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« on: July 31, 2008, 08:26:35 PM »

Dir. William A Fraker with Lee Marvin ...  Monte Walsh  Jeanne Moreau ...  Martine Bernard  Jack Palance ...  Chet Rollins  Mitch Ryan ...  Shorty Austin  Jim Davis ...  Cal Brennan  G.D. Spradlin ...  Hal Henderson  John Hudkins ...  Sonny Jacobs (as John 'Bear' Hudkins)  Raymond Guth ...  Sunfish Perkins (as Ray Guth)  John McKee ...  Petey Williams  Michael Conrad ...  Dally Johnson  Tom Heaton ...  Sugar Wyman  Ted Gehring ...  Skimpy Eagans  Bo Hopkins ...  Jumpin' Joe Joslin.

Another Western about the end of the West. 

Circa late 1880's, after a disastrous winter Monte Walsh & Chet Rollins (who were out minding a line shack & killing wolves) ride out of the mountains and into Harmony in the spring to find out most of the cattle herds were whipped out and that they are out of a job. A friend offers them positions with a cattle company that bought out the valleys ranches and they take up the offer. The story is somewhat predictable and Moreau is pretty much wasted.

Most of the film deals with the steady decline of the romantic West, but not in iconic terms, here it dies not so much with a bang but with a whimper. There is some gunplay, a bar brawl, and some great sets and landscapes. Not any distinct style on the part of Director Fraker.

Near the end there is a turn of events that sets Monte on a mission more in keeping with a traditional Western.

Worth a view 7.5/10

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« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2008, 12:16:38 PM »

  Didn't watch this last night, but I did see it a few years back on a VHS tape.  Lee Marvin and Jack Palance were good, but the rest of the cast didn't make a huge impression.  I do remember enjoying the scene where Marvin tries to break the horse and ends up destroying half of a town. Grin

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« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2010, 07:44:30 PM »

http://www.amazon.com/Monte-Walsh-Lee-Marvin/dp/B0042RJWTM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1288921412&sr=1-1

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« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2010, 08:16:53 PM »

While the first hour plus isn't perfection, the movie cops out big time in the last act and rushes to an end - basically destroying any positive momentum it gained throughout. The cast delivers, especially the leads.

I would have love to see what Peckinpah would do with the principal story, though it would be familiar territory for him.

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« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2013, 08:07:49 PM »

7/10

the music in the final shootout is awful

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« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2013, 03:39:32 AM »

7/10

the music in the final shootout is awful

Its all awful.

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« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2013, 05:22:16 AM »

Fine western with a great Lee Marvin. Photography is a bit too "arty", looks often too clean, partly too aseptic. 7/10

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« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2013, 08:35:35 AM »

I was just about to watch it a couple of times, and each time I FF-ed through it the enthusiasm passed. Perhaps I'm wrong, I might try one of these days.

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« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2014, 01:46:17 PM »

The German BD is region free! http://www.dvdtalk.com/dvdsavant/s4503wals.html

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« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2015, 12:32:17 PM »

U.S. blu coming in July.

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« Reply #10 on: July 01, 2017, 12:18:07 PM »

Rewatched after so many decades, I remembered nothing. There are some great pictures, like some exteriors when the sheriff is killed. The bronco busting scene is a masterpiece, still there are some minuses (Palance as miscast as can be, too sedate a character for him: it would have better suited a, say, Ben Johnson), the whole subplot around Shorty is not convincing. Jeanne Moreau, I could never put up with her, here looks even older of what she was. I'm curious about Schaefer's novel, though. 7/10

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« Reply #11 on: July 02, 2017, 06:29:49 AM »

No mention of the rather good remake in the thread? Time I watched that again and reviewed it. As for the Marv pic >

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Monte Walsh is the debut feature of cameraman-turned-director William A.Fraker. It stars Lee Marvin (Monte Walsh) & Jack Palance (Chet Rollins) as two ageing cowboys who find that the era of the cowpoke is coming to an end; and that work for them is now very hard to come by. Adapted by David Zelag Goodman & Lukas Heller from Jack Schaefer's novel, Monte Walsh is a gentle but astute telling of men who have outlived their time (think Will Penny/Ride The High Country). Though very sedate in pacing, and almost elegiac in tone, the film constantly remains interesting because the characters are so well written. That they are given quality portrayals by Marvin & Palance, the latter of which is nicely cast against type, is possibly of no surprise to most genre fans. But both actors push themselves to really make the film work, even exuding believability in the process. Thus when the story takes its potent laced turns we are with them all the way, for better or worse.

John Barry provides the music and the film opens with a delightful and ironic tune called "The Good Times Are Comin" sung by Mama Cass. The cinematography is by David M. Walsh, where he nicely manages to make the Tuscon part of the shoot blend with the emotional state of our protagonists. And decent support comes from Mitch Ryan too. There's also much humour in the piece, such as a cooks revenge that is laugh out loud funny. While there's action moments like a taming a bronco sequence to ensure the story is not solely interested in playing out as a sad atmospheric tale. But it's really all about Marvin and the character he plays, with Fraker guiding him to emotional depth, Marvin makes Monte Walsh an essential viewing for fans and interested newcomers alike. 7/10

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