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 … More

Rating: Unrated (violence)
Genre: Western, Action & Adventure, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Tom Gries
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 4, 2002
Runtime:
Paramount Pictures

Cast


as Will Penny

as Catherine Allen

as Preacher Quint

as Blue

as Rafe Quint

as Ike Wallerstein

as Catron

as Dutchy

as Horace Allen

as Boetius Sullivan

as Anse Howard

as Dr. Fraker

as Mrs. Fraker

as Shem Bodine

as Romulus

as Foxy

as Rufus Quint

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
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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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.

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