A rancher, a rustler, and a regulator face off in Arthur Penn's eccentric western. As a cover for their horse thievery, a gang of Montana rustlers, led by the laid-back Tom Logan (Jack Nicholson), buys a small farm adjacent to the ranch of their latest target/nemesis, Braxton (John McLiam). When the gang leaves Tom on the farm and heads to Canada ...
A rancher, a rustler, and a regulator face off in Arthur Penn's eccentric western. As a cover for their horse thievery, a gang of Montana rustlers, led by the laid-back Tom Logan (Jack Nicholson), buys a small farm adjacent to the ranch of their latest target/nemesis, Braxton (John McLiam). When the gang leaves Tom on the farm and heads to Canada for another score, Tom takes a shine both to farming and Braxton's rebellious, strong-willed daughter, Jane (Kathleen Lloyd). The slightly loco Braxton, however, hires the psychopathic regulator Lee Clayton (Marlon Brando) to root out the rustlers. With a series of unorthodox methods (and costumes), Clayton hunts down Logan and his gang one by one, even after Braxton fires him, but Logan isn't about to let Clayton (or Braxton) make him obsolete. Lucia Bozzola, Rovi
Marlon Brando, Jack Nicholson, Kathleen Lloyd, Randy Quaid, Frederic Forrest. Fine in fine packaging. Originally released: 1976. Language: English. Run time: 126 mins. ONE OF BRANDO'S FINEST WESTERNS. "THE MISSOURI BREAKS"--VERY FINE TAPE---LIKE NEW! ---VHS PRIVATELY OWNED & viewed a MINIMAL NUMBER OF TIMES. CONSIDER IT NEW! POST GODFATHER ERA FOR BRANDO--NICHOLSON RARE IN THIS GREAT ROLE.
A different kind of western that has a different kind of feeling. I never saw this movie when I was young, but definitely enjoyed it in my old age. The story had a different message - it was not the old shoot 'em up that I have enjoyed over the years but I definitely enjoyed it now! Worth the time and money!
Oct 23, 2010
Brando Twisted Western
Here's Brando's string of movies in his second run of fame: Godfather, Last Tango, Missouri Breaks, Superman, Apocalypse Now. Not a failure in the bunch. Yes he twisted the characters to make their lives seem surrealistic, but they were all great characterizations. In the Missouri Breaks, an area of Montana defined by the Missouri River, there was a lot of cattle and horse theiving going on and 'pioneer justice'. Brando brings us a 'regulator' that we come to intensely dislike. He is juxtaposed to a likable sort of fella played by J. Nicholson, a villainous thief. The plot is well executed. As stated the character development is outstanding. The backdrop is breathtaking at times. If you like seeing lots of horses and two of America's greatest actors play against each other, you get your wish with this one. It was directed by Arthur Penn who brought us "Little Big Man: and has a lot of that 'flavor' in camera work and segues. The music was done by John Williams who, movies after next, won sure fame in his work for "Star Wars" and then "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" In "the Missouri Breaks" you can hear some of his ideas of grand harmonica in the scheme of scoring a western. Excellent! (To Williams and to all!)