The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)
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After the intense bloodshed of The Wild Bunch (1969), this comic western fable took the opposite approach to director Sam Peckinpah's continuing examination of the end of the West. Left for dead by a couple of lizard-slaughtering desperados in the middle of the desert, prospector Cable Hogue (Jason Robards) is saved by his unexpected discovery of water "where there wasn't any." Hogue turns the water hole, felicitously located near a stagecoach route, into a thriving business, creating a rest
May 13, 1970 Wide
Jan 10, 2006
Warner Bros. Pictures
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A fine movie, a wonderfully comic tale we didn't quite expect from a director who seems more at home with violence than with humor.
Sam Peckinpah followed The Wild Bunch with this intimate, eccentric, appealing 1970 comedy, which treats many of the same themes in a soft, regretful mode.
Not a hit at the box office, it remains one of his finest efforts, funny, touching and never mawkishly sentimental.
Peckinpah shows atypical humor and sense of music too in this original and lyrical comedy-Western-musical, with Jason Robards in top form as one of the director's most sympathetic character.
Audience Reviews for The Ballad of Cable Hogue
- Joshua: Funny thing... it doesn't matter how much or how little you've wandered around...how many women you've been with. Every once in awhile, one of them cuts right through. Right straight into you.
- Cable Hogue: What do you do about it?
- Joshua: I suppose maybe when you die you get over it.
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