Cat Ballou
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Cat Ballou

4.4 13
Director: Elliot Silverstein

Cast: Elliot Silverstein, Jane Fonda, Lee Marvin, Michael Callan

     
 
The western comedy Cat Ballou gets a superb treatment on this DVD release from Columbia/Tri-Star. The disc contains two different pictures. The widescreen anamorphic transfer faithfully reproduces the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and is preferable to the standard full-frame 1.33:1 image. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby

Overview

The western comedy Cat Ballou gets a superb treatment on this DVD release from Columbia/Tri-Star. The disc contains two different pictures. The widescreen anamorphic transfer faithfully reproduces the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and is preferable to the standard full-frame 1.33:1 image. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, and Thai subtitles are accessible. Supplemental features include a featurette with director Elliot Silverstein, audio commentary by two of the male leads (Michael Callan and Dwayne Hickman), original advertising, theatrical trailers, talent files, and production notes.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Cat Ballou is a marvelous spoof of Westerns, a precursor to the likes of Blazing Saddles, Wild Wild West and other send-ups of the genre. Lee Marvin won an Academy Award -- a rare nod for a comedy performance -- for his roles as a drunken gunman and his evil twin. Jane Fonda plays the 1900s-era schoolmarm Catherine Ballou with sass and vinegar; it's among her best work. What really sets the film apart is the hilarious running ballad which ties together the narrative, using Nat King Cole and Stubby Kaye as a cowpoke Greek chorus. The film's score and the song "The Ballad of Cat Ballou" were both Oscar-nominated, as was the screenplay adaptation by Walter Newman and Frank R. Pierson. Though there are dull stretches, this is a one-of-a-kind comic classic, thanks to the sure hand of director Eliot Silverstein.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/08/2000
UPC:
0043396048645
Original Release:
1965
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[monaural]
Time:
1:36:00
Sales rank:
11,518

Special Features

Digitally mastered audio and anamorphic video; Widescreen and full-screen presentations; Audio: English [mono]; Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai; Featurette: "The Legend of Cat Ballou" with director Elliot Silverstein; Lead actors Michael Callan and Dwayne Hickman audio commentary; Vintage advertising; Theatrical trailers; Talent files; Interactive menus; Production notes; Scene selections

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jane Fonda Cat Ballou
Lee Marvin Kid Shelleen/Tim Strawn
Michael Callan Clay Boone
Dwayne Hickman Jed
Nat "King" Cole Shouter
Stubby Kaye Shouter
Tom Nardini Jackson Two-Bears
John Marley Frankie Ballou
Reginald Denny Sir Harry Percival
Jay C. Flippen Sheriff Cardigan
Arthur Hunnicutt Butch Cassidy
Bruce Cabot Sheriff Maledon
Burt Mustin Accuser
Paul Gilbert Train messenger
Gail Bonney Mabel Bentley
Dorothy Claire Singing Tart
Nick Cravat Ad-Lib
Ayllene Gibbons Hedda
Joe Hamilton Frenchie
Harry Harvey Train Conductor
Hallene Hill Honey Girl
Duke Hobbie Homer
Charles Horvath Hardcase
Robert Phillips Klem
Chuck Roberson Armed Guard
Carol Veazie/Morris Carnovsky Mrs. Parker
Charles Wagenheim James
Ted White Gunslinger

Technical Credits
Elliot Silverstein Director
Roy Chanslor Screenwriter
Mack David Score Composer,Songwriter
Frank deVol Score Composer
Harold Hecht Producer
John D. Jefferies Set Decoration/Design
Jerry Livingston Score Composer,Songwriter
Jack A. Marta Cinematographer
Charles Nelson Editor
Miriam Nelson Choreography
Walter Newman Screenwriter
Frank Pierson Screenwriter
Bill Thomas Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Side #1
0. Side #1
0. Scene Selection
1. Start. [3:27]
2. "The ballad of Cat Ballou." [2:58]
3. Drunk as a skunk. [2:22]
4. Comforting the sinner. [3:17]
5. Berth control. [2:54]
6. "The ballad of Cat Ballou." [1:02]
7. The ranch. [2:44]
8. Tim Strawn. [1:34]
9. Harvest day celebration. [2:30]
10. Square dance/war dance. [6:57]
11. Strange bedfellows. [5:07]
12. "The ballad of Cat Ballou." [1:38]
13. Kid Shelleen. [6:43]
14. Sticking to Frankie. [3:40]
15. "They'll never make her cry." [3:21]
16. "Happy birthday." [:35]
17. "The ballad of Cat Ballou." [1:12]
18. Butch Cassidy. [1:56]
19. Making plans. [3:10]
20. Robbing a train. [2:01]
21. Hole-in-the-wall. [5:59]
22. Getting into shape. [8:26]
23. The kid vs. strawn. [7:04]
24. Clay proposes marriage. [2:20]
25. Consolation. [3:40]
26. Off the wagon. [5:05]
27. Noose hangs high. [:39]
28. "The ballad of Cat Ballou." [2:27]
Side #2
0. Side #2
0. Scene Selection
1. Start. [3:27]
2. "The ballad of Cat Ballou." [2:58]
3. Drunk as a skunk. [2:22]
4. Comforting the sinner. [3:17]
5. Berth control. [2:54]
6. "The ballad of Cat Ballou." [1:02]
7. The ranch. [2:44]
8. Tim Strawn. [1:34]
9. Harvest day celebration. [2:30]
10. Square dance/war dance. [6:57]
11. Strange bedfellows. [5:07]
12. "The ballad of Cat Ballou." [1:38]
13. Kid Shelleen. [6:43]
14. Sticking to Frankie. [3:40]
15. "They'll never make her cry." [3:21]
16. "Happy birthday." [:35]
17. "The ballad of Cat Ballou." [1:12]
18. Butch Cassidy. [1:56]
19. Making plans. [3:10]
20. Robbing a train. [2:01]
21. Hole-in-the-wall. [5:59]
22. Getting into shape. [8:26]
23. The kid vs. strawn. [7:04]
24. Clay proposes marriage. [2:20]
25. Consolation. [3:40]
26. Off the wagon. [5:05]
27. Noose hangs high. [:39]
28. "The ballad of Cat Ballou." [2:27]

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Cat Ballou 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of Lee Marvin's best films. A classic.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was awesome! Jane Fonda was great and the movie had a great plot! If you like old westerns and comedy, you'll love Cat Ballou!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is great. Its old fashion and western, something that we normally don`t watch. Five stars!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie it is so funny!!! I love the way uncle Jed says 'Hallelujah Brother!'. My sister, my friend and I always choose a character that reminds us of eachother, my sister is Cat my friend is Jed and they said I'm Kid Shelleen. this movie is fun and a great movie to watch with your loved ones!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I used to watch this movie when I was a kid and I still enjoy watching it today even though the graphics aren't like today's graphics.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cat Ballow is one of the funniest westerns ever. The performances, especially that of Lee Marvin are classic. The plot is logical, and very entertaining.
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