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June 22, 2016
It works quite well as a complex drama with a good dose of the harsh reality of survival; it also works tremendously as Monroe's swansong, offering the viewers some closeups into those troubled eyes.
May 14, 2016
Realistic drama of four friends coping with their personal demons. As the square peg in a round hole, Marilyn holds it all together. Wonderfully, she is rarely off the screen.
September 24, 2015
The final film of both Monroe and Gable, and Arthur Miller's first screenplay (as his marriage to Monroe was falling apart- there is a strong divorce theme in this movie) a compelling film in which divorcee Roslyn Taber (Monroe) falls in with three cowboys, and eventually in love with Gay Langland (Gable) but rebels against the harsh nature of Langland's relationship to the land (mainly, what she perceives as cruelty to animals). Monroe is, as always, luminous and almost child-like in this film, but she is also quite melancholy. The other three actors (four if you count Thelma Ritter's Isabelle who unfortunately disappears early in the film) are superb and the dialogue spot on, though the treatment of the horses is distressing to watch- you couldn't do that now, you'd hope. Gable died a couple of days after filming- David Stratton suggests it could have the been the heat as well as the stunts with the horses, which are quite harrowing and which Gable insisted on doing himself. Superb film.
May 24, 2015
Marilyn Monroe Is great - Gable and Clift are so, so. Movie drags along to the extent that I almost gave up on it. Thankfully, it did finish strong.
½ May 20, 2015
Is this a representation of Nevada? What a mess. And those poor horses. The characters are weird and a bit crazy- not to mention drunk. And who decided to put a 59 year old Clark Gable next to 35 year old Marilyn Monroe? The only thing i enjoyed was the handsome Montgomery Clift
March 30, 2015
"The Misfits" fue la película final tanto de Marilyn Monroe como de Clark Gable y es un duro relato sobre una mujer que no le encuentra sentido a la vida y tres hombres machistas y alcohólicos (Gable, Eli Wallach y Montgomery Cliff) que se obsesionan de ella. Arthur Miller escribió la historia con exceso de subtexto y simbolismo, sin emabrgo la dirección de John Huston y las grandes actuaciones, logran sacar avante esta película sobre perdedores en una tierra perdida.
January 20, 2015
John Huston era un director que podìa hacer una buena pelìcula con cualquier historia , un trio de actores legendarios en sus ùltimas actuaciones y un ambiente crepuscular en blanco y negro , tres ingredientes para hacerla ùnica.
November 23, 2014
***Due to the recent RT changes that have basically ruined my past reviews, I am mostly only giving a rating rather than a full review.***
½ August 3, 2014
140803: Though attempting to end on a positive note, this film is just sad commentary on the human condition. The lives of three male friends, who live on the fringe of society, are twisted beyond their already twisted nature by a chance meeting with a recently divorced Marilyn Monroe. I will have to see more of Monroe's work because other than her looks, this film does not demonstrate to me, any semblance of good acting on her part. Eli Wallach, who recently passed away at an amazing 99 years of age, appears as the most destructive of the three men. Though passionate towards Monroe, you know Wallach cannot continue to suppress the obvious anger within himself, a death knell regarding any relationship he may desire. Alcohol fueled, self-destructive behavior is on display throughout this film. The characters are a mess and I found the negativity hard to digest. But, that's likely the point of this film. For what it's worth, enjoy.
Super Reviewer
½ February 19, 2014
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!
January 29, 2014
last film of monroe and gable and i've heard that the location and heat are what killed clark gable but what a way to go out this is a gr8 pic
December 17, 2013
S'il y a enormement de choses interessantes dans le film comme la destruction (pas tres subtile) du mythe du cow-boy de l'Ouest americain et que les acteurs, Eli Wallach en tete, sont particulierement bons (hormis Marilyn Monroe, qui en fait 3 fois trop), Les Desaxes souffrent de dialogues repetitifs et d'un rythme un peu trop lent. La musique d'Alex North est excellente.
November 9, 2013
Beautiful, film poetry.
October 23, 2013
Three flawed characters seek salvation and re-invention in the desert. MM'a Roslyn, her best dramatic role, tries to tame the men's worst angels to no avail. The deaths of MM, Gable and Clift only add gravitas to Arthur Miller's script. Essential.
October 14, 2013
Clark Gable proves for one last time just how great he truly could be. MM is breathtaking, as usual!
½ August 8, 2013
first time seeing marilyn monroe in a movie. not exactly what i expected.
May 20, 2013
This didn't do much for me at all, except for the historical aspect. Incredibly nihilistic.
May 8, 2013
The Misfits is a film directed by John Huston and starring the likes of Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Monty Clift, Thelma Ritter, and Eli Wallach. The story opens in Texas where a young woman is getting a divorce in Texas with the support of another divorced woman. After she goes through with the proceedings she feels bad but her spirits are lifted by a mechanic and then an aging cowboy who both find her extraordinary. She and the cowboy move into the half-finished home of the widowed handy man on his urging. Rosalyn and Gay slowly become closer and then he resolves to rope some wild mustang for money. Later, they go to a rodeo and meet Gay's friend Perce who takes part in the dangerous proceedings. After a night on the town, he eventually joins the other two men in their endeavor. However, when they actually begin Rosalyn is horrified by the whole thing. In the end, Gay is back with Rosalyn but not without a great deal of strife over the horses. In many ways this film can be seen as prophetic and it certainly is historically important because it was the last film of both Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable. Gable looks haggard and Monroe seems highly emotional possibly hinting at their imminent deaths. Both the acting and the script were commendable and I think a good deal of credit has to be given to Eli Wallach and Thelma Ritter along with the main headliners.
½ May 2, 2013
Tuesday, September 11, 2012

