The Misfits
The Misfits (1961)

Arthur Miller scripted this tale of a recently divorced, one-time stripper (Marilyn Monroe) who begins a relationship with a down-on-his-luck cowboy (Clark Gable). The man, with his partners (Montgomery Clift, Eli Wallach), works at… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 1, 1961
DVD Release Date: June 19, 2001
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

A problematic but provocative piece of work.

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Geoffrey Macnab
Independent (UK)

Against all odds, [Monroe] gives an extraordinary performance.

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Glenn Heath Jr.
Little White Lies

A gripping and messy ode to the collision of genres, time periods, and personalities.

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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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Mark Kermode
Observer (UK)

Looks even starker and more jarringly isolated today than it did in 1961.

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Adrian Turner
Radio Times

Somehow the flat, arid Nevada landscape mirrors the characters' bleak existence and sets the overall mood of despair and depression.

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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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Wendy Ide
Times (UK)

John Huston's latter-day western exerts a doomy, morbid fascination that goes beyond what we see on the screen.

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Peter Bradshaw

The faces of Gable, Clift and Monroe together in closeup have a Mount Rushmore look to them.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
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