McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)

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    • McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)

      McCABE & MRS. MILLER

      DIRECTED BY ROBERT ALTMAN
      PRODUCED BY MITCHELL BROWER/ ROBERT EGGENWEILER/ DAVID FOSTER
      DAVID FOSTER PRODUCTIONS
      WARNER BROS.



      Information from IMDb

      Full Cast
      Warren Beatty ... John McCabe
      Julie Christie ... Constance Miller
      Rene Auberjonois ... Sheehan
      William Devane ... The Lawyer
      John Schuck ... Smalley
      Corey Fischer ... Mr. Elliott
      Bert Remsen ... Bart Coyle
      Shelley Duvall ... Ida Coyle
      Keith Carradine ... Cowboy
      Michael Murphy ... Sears
      Antony Holland ... Hollander
      Hugh Millais ... Butler
      Manfred Schulz ... Kid
      Jace Van Der Veen ... Breed (as Jace Vander Veen)
      Jackie Crossland ... Lily
      Elizabeth Murphy ... Kate
      Carey Lee McKenzie ... Alma
      Thomas Hill ... Archer (as Tom Hill)
      Linda Sorensen ... Blanche
      Elisabeth Knight ... Birdie
      Janet Wright ... Eunice
      Maysie Hoy ... Maisie
      Linda Kupecek ... Ruth
      Jeremy Newson ... Jeremy Berg (as Jeremy Newsom)
      Wayne Robson ... Bartender
      Jack Riley ... Riley Quinn
      Robert Fortier ... Town Drunk
      Wayne Grace ... Bartender
      Wesley Taylor ... Shorty Dunn
      Anne Cameron ... Mrs. Dunn
      Graeme Campbell ... Bill Cubbs
      J.S. Johnson ... J.J.
      Joe Clarke ... Joe Shortreed
      Harry Frazier ... Andy Anderson
      Edwin Collier ... Gilchrist
      Terence Kelly ... Quigley
      Brantley Kearns ... Fiddler (as Brantley F. Kearns)
      Don Francks ... Buffalo
      Rodney Gage ... Sumner Washington
      Lili Francks ... Mrs. Washington
      Joan Tewkesbury ... Townsperson (as Joan McGuire)
      Harvey Lowe ... Townsperson
      Eric Schneider ... Townsperson
      Milos Zatovic ... Townsperson
      Claudine Melgrave ... Townsperson
      Derek Keurvorst ... Townsperson (as Derek Deurvorst)
      Alex Diakun ... Townsperson (as Alexander Diakun)
      Gordon Robertson ... Townsperson
      Jon Bankson ... Townsperson (uncredited)
      William Chu ... Chinese Worker (uncredited)
      Alan Davis ... Townsperson (uncredited)
      Jimmy Eng ... Chinese Worker (uncredited)
      Barry Fowlie ... Townsperson (uncredited)
      Robert W. Hamelin ... Townsperson (uncredited)
      Terence Hill ... Townsperson (uncredited)
      Thomas Ho ... Chinese Worker (uncredited)
      Ed Hong-Louie ... Chinese Worker (uncredited)
      Louanne Hong-Louie ... Chinese Worker (uncredited)
      Paul Lam ... Chinese Worker (uncredited)
      Po Lam Lau ... Chinese Worker (uncredited)
      Anne C.W. Luk ... Chinese Worker (uncredited)
      Bill Yui Seto ... Chinese Worker (uncredited)
      Barry Tam ... Chinese Worker (uncredited)
      John Tuck ... Townsperson (uncredited)
      Dale Wilson ... Townsperson (uncredited)

      Writing Credits
      Edmund Naughton (novel "McCabe")
      Robert Altman (screenplay) and
      Brian McKay (screenplay)

      Cinematography
      Vilmos Zsigmond

      Trivia
      Many of the people playing small parts, bit roles, and extras were allowed to create their own characters for the movie.

      'Robert Altman''s initial preference for the role of McCabe was Elliott Gould, whom the studio producing the film refused to accept.

      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.

      Editor 'Lou Lombardo' complained that the soundtrack was too "muddy" and asked Altman fix it. Altman refused and later claimed the bad soundtrack was Lombardo's fault.

      The original title of this film was "The Presbyterian Church Wager". It was rejected due to complaints by the church to Warner Bros.

      At the beginning of the film, there is a shot of McCabe lighting a cigarette before crossing the bridge. According to Robert Altman, Stanley Kubrick loved that shot and called him up asking him: "How did you know you had it?"