(1961) The Misfits

(Contains plot spoilers and is quite long)
Very plotless final film for two movie icons of Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe; it appears that it's intentions was to adapt it's storyline around some of it's well known characters, also included Montgomery Cliff, Eli Wallach and Thelma Ritter. People who are familiar with it's leading actors will actually enjoy this film more than viewers who don't know them at all since some of it's storyline may have been improvised. The movie as the title suggests is "The Misfits" it is the slang rustlers use for wild horses and viewers are oblivious about it's title until the last half hour of the film. Anyways, in my opinion the film was mostly adapted around it's actors most effectively on Montgomery Cliff and Marilyn Monroe than other cast mates even though Gable is first billing. As the movie starts out Marilyn as Roslyn whose just settling her divorce- it's her third or fourth one accompanied by Isabelle Steers (Thelma Ritter)whose a witness, and she's seen grumbling to herself about relationships in general which may be a reflection of Marilyn herself in real life. A mechanic is seen below and his name is Guido played by Eli Wallace from "The Good The Bad And The Ugly" who happens to be there, offers her a ride downtown both Roslyn and Isabelle to do some settlements, her ex pleads with her to come back and she does not listen. She does however, go to a bar instead, which is where Guido happen to be at and happens to bring a friend with him and he is "Gay Langland" played by Clark Gable of "Gone With The Wind". Ruslyn is not really interested in Gay per se but does notice his dog waiting for him. Next thing you know, Guido offers Ruslyn a tempory place to settle in which is somewhere along the Nevada desert. They all go there and upon finally reaching there destination, Guido gives Ruslyn a tour around the house which is unfinished. Everybody drinks and they settle down and while Gay's fixing up the place, he notices that some lettuce had been eaten and sets out to kill the rabbit who nibbled on it until Roslyn stops him. There's a pattern here which indicates that Marilyn herself is an animal lover. Nothing happens and they all decide to visit the rodeo. That is when viewers see actor Montgomery Cliff as Perce, the audience sees as well as hear him talking on the phone with his mother, and he is describing the scarring that occured and then got all healed up while a previous accident while particapating in the rodeo- can this be a reflection about the serious automobile accident Montgomery Clift suffered back in 1957 leaving viewers to decide. Anyways, they pick him up and because he loves to drink, they buy him a bottle before they're set out to go again and Gay is drinking as well. By the time they finally reached the rodeo, they greet a lot of friends but in the process of bull riding again while being drunk again Perce gets into some serious injury again- first on the tip of his nose then his head while riding on top of a bull. You know by this time, I remember reading that upon Clift getting into an accident he was drinking and driving at the time- is this a corralation about Clift particating dangerous rodeo while being drunk and at the same time getting into the serious car accident- the audience is left to decide. As the film progresses, we then hear a little more about Eli Wallace's role as Guido who once lost his wife and gets paid shooting bald eagles for cattleman on the desert which are birds that is now being labelled as endangered. And of course Roslyn disapproves, but when it came to rustling up some wild horses, 6 of them for the puropose of selling them as dog food, Marilyn as Roslyn freaks out screaming obsenities "Butchers, murderers" this was her tipping point, if anyone ever want to see Marilyn get this angry before, this is the one to see and it is convincing and perhaps the best acting Marilyn has ever done throughout her entire acting career since she is best known portraying 'blond bimbo' roles I am unable to relate. This is toward the end of the film and viewers now know that this has always been the rustlers livelihood, and they eventually adapt to allow Roslyn get her way.

This film was at times was very hard to watch particularly the beginning and it's center for I had to rewatch the beginning a few times just because I couldn't exactly grasp at director's John Huston's (The African Queen, The Maltese Falcon) intentions. While I appreciate Huston showing us how it used to be back then and allowing his actors for taking a stance on specific things, showcasing their true colors particularly Marilyn Munroe which by watching this film is like an autobiography since she's often playing ditzy roles I'm incapable to relate but in this one she's finally showing a humanistic side, unseen before and that should be acknowledged.
The ironic thing was that it was during the screening of this film which veteran movie actor Montgomery Clift finally took his own life since it may have been too close to home and perhaps couldn't stand seeing a mirror image of himself of what could've been.

3 out of 4 stars
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