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Will Penny (1968)




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Rambling along at its own measured pace, Will Penny is a vivid western character study, completely dominated by the rapport between stars (Charlton Heston) and (Joan Hackett). Heston plays Will Penny, an aging and impoverished cowboy. With his cohorts Blue (Lee Majors) and Dutchy (Anthony Zerbe), the trio sets out to find employment before winter sets in. Their job search is interrupted by the sudden appearance of Preacher Quint, a vicious Bible-thumping bandit (Donald Pleasance) and his moronic, sadistic sons. Dutchy gets wounded in the fight and Blue stays with him in a small town nearby to nurse him back to health. Will gets a job on a ranch, and though he is supposed to keep squatters off the land, he can't kick out Catherine (Joan Hackett) and her little son (Jon Gries). She herself is en route to join her husband, an Oregon farmer. Despite her wedding vows, Catherine finds herself drawn to Penny -- who makes no unwarranted move towards the woman, but is equally attracted to her. Then the murderous Quint and his sons reappear to exact their revenge.more
Rating: Unrated (violence)
Genre: Western, Action & Adventure, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Tom Gries
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 4, 2002
Paramount Pictures


Charlton Heston
as Will Penny
Joan Hackett
as Catherine Allen
Donald Pleasence
as Preacher Quint
Bruce Dern
as Rafe Quint
Slim Pickens
as Ike Wallerstein
Jon Gries
as Horace Allen
Roy Jenson
as Boetius Sullivan
G.D. Spradlin
as Anse Howard
Lydia Clarke
as Mrs. Fraker
Robert Luster
as Shem Bodine
Matt Clark
as Romulus
Gene Rutherford
as Rufus Quint
Jon Francis
as Horace Greeley Allen
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Critic Reviews for Will Penny

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (5)

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

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Cowboy character study mixes violence and depth; some peril.

Full Review… | September 30, 2014
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Will Penny

WILL PENNY-Released by Paramount Pictures. Running Time: 112 minutes.
MPAA Rating: "M"-Mature Audiences-Parental Guidance Suggested.(For
scenes of Western Violence and Strong Language). Released: 1968.

-One of the best adult Westerns made to date and one of the more mature Westerns to come out of the 1960's,comes writer-director Tom Gries(who was most known for his television work for TV shows like The Rat Patrol)casts Charlton Heston(in one of the greatest roles in his career,and also he quoted as one of his favorite films)in the title role of a cowboy who patrols for trespassers and rustlers on a huge ranch,who protects two uninvited visitors,a mother and her son from vicious outlaws in 1880's Montana. Gries' son Jon Gries,aka Jon Francis plays the boy while actress Joan Hackett portrays his mother who protects her son from the vicious outlaws(Donald Pleasence,
Bruce Dern and Lee Majors). The film was very good in bring a more darker side of ranch life in the Old West. Excellent character study in one of Charlton Heston's best roles.

Mister Caple

Super Reviewer

A really interesting western starring Charlton Heston. This movie stands out as one of the few that Heston did not overact in. The rich supporting cast is good also.

Jamison R

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