The Misfits [DVD] 
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Expertly directed by John Huston (The Maltese Falcon) from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize winner Arthur Miller, The Misfits is a "probing, exciting drama" (Film Daily) of honesty, intensity and sheer poetic brilliance. Divorced and disillusioned Roslyn (Marilyn Monroe) befriends a group of "misfits", including an aging cowboy (Clark Gable), a heartbroken mechanic (Eli Wallach) and a worn-out rodeo rider (Montgomery Clift). Through their live-for-the-moment lifestyle, Roslyn experiences her first taste of freedom, exhilaration and passion. But when her innocent idealism clashes with their hard-edged practicality, Roslyn must risk losing their friendship...and the only true love she's ever known.
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Clift and Clarke are wonderful, Clarke giving his usual charming persona another round but more so in a more mature manner. He also does all his own stunts, which considering his age at the time is astounding (they say this later caused stress to his heart, which killed him not too long after-- the more cynical critics would say Marilyn killed him).
It's a slowburner, there's no doubt, but nonetheless it just hypnotises you into watching it. Miller's screenplay is comendable (and one must give kudos to Monroe for not giving off a whiff of the resent she felt at having to play a part she detested, considering it to be an insult, and you can see her point as Miller incorportated some personal things into the script, which any hardcore Monroe fan will no doubt notice).
This movie is just a charmer, it can't be described in any other way. I watch it over and over, and I think any fans of Clift, Monroe and Gable will do so also. See Clarke Gable in his own domaine, Monroe as you've never seen her before, and Clift, well, playing a part that one would think perhaps hit him close to home. Watch out for a great turn in by Thelma Ritter, her usual astute, sharp and always watchable self.
"One of the most important movies of the 1960s"?? ...I should think so. Beautiful acting, beautiful script, and just a beautiful, haunting movie.
This story is about four aimless and rather pathetic people who have nothing to do and no place to do it in. They're just drifting through life and for a short time, they drift together. Gable is outstanding as the rugged old cowpoke who still wants a woman's touch. He takes manly command of every scene and is charisma personified. Wallach's role is less flashy but still powerful and touching. Montgomery Clift plays a rodeo cowboy who's been kicked in the head one too many times. He doesn't get to do much but he's still sweet and likeable. Marilyn is, well, Marilyn, still delivering her lines in that breathy, little-girl voice. Only occasionally does she break through and become a real person; mostly she over-emotes and poses prettily.
Filmed in black and white in a mostly barren desert, the movie is grim and depressing and doesn't let up for a minute. (Animal lovers' note: The "mustangin'" scenes of wild horses being roped and hog-tied are extremely cruel and hard to watch.) I'm glad I got to see Gable and Monroe in their last performances; this is a thoughtful character study of four achingly lonely people.
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A real gem of a film, hardly ever seen on tv. Gable & Clift at the end of their careers, Marilyn Monroe, well what can you say, she always seemed so vulnerable but she just oozed... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Gillette 1970
classic cinema seeing munro here is seeing more than in her other moviesPublished 1 month ago by Peter Harris
Brilliant acting, dialogue and story, you want find a better cast on top form in this giant of a film.Published 4 months ago by lcw