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Monte Walsh (1970)

Monte Walsh




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After losing his job at a ranch, an old cowboy finds that he is one of the last of a dying breed and decides to settle down. His friend and fellow cowboy tries to make a go of it too but realizes that the range is a part of him.more
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Western, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Lukas Heller, David Zelag Goodman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 24, 1993
National General Pictures


Lee Marvin
as Monte Walsh
Jeanne Moreau
as Martine Bernard
Mitch Ryan
as Shorty
Mitchell Ryan
as Shorty Austin
Ray Guth
as Sunfish
John R. McKee
as Petey Williams
Michael Conrad
as Dally Johnson
Tom Heaton
as Sugar Wyman
G.D. Spradlin
as Hat Henderson
Ted Gehring
as Skimpy Eagans
Bo Hopkins
as Jumpin' Joe Joslin
Matt Clark
as Rufus Brady
John McLiam
as Fightin' Joe Hooker
Billy Green Bush
as Powder Kent
Eric Christmas
as Col. Wilson
Raymond Guth
as Sunfish Perkins
Jack Colvin
as Card Cheat
Roy Barcroft
as Saloon Proprietor
Thomas Heaton
as Sugar Wyman
Frank Green
as Bit part (uncredited...
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Critic Reviews for Monte Walsh

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Less a plot-driven Western oater, Monte Walsh is more a slow-moving but satisfying contemplation on the end days of the cowboy life.

Full Review… | May 30, 2011
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

The elegaic Western paints a bleak picture of the Old West coming to an end and of a group of cowboys desperately trying to hold onto an era.

Full Review… | July 31, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for Monte Walsh

Lee Marvin and Jack Palance are middle-aged ranch hands struggling to make a living in a rapidly changing world. Corporations are buying up huge tracts of land and fencing them in, driving open-range cowboys, like Marvin and Palance, to near extinction.

There is an abundance of 'western' staples to be found here, things like saloon girls and poker games and bar room brawls and gunfights. Marvin's portrayal of Monte Walsh is solid. He's the quintessential, hard-living, hard-loving cowboy decked out with chaps and spurs and, in the end, fighting for all that is right and decent. Good film, great western.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

(Thematic SPOILERS)

This is half of a great movie. The great half is the first, where we meet cowboys dealing with a time when their world is coming to an end. Corporations are taking over, and the work of the cowboy is needed less and less.

The second half is where things go awry. The movie goes into formula mode. The greatness of the first half, with its quiet moments of reflection, and views of life on the range, go away. In their place is murder, heartbreak and revenge. I was very disappointed in the way the film went.

Often-cinematographer William Fraker takes the Director's Chair here and does admirably. He is supported by David Walsh behind the camera. John Barry provides an excellent score. He would later earn an Oscar with "Dances with Wolves," and fans of that score can get more of Barry's work in the Western genre here. Barry strays into his James Bond score work occasionally here, which is distracting.

The issue in this film is with the origin material. Jack Shaefer, who wrote the novel, also wrote "Shane." Maybe he wasn't ready to go without overt drama to make his point. That's too bad.

The elegaic Western paints a bleak picture of the Old West coming to an end and of a group of cowboys desperately trying to hold onto an era. but still no 'lonely are the brave'

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