The Misfits

1961

The Misfits

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Arthur Miller scripted this tale of a recently divorced, one-time stripper (Marilyn Monroe) who begins a relationship with a down-on-his-luck cowboy (Clark Gable). The man, with his partners (Montgomery Clift, Eli Wallach), works at odd-jobs and looks for "misfits" (wild horses too small for any real work) to be ground up into dog food. The stripper, who is surprisingly idealistic, demands that no man of hers will do such a thing, and the two soon have a showdown.

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Cast

Clark Gable
as Gay Langland
Marilyn Monroe
as Roslyn Taber
Montgomery Clift
as Perce Howland
Eli Wallach
as Guido Dellini
Thelma Ritter
as Isabelle
Kevin McCarthy
as Raymond Taber
Philip Mitchell
as Charles Steers
James Barton
as Old Man in Bar
Dennis Shaw
as Young Boy in Bar
Estelle Winwood
as Church Lady
Denis Shaw
as Young Boy in Bar
Walter Ramage
as Old Groom
Peggy Barton
as Young Bride
J. Lewis Smith
as Fresh Cowboy in Bar
Bobby La Salle
as Bartender
Ryall Bowker
as Man in Bar
Ralph Roberts
as Ambulance Driver
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  • Aug 22, 2012
    A film most famous for its on-set turmoil, The Misfits marks a tragic period in film history: it was both Marilyn Monroe' and Clark Gable's last film before their respective deaths, and Monty Cliff had just come off of facial reconstruction surgery following his horrific car accident -- not to mention Huston's well documented alcoholism and the imploding marriage between Monroe and Arthur Miller. When reading about all of the behind-the-scenes problems, one has to marvel that the film even got made. For me, any film that attempts to demystify the myth of the "Old West" will always be judged against the paramount example of that theme, Midnight Cowboy. To that end, The Misfits falls flat in comparison. Monroe's character's moral compass is broadly drawn and shallow, as are the half-baked themes of individual responsibility and class stratification. Huston's direction, as usual, is smart and lean, but that's about it.
    Jonathan H Super Reviewer
  • Dec 25, 2011
    Marilyn Monroe has never been this good.
    Cita W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 03, 2011
    You feel some strange vibes when watching The Misfits, both Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe's last film before each died. The film itself is a story of outsiders in the world, each with their own problems and strangely relates to the personal lives of the stars previously mentioned. A great piece of cinema history and an all around good and heartfelt film. It is a story of hope and dreams and gaining respect but love and lust can get in the way of them if you let them. Recommended!
    Chris B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 13, 2011
    The struggle of flawed individuals to find a righteous modus vivendi in an unfair and indifferent world. A sense of unity despite the suffering and hopelessness among the characters touches the heart, even more when you know the actors' lives were mirroring what happens in the screen. They were also heading towards the end, and seemed to be accepting that idea, with heartrending melancholy and not without reluctancy.
    Pierluigi P Super Reviewer

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