About the movie, "Monte Walsh"
Noted by many as one of the five best Western movies ever made, "Monte Walsh" (1970), is the story of an aging cowboy facing the ending days of the Wild West era. As barbed wire and railways steadily eliminate the need for the cowboy, Monte and his friends are left with fewer and fewer options. New work opportunities are available to them, but the freedom of the open prairie is what they long for. Eventually, they all must say goodbye to the lives they knew, and try to make a new start.
Special Meet & Greet & Talk by PAM MARVIN, widow of actor Lee Marvin;TODD ROBERTS, son of producer Bobby Roberts; MITCH RYAN, who played Shorty Austin; and BO HOPKINS, who played Jumpin' Joe Joslin.
"Monte Walsh" is an astounding film, astounding in that so few people seem aware of it. Lee Marvin heads an outstanding cast including Jack Palance, Jeanne Moreau and Mitchell Ryan in this elegant adaptation of the Jack Schaefer ("Shane") novel.
The movie may be thought of as one of those so-called "revisionist" films of the era which re-examined the concept of the western. "Monte Walsh" offers a vision of a dying cowboy lifestyle, of large cattle corporations and fewer jobs, of the growth of towns and the death of rowdy freedoms, of hard lives and few attractive options.
Marvin encapsulates many of these aspects as the title character, forced daily to realize his entire way of life is over. Director William A. Fraker does a remarkable job of drawing fine performances from his cast, and of capturing the hard beauty and constant state of change in the American West.
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