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Apr 23, 2021Jack Nicholson plays the laconic head of a gang of rustlers who open a Pandora's Box of trouble when they murder the local cattle baron's foreman. The baron quickly responds by hiring a well-known assassin to go after the rustlers, Marlon Brando ~ who arrives to chew major scenery and turns this Western into something like a noir on horseback. Brando's character only wants to hunt the men, and like a cat he lives to play with his live food before killing it. It's a different sort of Western, sure, like a psycho-Western.
Jul 11, 2011"The Missouri Breaks" isn't as a good as Arthur Penn's "Little Big Man" and I could hint that while filming production must have been rather difficult. Nicholson and Brando give very good performances, Arthur Penn is a master at using violence during key scenes but the length is way too long and sometimes one can get lost while trying to figure out what's going on. The landscapes is beautiful and all which leads me to question. Is "The Missouri Breaks" a bad film? It is but to me, it sort of get's a descent pass.
Sep 06, 2010Who would think that a movie with two of the greatest actors ever would be so horrible? I saw this one on TV, and it was so incredibly slow and boring, I couldn't watch the whole thing.
Aug 23, 2010This goes from being a very odd movie to a very good movie about half way in, which is actually why it's so interesting. Jack Nicholson really gives the better performance here, both his character and mannerisms are so natural and deeply thought out. Marlon Brando essentially went crazy for his role, which ends up being more scary than funny in the end. I really like the twist sense of mortality and the way murder is such a big part of the story. When the characters meet their fate, it's hardly glorious. It reminds me of what Clint Eastwood later played with in Unforgiven.