McCabe and Mrs.Miller

Directed By: Robert Altman Starring: Julie Christie Warren Beatty

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Product Overview

An enterprising entrepreneut decides to start an unusual business in a small pacific northwest frontier town.

Specifications

Studio Warner
SKU 40167208
UPC 085391105527
UPC 14 00085391105527
Format DVD
Release Date 6/4/2002
Rating Rating
Keywords
Character Study
Essential Cinema
Prostitution
Recommended
Romance
Small Town Life
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note A haunting, poetic anti-Western based on the 1959 novel by Edmund Naughton, Robert Altman's MCCABE AND MRS. MILLER is a deeply moving motion picture about love and the pursuit of wealth in 19th-century America.| |John McCabe (Warren Beatty), a determined businessman with a mysterious past, settles in the small Northwestern town of Presbyterian Church and opens up a saloon and brothel. Soon after, the brothel's madam, an Englishwoman named Constance Miller (Julie Christie), arrives and forms a partnership with McCabe in order to manage the brothel's business affairs. McCabe has trouble expressing his true feelings to Mrs. Miller, with whom he has fallen in love; she, in turn, relies on opium to distract her from her personal sorrows. After a powerful company arrives and offers to buy out McCabe's property, his stubborn refusal ends up jeopardizing his life, resulting in a showdown with three hired killers in the middle of a freak blizzard. Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond's faded imagery-purposely manipulated by "flashing" the film stock before shooting--along with production designer Leon Ericksen's authentically created town, brings to life a past world that is tinged with an underlying sadness, a feeling that is heightened by Leonard Cohen's melancholy soundtrack. Beatty, as the lovesick McCabe, and Christie, who was nominated for an Oscar as the hard-nosed Mrs. Miller, deliver heartfelt and convincing performances.
Plot Summary
Summary Widely hailed as one of the top ten motion pictures of the 1970s, this Western follows an entrepreneurial drifter with a hidden past. John McCabe builds a makeshift brothel and casino in a small Pacific Northwest mining town during the turn of the century who finds an unlikely a assistant in a world-weary, opium-smoking British madame. Featuring outstanding performances by Warren Beatty and Julie Christie, MCCABE AND MRS. MILLER is yet another outstanding revisionist genre film from acclaimed director Robert Altman.
Reviews
New York Times "...A lyrical and hardhearted masterpiece....Two of the best performances of [Beatty's and Christie's] careers..." 01/21/1994 p.C16
Chicago Sun-Times "...The film is a poem -- an elegy for the dead....Few film have such an overwhelming sense of location..." 11/14/1999 p.6
Entertainment Weekly "...One of Robert Altman's best....The film's real strength is its offbeat characters and their mood-drenched milieu..." 06/21/2002 p.57
USA Today "...A visual marvel..." 06/07/2002 p.6E
Empire "[T]his film is unique. Two decades before UNFORGIVEN san its elegiac refrain, Altman cast Western mythology in a new, unforgiving light." 05/01/2010
Total Film 5 stars out of 5 -- "Altman remixes western heroism to the tunes of fatalism, failure and wintry Leonard Cohen songs..." 01/01/2011
Directors
Robert Altman
Actors
Julie Christie
Warren Beatty
Cast & Crew
Julie Christie - Actor
Keith Carradine - Actor
Don Francks - Actor
Warren Beatty - Actor
William Devane - Actor
Shelley Duvall - Actor
Edmund Naughton - Based on Novel By
Vilmos Zsigmond - Cinematography
Robert Altman - