One of the 6 films I'm taking to the desert island.
Films of the Western genre are morality-plays. This film is a morality-play - an enterprising gambler tries to set up a small-time gambling establishment (and whore-house), but after the arrival of Mrs. Miller the business expands. At that point the 'big boys' try to muscle-in. He refuses to sell and a battle of wits and bullets ensues.
The story unfolds in a quiet, low-key way. The filming seems to be done in available light with one microphone so you hear the dialog as if you're actually there - not quite hearing everything - I love McCabe And Mrs Miller because it's so 'real'.