McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971)


“If a man is fool enough to get into business with a woman, she ain’t going to think much of him. ” – John McCabe

Number of Times Seen – 1 (12 Nov 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A gambler and a former prostitute set a business venture in a small Washington mining town, but get in over their heads when a larger mining company tries to take over their enterprise at all costs.

My Take on it – This is another movie that I have been meaning to watch for quite some time, yet only got around to it now once it showed up on my list of films with Oscar nominated performances.

The film is a very intriguing Western that chooses to look at things from a very different viewpoint and perspective than most other films in the genre.

This film deals with the business opportunity aspects of the time and they are able to give us something quite unique since we get to see characters who wish to take advantage of the situations around them.

Warren Beatty is quite good in the lead role and convincingly plays this character.

He is helped along by Julie Christie as his partner in crime as they try to work together making the time and work easier for the miners around them in this secluded frontier area.

Her character is a bit complex yet fails to become more likeable as one might hope she could be.

Their characters work well together and compliment one another as they seek a similar goal.

They both eventually get in too much over their heads with all that happens here and the script does a nice job showing how people, places and opportunities can sometimes be very timeless.

Christie was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her work here even though Beatty gives the more powerful performance between the two.

Bottom Line – Interesting Western that looks at an aspect of the genre that is usually overlooked.  The story set forth here is quite unique in its depiction of life in a mining town in the Old West where many opportunities are available to those who seek it. Beatty is quite good in the lead and is helped along by Christie who plays a complex character who isn’t as likeable as one might hope despite having a business mind that complements Beatty’s character so well. These characters get in a bit over their heads with everything that transpires and the story shows how timeless these kind of events truly are. Christie was nominated for an Oscar for her work here even though she doesn’t give as good a performance as Beatty does. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Warren Beatty loved to perform multiple takes of his scenes. Once, when Altman was ready to wrap shooting for the day, Beatty insisted on more takes. Altman left and had his assistant shoot them and Beatty did over thirty takes of the scene. Altman got his revenge by ordering Beatty to do 25 takes of a scene involving Beatty in the snow. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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