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Misfits
     

Misfits

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Director: John Huston

Cast: Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift

 

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The final film of stars Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe is an elegy for the death of the Old West from writer Arthur Miller and director John Huston. Gable stars as Gay Langland, an aging hand traveling the byways and working at rodeos with his two comrades, Guido (Eli Wallach) and young Perce Howland (Montgomery Clift). The three men come up with a plan to corral some

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The final film of stars Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe is an elegy for the death of the Old West from writer Arthur Miller and director John Huston. Gable stars as Gay Langland, an aging hand traveling the byways and working at rodeos with his two comrades, Guido (Eli Wallach) and young Perce Howland (Montgomery Clift). The three men come up with a plan to corral some misfit mustangs and sell them for dog food, but Gay's new girlfriend Roslyn Taber (Marilyn Monroe), a high-minded ex-stripper who has just divorced her husband Ray (Kevin McCarthy) in Reno, is appalled by the plan. Although both Guido and Perce are also in love with Roslyn, she stands by Gay, sure that in the end he will do the right thing, even as he and his pals begin their planned roundup.

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Seldom, if ever, has a movie been in as much synchronicity with the lives of its stars as The Misfits. In fact, director John Huston's gift for casting took a spooky turn in this case. The film, ostensibly about disappearing independence, has mortality seeping from its every pore. It's a haunting and ghostly film about the end of an era that turned out to be the end of an era itself. Most famously, The Misfits was the last movie that two of the biggest screen legends, Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe, would complete. By the early 60s, Monroe was going in and out of hospitals trying to deal with her drug problem and her overwhelming depression. She died of a drug overdose a year and a half after the movie was completed. Gable, reportedly bored with waiting for Monroe on the set, refused to have a stuntman do his stunts (at the age of 59!) and died less than a week after the end of filming for The Misfits. The final tragic story is the one of Montgomery Clift. One of the most supremely talented actors of his generation (in the same style but better than James Dean), Clift goes largely underappreciated today. His withered and languorous performance in The Misfits must have struck very close to home. It's a movie filled with loss, too much of it from outside the film itself. Brendon Hanley

Product Details

Release Date:
05/10/2011
UPC:
0883904233411
Original Release:
1961
Rating:
NR
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time:
2:05:00
Sales rank:
26,110

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clark Gable Gay Langland
Marilyn Monroe Roslyn Taber
Montgomery Clift Perce Howland
Thelma Ritter Isabelle Steers
Eli Wallach Guido Dellini
James Barton Old Man in the Bar
Estelle Winwood Church Lady
Kevin McCarthy Mr. Taber
Dennis Shaw Young Boy in Bar
J. Lewis Smith Fresh Cowboy in Bar
Marieta Tree Susan
Ralph Roberts Ambulance Driver at rodeo
Philip Mitchell Charles Steers

Technical Credits
John Huston Director
John Day Stunts
Stephen B. Grimes Art Director
Frank LaRue Makeup
Frank R. McKelvey Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Russell Metty Cinematographer
Arthur Miller Screenwriter
William Newberry Art Director
Alex North Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Richard Pasco Stunts
Frank Prehoda Makeup
Chuck Roberson Stunts
Allan Snyder Makeup
Frank E. Taylor Producer
George Tomasini Editor

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Misfits (1961) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Misfits was touted as the next great American movie when it was being made. And why not? It was written by Pulitzer prize play write Arthur Miller for his soon to be ex-wife Marilyn Monroe. It was directed by the already legendary John Huston and stared Icon Hollywood actors Clark Gable, Montgomery Clift, and Monroe. For Monroe and Gable it would be there final Film. While received well by the critics at the time it was a box office failure. The average person was not ready for a modern day western that showed the myth of the west was over and those remaining trying to live by its code were just Misfits. Thankfully, over the years the movie has gained a cult classic status that it deserves. The Misfits is a must see for fans of Monroe, Gable, Clift, and/or Huston and for fans of movies and movie history, this movie did herald a new era in Hollywood.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago