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The Misfits [DVD] [1961]

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  • Actors: Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift, Eli Wallach, Thelma Ritter
  • Directors: John Huston
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish, Dutch, French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 23 July 2012
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0086O9K5S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,651 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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By G. Stephens VINE VOICE on 29 Oct. 2003
Format: DVD
This film is brilliantly tragic. The cast are superb and an ominous sense of doom surrounds the film, this is implicit in the title and in hindsight, it is also emphasised by the fact that it was to be the last film of the three leading actors, who died after shooting the film. It is particularly touching to see Marilyn in a role where she does not play the pouty, doe eyed bimbo which pursued her throughout her career. Instead Marilyn is a sensitive, troubled soul who finds, in a sense, solace with her fellow "Misfits"- this I also find rather ironic as it is as though the true Marilyn Monroe is revealed. I found this film very humane, and Miller's script is perfect in its grasp of raw humanity.
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This is a movie, anyone with a serious interest in cinema should own, especially older cinema. What a rare find. Three excellent actors, all in their last movie. Marilyn and Montgomery are screen-stealing. Marilyn gives what is argued to be her finest dramatic performance, and she sparkles as the troubled, slightly naive but streetwise Roslyn. And yet she still oozes charm in each scene.

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.
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By A Customer on 18 Nov. 2001
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Arthur Miller's poignant screenplay written for his then wife, Marilyn Monroe, directed by John Huston, co starring Clark Gable and Montgomery Clift seems to sum up the passing of one era and the start of another. Filmed on location in Nevada, July through to November 1960, the film catches the three main characters each at a crossroads in their lives. Monroe and Gable's performances are amongst their finest here, but also their last. The film isn't a laugh a minute but is still thought provoking and points out that for one thing to live another must die. There is a wistful scene where " Guido" (played by Eli Wallach) points up at the night sky and remarks that by the time the light from the stars reaches Earth they have already "died" and if you think most of the players in The Misfits are no longer with us . Go see.
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At the time it was being filmed, The Misfits was supposed to be the next great American film. the screen play was written by Pulitzer prize winning Arthur Miller for his wife Marilyn Monroe. It was directed by the legendary John Huston and stared Iconic Hollywood actors Clark Gable, Montgomery Clift, and Monroe. For Monroe and Gable it would be there last film. it was received well by critics when it was released but with the public it was a box office failure. America was not ready for a modern western that showed the myth of the cowboy was over and those remaining trying to live by its code were Misfits. Over the years the movie has attained a cult status. A must see for fans of Monroe, Gable, Clift, and Huston and for fans of movie history. The movie heralded a new era in Hollywood. I also have to Recommend Misfits Country for a dramatic look behind the scenes of the making of this movie---a movie within a movie so to speak.
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By Kona TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Oct. 2008
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As the story opens, Roslyn (Marilyn Monroe) has just arrived in Reno to get a quickie divorce. She meets Guido (Eli Wallach), a sensitive mechanic and his pal Gay (Clark Gable), an aging cowboy. Both men fall in love with the beautiful, child-like blonde, and she ends up living with Gay in Guido's house. The men take Roslyn out the desert to go "mustangin'," but she's horrified when she learns the purpose of their trip.

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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