Paint Your Wagon (1969)




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Movie Info

In this lively musical, two tough prospectors make a surprising compromise after they separately purchase the same bride from a traveling Mormon. While trying to make their three-way marriage work, they try to strike it rich.

Rating: PG-13 (for thematic material)
Genre: Western, Romance, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Paddy Chayefsky, Alan Jay Lerner
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 24, 2001
Paramount Home Video


as Ben Rumson

as Elizabeth

as Rotten Luck Willie

as Mad Jack Duncan

as Horton Fenty

as Horace Tabor

as Haywood Holbrook

as Mr. Fenty

as Mrs. Fenty

as Atwell

as Steve Bull

as Joe Mooney

as Schermerhorn

as Jacob Woodling

as Sarah Woodling

as Higgins

as Haywood Holbrook

as Frock-Coated Man

as Hennessey

as Clendennon
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Critic Reviews for Paint Your Wagon

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | July 22, 2008
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

A mess, to be certain, but a happy and unpretentious mess that rambles along with a reckless charm.

Full Review… | May 15, 2015

Logan's movie is a flop on many levels, a musical in which America's most macho actors, Clint Eastwood and Lee Marvin, are miscast and required to sing.

Full Review… | February 13, 2011

Audience Reviews for Paint Your Wagon


I'm not a fan of musicals, but this amiable western is full of slapstick drunken brawls and affable cowpokes, semi spoofing the genre. Imagine a romantic Cat Ballou with songs...?! Plus Lee Marvin and Clint are great together.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

Paint Your Wagon is a strange western musical which has some embarrassingly catchy tunes. What a ride!

Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer


Mildly amateurish, yet funny and interesting.

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

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