Paint Your Wagon

Paint Your Wagon

Director: Joshua Logan Cast: Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood, Jean Seberg
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Paint Your Wagon

To judge from the high original list price, Paramount Home Video was still trying to balance the books on Paint Your Wagon for the reported 17 million dollars sunk into it in 1968-1969 (mostly from bringing a huge cast on an extended location shoot, plus commissioning new songs) when this DVD first appeared in 2001; as of 2004, however, the price had dropped and it became a more reasonable purchase. Over the years since the film's original release, viewers have had to endure decades of cropped, commercial-laden showings that stretched it out to nearly three-and-a-half hours; there was no chance to appreciate Paint Your Wagon's virtues, much less get to like the movie. That all changed with the release of this DVD, which restores the film's proper anamorphic Panavision aspect ratio (2:35:1) for the first time since its 1969 theatrical run (plus a lot of sharpness and rich color tone in the bargain), and it is adaptable to 16 x 9 widescreen monitors. It's now possible not only to appreciate the movie as a serious attempt at a more naturalistic kind of musical, but also to enjoy and avail oneself of the virtues of all of that expensive location shooting, better than at any time since the original release. Traditionalists can argue that the 1951 stage musical might have been better served onscreen by taking the approach of, say, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, but by 1969 audiences weren't going to take seriously any movie with singing matinee idols like Howard Keel or dancer/actors like Russ Tamblyn going through their paces in frontier settings. Watching Paint Your Wagon on this DVD, one becomes convinced that if the producers were going to make a movie of that musical in that era, they took the only way open to them. Lee Marvin and Jean Seberg are on such solid ground dramatically that they carry the movie, and Clint Eastwood is getting just good enough to keep up, and also to portray his rather lost, lonely, and vulnerable character convincingly, and his song segment is not bad -- it isn't what Gene Kelly or Russ Tamblyn would have done with it, but in the realistic context of this movie, it is good viewing today. Additionally, for the traditionalists, there are the big choral sequences and production numbers, plus the scenes with Harve Presnell (a veteran of one of the last studio-bound old-style musicals of the kind, The Unsinkable Molly Brown), who does wonders with "They Call the Wind Maria." In addition to an excellent film-to-video transfer, the producers have paid attention to the sound quality here. It's robust, to say the least, and mastered at a very healthy volume. The 164-minute movie has been given 18 chapters, which isn't really as much of a breakdown as it deserves since they mark off none of the songs by title, which is a serious oversight. Moreover, the chapter layout showcases the movie's one flaw, its sometimes slow pacing; the whole matter of the polyandrous relationship between Seberg's and Marvin's and Eastwood's characters doesn't even come up until chapter ten. The only bonus feature is the trailer, which is also a bit disappointing -- at the time of the DVD's preparation, Ray Walston was still alive, as were John Mitchum, Eastwood, and Presnell, so a commentary track would not be out of the question. The movie is a peculiar hybrid, and really a prodigious achievement during a period in which most big-budget musicals were dying on the vine (look at Doctor Dolittle, Camelot, and Star!), even if the music was partly eclipsed by the realism and the sheer size of the movie.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/24/2001
UPC: 0097360693348
Original Release: 1969
Rating: PG-13
Source: Paramount
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 2:44:00

Special Features

Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lee Marvin Ben Rumson
Clint Eastwood Pardner
Jean Seberg Elizabeth
Ray Walston "Mad Jack" Duncan
Harve Presnell Rotten Luck Willie
Tom Ligon Horton Fenty
H.B. Haggerty Steve Bull
Geoffrey Norman Harry Foster
Karl Bruck Schermerhorn
Alan Baxter Mr. MacFenty
Sue Casey Sarah Woodling
John Mitchum Jacob Woodling
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Actor
Ben Baker Haywood Holbrook
Terry Jenkins Joe Mooney
Pat Hawley Clendennon
Alan Dexter Parson
Paula Trueman Mrs. MacFenty
Robert Easton Alwell
Harvey Parry Higgins
H.W. Gim Wong
William Mims Frock-Coated Man
Roy Jenson Hennessey
L. William O'Connell Horace Tabor
Edward Little Sky Indian

Technical Credits
Joshua Logan Director
Maurice Ayers Special Effects
Jack Baker Choreography
James I. Berkey Set Decoration/Design
Carl Braunger Art Director
Paddy Chayefsky Screenwriter
William A. Fraker Cinematographer
Loyal Griggs Cinematographer
Larry Hampton Special Effects
James Hulsey Production Designer
Robert Jones Editor
Alan Jay Lerner Score Composer,Producer,Screenwriter
Frederick Loewe Score Composer
Frank McCoy Makeup
Al Murphy Asst. Director
André Previn Score Composer
William Randall Sound Mixer
Nelson Riddle Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Jack Roe Asst. Director
Tom Shaw Producer
John Truscott Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer
Nelson Tyler Cinematographer
Roger Wagner Musical Direction/Supervision

