The Ballad of Cable Hogue
The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)

In this film, Sam Peckinpah dropped the violence he became known for with The Wild Bunch but remained with the theme of the closing frontier in this gentle comedy-drama. Cable Hogue Jason Robards is a weary prospector robbed and left to die… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 13, 1970
DVD Release Date: January 10, 2006
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Appealing gentle Western comedy.

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TV Guide

Not a hit at the box office, it remains one of his finest efforts, funny, touching and never mawkishly sentimental.

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Roger Greenspun
New York Times

Peckinpah's gentlest, boldest, and perhaps most likable film to date.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Robards' warm performance makes the film into a casual delight.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A funky and appealing Western parable directed by Sam Peckinpah.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Fernando F. Croce

The calm between Peckinpah's tempests

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Pierluigi Puccini
Peckinpah buries his favorite genre with the help of an outstanding trio: Jason Robards as an outlaw with strict moral codes, Stella Stevens as a town whore… More
Conner Rainwater
A completely different movie than you'd probably expect, given the director and actors. This is really a light-hearted western compared to Sam… More
Adam Mahler
The heart of this movie, which make the rest of it come alive -- zigzagging dissolves and all -- is Robards' and Stevens' performances and some of… More
Randy Tippy
Peckinpah lite. A western comedy with heart featuring the immensely likable Jason Robards and the always BEAUTIFUL Stella Stevens. A surprising amount of… More
Michael Gildea
The Ballad of Cable Hogue was proof that Jason Robards is possibly the most underappreciated actor ever. Sam Peckinpah's uncharacteristically upbeat… More
Tim Sigur
Robards and Peckinpah. Why haven't I seen this movie sooner? The final death scene is genius and the character actors that make up the cast are amazing. I… More