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Will Penny (1968)




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In this western, Will Penny is an aging and impoverished cowboy who stops over at the temporary frontier home of Catherine. She herself is en route to join her husband. Despite her wedding vows and the presence of her young son, Catherine finds herself drawn to Penny.

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Charlton Heston
as Will Penny
Joan Hackett
as Catherine Allen
Donald Pleasence
as Preacher Quint
Bruce Dern
as Rafe Quint
Slim Pickens
as Ike Wallerstein
Roy Jenson
as Boetius Sullivan
Jon Gries
as Horace Allen
G.D. Spradlin
as Anse Howard
Lydia Clarke
as Mrs. Fraker
Robert Luster
as Shem Bodine
Matt Clark
as Romulus
Gene Rutherford
as Rufus Quint
Jon Francis
as Horace Greeley Allen
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Critic Reviews for Will Penny

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (2)

But for one scene too cruel for the story to support, and one scene in which the hero is taught Christmas carols too maudlin to believe, "Will Penny" might have been the best cowboy movie in some time.

May 9, 2005 | Full Review…

Cowboy character study mixes violence and depth; some peril.

September 30, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Heston's best work...and not surprisingly his favorite role.

October 15, 2004 | Rating: 5/5


July 18, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

Charlton Heston's solid turn in a more life-sized role is the centerpiece of this darkly haunting western.

November 3, 2002 | Rating: 4/5

One of the most underrated Westerns ever made.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: A | Full Review…

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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