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. I Stake This Claim [:07]
2. Terms Of The Partnership [3:21]
3. Muddy Drunk In The Street [7:25]
4. Auction [6:34]
5. Ben's Wedding Day [4:06]
6. Elizabeth's Cabin [3:18]
7. Jealousy [4:09]
8. Wife Guarding [3:27]
9. Detour [7:48]
10. Two Husbands [:31]
11. Intermission [7:13]
12. Pagans [1:27]
13. Digging A Tunnel [5:10]
14. Wand'rin' Star [7:31]
15. A Whole New World [2:24]
16. Gold Fever [5:52]
17. No Name City Goes To Hell [7:09]
18. So Long [7:11]

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Paint Your Wagon 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful natural, scenery; good music; funny, twisting plot. Good overall entertainment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay, so I may be on my way to the 'Old Fogies Home' but this has been and still is my most favourite movie of all time. It's just a shame Lee Marvin was never given more scope for what I believe to to a hidden streak of comedy genius. With his ''I've just gargled with gravel'' rendition of ''Wanderin' Star'' his talent shines. Clint Eastwood holds his own in the acting stakes, but I'm undecided about his singing. The sound track features the most wonderful mens choirs, that are, unfortunately not noticed until one listens to the songs without the pictures. The making and then breaking of No Name City is a funny, but accurate version of the building of towns in the gold rush era. No blood, no gore, just a truly great family movie. A movie suitable for all ages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a 24-year old who grew up watching Clint Eastwood movies. This is one of his lighter-mooded pics, but is also one of the best. The movie is hilarious to folks of all ages: I loved it when I was a child and love it just the same now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Absolutely one of my favorite movies. If you want romance, comedy, music, and action all in a movie you can watch with your mom and not be embarassed this is it. Clint Eastwood gives a performance so far removed from his 'spaghetti westerns' and the Dirty Harrys that you will see him in a different light from now on. Lee Marvin also is at his best. The musical score for this picture is flawless. Even Clint displays a talent (though not terribly polished) for singing and Mr. Marvin's performance of 'Wandering Star' is perfectly rough in keeping with his characther in the film. Jean Seberg also does a fine job and has a lovely voice. All in all a truly wonderful film well worth adding to you video collection and one you will watch over and over.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A who's who's of Hollywood of the modren era. What starts out as a covered wagon trip west evolves into the greed for gold. And alot of the vises that go with a mining town. You'll laugh till your sides hurt. They don't make them like this any more. When is the last time you heard Clint Eastwood sing? This might have been the only time. Folks this is off the hook !!!
grmafluffy More than 1 year ago
What is the only movie that has Clint Eastwood singing? I really don't know if it is own voice but it sure is a long way from Dirty Harry! I love this old classic and Lee Marvin is hilarious as usual. It's a long movie but well worth it.
Diana73 More than 1 year ago
THIS MOVIE IS TIMELESS! THE ACTORS IN THIS MOVIES ARE SUPERB! Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood and Jean Seberg, Harve Presnell& Ray Walston. The acting and the singing are the best. Clint Eastwood singing, can't get any better than that. Harve Presnell what a Voice ~ love him, "They Call the Wind Maria", the best!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like westerns and music you will enjoy this movie. Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood both do a good job singing in this movie adaptation of the musical "Paint Your Wagon".
evie-Z More than 1 year ago
A surprisingly entertaining musical filmed in 1969, 'Paint Your Wagon' boasts top names in the production department including--Alan J. Lerner, Frederick Loewe, Paddy Chayefsky, Andre Pevin, and of course the big stars, Clint Eastwood (singing, yes!) and Lee Marvin as boisterous and grizzly as he always is. It's worth watching just to see Eastwood in his prime and Marvin much younger too. You won't recognize the music except for "They Call The Winds Maria" and "I talk To The Trees" if indeed anyone out there does remember those at all. The plot's a little weak and some silly business but hey! It's a musical. What can we expect for 1969 when they had to do it all the hard way? Worth adding to your musical collection. Evie-Z
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just watched this movie for a second time around-having seen it for the first time decades ago, and this movie is still a treat! Although the viewing experience was different this time, there are plenty of positive things to write about in regards to this movie. I do have one minor gripe so I'll get that out right off. A few of the songs...Ummmm, they kinda stunk, and a couple of the men who sung them stunk too, but that's okay because most of the songs that Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood sang were pretty good and they both sang well. Who can resist Lee Marvin's rusty rendition of Wandering Star? It appears that this movie was some sort of filmmaking experiment as it came out in the sixties and it shows. It highlights many of the themes of that period non-conformist notions of free love and independent ideology. Who would of thought to combine a musical and western together with such originality? And amazingly, somehow, it works! Give this movie a try.
AEC More than 1 year ago
Absolutely funny. The choruses are really "unsung" hits of the overall musical. This is the late Lee Marvin's great musical debut. The young Clint Eastwood surprises with a nice untrained voice. The colapse scene of the town is one of the best yet. All in all, "Paint Your Wagon" is just entertaining. That is why we bought it and that is what it delivered.
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