Pocket Money (1999)




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In this comical modern-day western, an impoverished and deeply indebted cowboy and his con-artist pal find themselves hopelessly entangled with an outlaw cattle rancher. The plot is based on a book by J.K.S. Brown.

Rating: PG
Genre: Western, Classics, Comedy
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Written By: John Gay, Terrence Malick
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On DVD: Nov 14, 2006

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Critic Reviews for Pocket Money

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

The lazily incongruous character studies of naive Newman, hard-drinking, slow-witted Marvin, and a strong support cast, come from a script by Terrence Malick.

Full Review… | November 11, 2006
Time Out
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All style and no movie.

Full Review… | November 11, 2006
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Rosenberg's direction is pedestrian.

Full Review… | June 17, 2008
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A mildly diverting modern western and buddy-buddy movie.

Full Review… | November 11, 2006

It is so peculiar and doesn't seem to care that it strays from the usual western, that therein lies its charm.

Full Review… | March 11, 2004
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February 3, 2013

Audience Reviews for Pocket Money


Great acting from Paul Newman and Lee Marvin as well as directing from Stuart Rosenberg, but this is a complete mess of a story and almost incomprehensible. It's a movie that makes you question if there was ever really a story being told at all. There's a man trying to transport horses and that's really all you can say abut the entire movie, it's difficult just to be so. I think with a better script it would've been something like Hud.

Conner Rainwater

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Sean Gillespie

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Pocket Money (1972) -- [5.0] -- Paul Newman teams up with Lee Marvin to deliver cattle from Mexico to a shady dealer played by Strother Martin. Newman and Martin are re-teamed here with "Cool Hand Luke" director Stuart Rosenberg, with a script adapted by Terrence Malick (Badlands, The Thin Red Line). Despite the ingredients, "Pocket Money" doesn't amount to much. For a buddy picture, Newman and Marvin don't leave much of an impression. Marvin almost works as the boozing happy-go-lucky sort, but Newman is less convincing as a kind-hearted dim wit. Even Martin is oddly restrained here, at a time when you really just want to see him embrace a role of villainy. Maybe the problem is in the source novel or Malick's adaptation, but "Pocket Money" is slow to rev up and ends up going nowhere.

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