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The Missouri Breaks ()

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featuring Marlon Brando, Jack Nicholson, Kathleen Lloyd, Randy Quaid, Frederic Forrest

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, ... Show synopsis

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  • Brando Twisted Western Oct 23, 2010
    by mehaul

    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!)

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