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,
There's something quite magical about this film that goes beyond the beautiful black and white and the story itself. It's impossible to watch this film without thinking about the three stars - Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable and Montgomery Clift. All of them at the end of their lives and each of them so very vulnerable in their own individual way. Monroe feels as fragile and innocently sweet as only she could, Gable appears almost a relic of an era long past and Clift seems almost like a walking open wound. It's a story about an era being over, about feeling lost and without direction, and maybe there were no better actors at the time to convey that emotion so clearly. The end result is painfully beautiful and absolutely worth watching many times over.
In some respects this film is like being a fly on the wall. All three of these film stars had problems and it seems emulated into this complex story about trapping and killing wild horses. Well done and interesting.