The Misfits

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While filing for a divorce, beautiful ex-stripper Roslyn Taber (Marilyn Monroe) ends up meeting aging cowboy-turned-gambler Gay Langland (Clark Gable) and former World War II aviator Guido Racanelli (Eli Wallach). The two men instantly become infatuated with Roslyn and, on a whim, the three decide to move into Guido's half-finished desert home together. When grizzled ex-rodeo rider Perce Howland (Montgomery Clift) arrives, the unlikely foursome strike up a business capturing wild horses.

Cast & Crew

Clark Gable
Gay Langland
Marilyn Monroe
Roslyn Taber
Montgomery Clift
Perce Howland
Thelma Ritter
Isabelle Steers, Roslyn's Landlady
Eli Wallach
Guido aka Pilot
James Barton
Fletcher's Grand Father
Estelle Winwood
Church Lady collecting money in Bar
Kevin McCarthy
Raymond Taber
Marietta Tree
Susan
Alex North
Original Music
Russell Metty
Cinematographer
George Tomasini
Film Editor
Bill Newberry
Art Direction
Frank R. McKelvy
Set Decoration
Jean Louis
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Critic Reviews for The Misfits

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (1)

  • Talent, controversy and accident have combined to make The Misfits an unusually interesting film if not an outstandingly good one.

    March 21, 2018 | Full Review…
    Guardian
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  • Gable has never done anything better on the screen, nor has Miss Monroe. Gable's acting is vibrant and lusty, hers true to the character as written by Miller.

    January 18, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Against all odds, [Monroe] gives an extraordinary performance.

    June 18, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • John Huston's latter-day western exerts a doomy, morbid fascination that goes beyond what we see on the screen.

    June 12, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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  • A gripping and messy ode to the collision of genres, time periods, and personalities.

    June 12, 2015 | Rating: 4/5
  • The faces of Gable, Clift and Monroe together in closeup have a Mount Rushmore look to them.

    June 11, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Misfits

  • 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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