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on 21 August 2017
Interesting DVD for me to watch, certainly misfits, but in a nice way, they're all so loving in their own way, but everyone seems to learn from Roslyn ( Marilyn Monroe) who seems to have a deeper view of the world and the things in it. The horses are said to be misfits, and so there are quite a bunch of them in the DVD.
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on 5 August 2017
great film very much of its time
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on 18 November 2001
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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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 27 September 2011
This film was famously the last by both Gable and Monroe. Gable had a heart attack soon after the film was in the can, so he never got to see the finished article. He would no doubt have been disappointed to find out that it was a box-office disaster. The critics lambasted Arthur Miller's script as being pretentious and disliked it's protest at modern American life. Time has been a kinder judge, and it is now viewed by many critics as a misunderstood classic. Pulitzer prize winner Arthor Miller, who was incidentally married to Monroe, was no mug and neither was veteran director John Huston who seldom made a bad film. Miller's script merely uses cowboys as the metaphor for people who struggle to keep up with the maddening pace of modern life and feel themselves dropped from society. I feel a bit like that myself behind the controls of a computer! Kirk Douglas did the same with his very fine film "Lonely are the Brave" shortly after.

The story has Gable as an aging cowboy who meets a jaded, but still very attractive divorcee played by Marilyn Monroe. They are joined by struggling rodeo star Montgomery Clift and ex World War Two pilot Eli Wallach. All the characters are carrying a lot of baggage around with them. Gable regrets the time he didn't spend with his children who are now grown up. Monroe despairs at her failure to enter into a meaningful relationship. Clift feels rejected by his mother after she re-married. Wallach is scarred by the death of his wife and the bombing raids he made during the war. These relationships form the heart of the film. I was reminded much of the failed characters in Henry King's atmospheric film "The Sun also Rises". The group attempt to round up a group of wild horses which they intend to sell for dog food. The films finest scenes are then played out over the scorched Nevada desert, with Monroe giving a memorable rant amongst the lonely desolation.

Huston must did not make it easy for himself with the casting, which he so often had the uncanny ability of getting right. Everyone in the business knew how exasperating Monroe could be, but he took the risk and was rewarded with one of her more memorable performances. Veteran Gable was his dependable self, although his drunk was not all that convincing. Wallach was showing what a fine late burgeoning film talent he was, whilst Clift whose career was on the wane threw in a believable performance. Astonishing to think that Wallach is still alive and kicking at the grand old age of 95 and has even managed to remain active in the industry. The black and white photography out in the desert by Russell Metty is glorious, and the wranglers clearly knew how to work with horses. Perhaps the script is a little over talky, but even so this is a fine piece of work. There are no extras on this DVD which was of adequate quality. A couple of scenes with close ups of Monroe look blurred, but this was as a result of the unnecessary soft focus popular at the time, so don't be too dismayed. Even slightly flawed this a fitting swansong for two great stars.
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on 1 April 2013
Not what I would call her best film and it seemed to go for ages. But I must admit I would at least give it one watch.
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on 24 June 2017
Although used, was in great condition and price even better! Great movie!! Recommend others buy this and an ideal gift for Marilyn Monroe Fans too!
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on 10 April 2017
Marilyn is good but I find this film heavy going.
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on 9 May 2017
A classic Monroe film, one of my personal favourites and a fine testament to Marilyn's acting skills, which too often got overlooked.
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on 24 July 2016
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 sex appeal like no other before or since. Supporting cast of Eli Wallach & Thelma Ritter, these five together made this film work, just like a swiss watch, perfect,
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 7 October 2008
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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