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McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971) Movie Information

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Robert Altman


Warren Beatty
Julie Christie
Rene Auberjonois
William Devane
Shelley Duvall
Corey Fischer





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John McCabe is charismatic but thick-headed and his plans to set up a whorehouse in a newly-minted Pacific Northwest town seem doomed, until the shrewd madame, Mrs. Miller, shows up and takes charge. The two form a lucrative partnership - and maybe something more - until the town attracts the attention of a major corporation who wants to buy things out. -- Chris Kavan

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donkeyknight 05/01/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Reading Ebert's treatise on Altman's naturalistic movie raised my opinion of it quite a bit (he calls it a perfect film-and argues the case well)It is a very empty film-and that's the point-a story around a whorehouse in a town either frozen or muddy. The music by Cohen is excellent. The fake snow bothered me.

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Allison 12/24/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I didn't really like this film!

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philly22 09/15/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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The best I've seen by Altman this far. Great cinematography and a score by Leonard Cohen.

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11/14/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)


youtube link: Robert Altman - McCabe & Mrs. Miller (Songs Leonard Cohen). Zum Tod von Leonard Cohen fiel mir Robert Altmans Meisterwerk wieder ein mit den Songs des von Leonard Cohen. Nicht viele Regisseure dürfen von sich behaupten, den perfekten Film gemacht zu haben. Es ist ein grosses Thema unter den Nerds in der Filmkunstbar Fitzcarraldo, wer ÜBERHAUPT einen solchen in seiner Filmografie hält. Altman hat mehrere, viele grossartige Filme gemacht und einen perfekten: McCabe & Mrs. Miller aus dem Jahr 1971. Es ist der traurigste Film, den ich je sah! Ein langer klagender Schrei nach Liebe und einem Zuhause - doch nichts davon ist erreichbar für McCabe oder Mrs. Miller. Nicht hier, in der Kleinstadt Presbyterian Church, über der immer ein grauer Himmel hängt, wo es stets regnet o...


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07/21/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

One of the Best Westerns Ever

Altman is a genius at creating realistic "worlds" for his characters to inhabit and taking an observational perspective, letting his characters interact naturally. McCabe & Mrs. Miller is no different and is one of the most real-feeling Westerns. It isn't sensationalist and often shows a seedy and dirty side of a little Western town. Beatty and Christie have a cat-and-mouse dynamic that is often very funny and has moments of touching sentimentalism. The fact that the conclusion doesn't feature a spectacular gun shootout is to the film's credit. Altman doesn't try to change his characters. Beatty's McCabe remains somewhat of a scumbag and coward and the film works realistically to anticipate what he might do if confronted with an inevitable showdown. One of the best Westerns ever.

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