Cat Ballou

Cat Ballou

DVD - 2000
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Marvin is a whiskey-soaked over-the-hill gunslinger who is hired to eliminate a vicious killer (whom he also plays). Fonda is the young outlaw who hires him. A western spoof.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Video, 2000
ISBN: 9780767848992
0767848993
Branch Call Number: DVD Cat
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (96 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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I think CAT BALLOU plucks a mystic chord of memory for people who came of age in the 1960s. That's the only thing that makes sense as to why some rave about what a terrific picture it is. Because it is not. Yes, Lee Marvin's Kid Shelleen is well played. But how many movies must we see where a drunken gunfighter regains his true grit? A youthful Jane Fonda can't anchor this picture. The serenading banjos of Nate King Cole and Stubby Kaye are an interesting feature, but most of the time I found my mind drifting off in the direction of BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID, another Western that has "Hole-in-the-Wall" as a setting, and how much the country changed between 1965 and 1969.

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birdy919
Jan 30, 2017

Just watched this for the first time and was pretty disappointed with it.
I suppose if you find drunk shtick funny ,you'll love Lee Marvin's performance.
I never cared for it back in the sixties (Dean when he wasn't singing and Foster Brooks all the time) and still don't.

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garycornell
Jan 16, 2015

Lee Marvin got an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in this wonderful musical comedy. The music is supplied mostly by Nat King Cole and Stubby Kaye,, who just appear in scene breaks throughout the movie. Unlike some musicals, these songs are great. I recommend taking the CD of "Cat Ballou" out for your listening enjoyment. The script is funny and the cast is great as well. It is headed up by Jane Fonda, who hires Lee Marvin to help her as a hired gun. I won't ruin the movie by telling you more. It is a fun movie with a great musical soundtrack!

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Old_Toto
Nov 01, 2014

Lee Marvin portrays the "ham", as in decades of western-cowboy-ham-acting humorously well in the 1965 parody that is still fun in the 21st century. See a rare portrayal of a Virgin Jane character. See Nat King Cole singing through his last movie role in life aided by Stubby Kaye, a face seen in many character parts of that age.

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rslade
Aug 20, 2014

A number of aspects raise this above the level of a mere western rom-com and make it a classic.

june522 Apr 08, 2013

LOVE!
Great music, great fun!

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