The Misfits

The Misfits

DVD - 2001
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Following her divorce, a lonely young woman befriends a couple of down-on-their-luck cowboys. Both men desire her, but she longs for only one, who represents for her the freedom she's never had. Teaming up with a weather-beaten rodeo rider, the foursome goes into the mountains on a quest for rare and elusive wild horses. There they come to realize that, for all their differences, they share fundamentally similar needs and desires.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, 2001.
Edition: Widescreen ed..
ISBN: 9780792850137
0792850130
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (125 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,12 cm.

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dylankemp
Nov 06, 2016

Wonderful. Unlike many movies, this movie relies on the acting, and the script. Both are stellar. Recommend.

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ThomasJWhiting
Aug 28, 2016

GREAT 1961 film with sophisticated rendering of late 'old West' development and assorted competitive elements - ranching/farming, etc.
Particularly enjoyable to see talented Marilyn Monroe (at age 35) in a purely dramatic role.
The film is filled with extended metaphors and other interesting elements in later development of 'far' West Nevada, like using planes/flying to capture horses. And those 'Misfits' ARE rather like the wild mustangs who have retreated to the hills that they pursue in film ending.
Several references to 'old West' resistance to becoming 'wage slaves'.
Very high marks from me for the sophisticated screenplay by Arthur Miller - and ironic that it was done during the ending of his troubled marriage to Marilyn.
Lots of great photography with expansive shots of Nevada deserts, etc.
This was a surprisingly sophisticated film; not just another 'cowboy' flick - glad I watched it!
Would make a good double bill with 1954's 'Cattle Queen of Montana', another sophisticated Western available from KCLS - or could be a 'weekend watch' if double bills are a bit much for you - as they are for me.

THE CRUCIBLE or DEATH OF A SALESMAN usually come to mind when thinking about the great works of Arthur Miller. But I would include the screenplay for THE MISFITS. It presents all the big existential issues. Love and death. Freedom and bondage. What I like most about it, and what is particularly apposite in our day and age when working for a living has become so precarious, is that the male characters, as portrayed by Clark Gable, Eli Wallach and Montgomery Clift, consider the ultimate loser to be someone who works for wages. This film, directed by the great John Huston, is mostly known for the fact that it was the last for both Gable and Monroe. But Eli Wallach and Thelma Ritter steal the show.

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midnight_fleur28
Jul 04, 2014

I enjoyed this movie in the beginning, but the end of the movie I found disappointing..I feel like it fell short with the story at the end. But Marilyn Monroe did a great job in this...she was the only interesting part of this for me...
Just a warning that some scenes were rather horrific..and cruel, so be prepared for that. And these scenes had little point to them and went on forever....

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garycornell
Jun 07, 2014

What a great cast of Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift and Eli Wallach. This could be called a modern day western. All of these characters are here for the rodeo, but problems come up. Note that Clark Gable died during the film of The Misfits and they reworked the ending to explain his absence. Watch this movie, I think you will enjoy it.

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midnight_fleur28
Jul 04, 2014

midnight_fleur28 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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midnight_fleur28
Jul 17, 2014

Violence: There is horrible, cruel violence towards animals. It's grotesque.....

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