The Missouri Breaks
The Missouri Breaks (1976)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: May 19, 1976
DVD Release Date: December 9, 2014
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice

A Western-as-capitalist-critique piece shanghaied by Marlon Brando's eccentric bounty hunter trying on brogues, mumus, and buckskin Nudie suits.

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

... worth seeing if only for the madness of Marlon Brando ... it's not hard to see why some charge him with sabotaging the film with a genuinely bizarre performance

Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

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

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As a film achievement it's corned beef and ham hash.

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Steve Crum

Interesting, even if not cohesive, Brando & Nicholson western.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

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...

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Enjoyable, if forgettable, New Hollywood shtick.

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Empire Magazine

Slightly lacking in tension but with a striking performance from Marlon Brando

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Brando admittedly improvised quite a bit in his over-the-top role.

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Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
Who would think that a movie with two of the greatest actors ever would be so horrible? I saw this one on TV, and it was so incredibly slow and boring, I… More
Mike T.
This is such a peculiar movie... it should have been great, considering the dynamic and powerful combination of actors under the direction of Arthur Penn. But… More
Conner Rainwater
This goes from being a very odd movie to a very good movie about half way in, which is actually why it's so interesting. Jack Nicholson really gives the… More
Brian R
"The Missouri Breaks" isn't as a good as Arthur Penn's "Little Big Man" and I could hint that while filming production must have… More
Lanning : )
Jane Braxton: Are you an outlaw? <p> Tom Logan: I'm a jackpot farmer with one milk cow and a hundred-square-foot patch of vegetables. <p>… More
Jim Woehr
The poster makes Jack Nicholson and Marlon Brando look like partners or friends in this western, but no they are bitter enemies. Brando stars as Lee Clayton, a… More