning a "businessman" (Warren Beatty) and his relationship with a… More
Graham Jones
Altman's take on the "western" genre is a classic. With great performances and a soundtrack featuring the songs of Leonard Cohen.
Tim Salmons
I'm on the fence about this one. Interesting visually, but storywise, not that interesting.

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