      During post-production on this film, 'Robert Altman' was having a difficult time finding a proper musical score, until he attended a party where the album "Songs of Leonard Cohen" was playing and noticed that several songs from the album seemed to fit in with the overall mood and themes of the movie. Cohen, who had been a fan of Altman's previous film, Brewster McCloud, allowed him to use three songs from the album - "The Stranger Song", "Sisters of Mercy" and "Winter Lady" - although Altman was dismayed when Cohen later admitted that he didn't like the movie. A year later, Altman received a phone call from Cohen, who told him that he changed his mind after re-watching the movie with an audience and now loved it.

      Ranked #8 on the American Film Institute's list of the 10 greatest films in the genre "Western" in June 2008.

      Keith Carradine's film debut.

      Goofs
      Continuity
      In the saloon, McCabe plays cards and Sheeran lights the lamp while they talk to each other about the bottle of whiskey price. At one point McCabe is shown, from behind, taking the cigar out of his mouth with his left hand and, subsequently, shown from the front, holding the cigar in his mouth with his right hand.

      When the young man in the tall hat is leaving, he hugs each of the girls in turn. In the shot from the front, he the one girl and Ida Coyle is stepping up for her hug. The shot changes to the view from the left, where the hug of the first girl is repeated and Ida Coyle again steps forward.

      Ida gets of the wagon twice.

      Crew or equipment visible
      At 1:41:38 into the film, when McCabe is hiding in the door of the hardware store, a leg and a foot of a crew-member are visible reflected in the window on the left. After the cutaway it is even clearer when the person moves.

      Miscellaneous
      The steam engine was deployable very shortly after the fire was discovered, which would have been possible only if the engine had already been lit.

      Memorable Quotes

      Filming Locations
      British Columbia, Canada
      Howe Sound, British Columbia, Canada
      Squamish, British Columbia, Canada
      (town: Bearpaw)
      Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
      West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
      (Town of Presbyterian Church)

      Watch this Trailer

      [extendedmedia]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2BSHp9oYD0[/extendedmedia]
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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    • Re: (New Review) Classic Movie Westerns- McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)

      McCabe & Mrs. Miller is a 1971 American Western film
      starring Warren Beatty and Julie Christie,
      and directed by Robert Altman.

      The screenplay is based on Edmund Naughton's novel McCabe.
      The director called it an "anti-western film" because the film ignores or subverts
      a number of Western conventions.
      The film has been selected for inclusion in the National Film Registry of the United States.

      User Review
      Haunting, wintry Western
      20 April 2006 | by marissas75 (United States)

      The first thing to know about Robert Altman's revisionist Western "McCabe & Mrs. Miller" is that it takes place in Washington state. Typical Westerns are set in arid semi-deserts, full of blazing skies, blazing shotguns, and blazing tempers. Here, the dank, chilly Pacific Northwest permits, or rather demands, a different range of emotions: poignancy, regret, wintry melancholy. This film takes many risks, using Leonard Cohen's haunting ballads on the soundtrack and shooting scenes in very low light, but remarkably, everything coheres.

      The film features Altman's trademark group scenes with overlapping dialogue, but not his typical interlocking plot lines. True to its title, the story centers on gambler and brothel owner John McCabe (Warren Beatty) and his shrewd business partner, Mrs. Constance Miller (Julie Christie). Still, supporting characters always hover at the edges, taking part in vignettes that underline the movie's themes and occasionally provide some humor. In this way, the movie avoids the chaos and confusion of some Altman films, while always remaining aware that the main characters are part of a larger community. It's a perfect balance: both clear and complex.

      Still, "McCabe & Mrs. Miller" is more a study of place and character than a narrative drama. The small, isolated settlement of Presbyterian Church is newly built, but already seems to molder. Ironically, McCabe's brothel is the most "civilized" place in town: it is built quickly and even gets painted, while the church remains half-finished. No families, parents or children live in this bleak town, just a bunch of weary miners and whores who delude and distract themselves. They all have dreams, but barely know how to achieve them; for this reason, they're sympathetic and all too human. McCabe is a true anti-hero, a guy who thinks he's a slick, wisecracking gambler, but his jokes fall flat and he lacks common sense. Mrs. Miller seems confident and shameless, but she secretly uses opium to dispel the pain of living.

      At times, the movie is well aware of how it subverts the clichés of the Western genre to reflect what would really have happened out West. For instance, there is a final shootout, but it arises because of a quarrel over business—there are no Indians, no outlaws, and no sheriffs here! But "McCabe & Mrs. Miller" is much more than just a clever exercise in revisionism; it's never overtly satirical or mean-spirited. It keenly observes its world and then comments on it, overlaying everything with a delicate sense of poignancy and loss. This is the kind of film that stays with you, but not because of sharp dialogue, beautiful images, or showy performances. Greater than the sum of its parts, "McCabe & Mrs. Miller" is memorable for the pervasive but understated mood that runs through every frame, creating a truly atmospheric and humanistic film.
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England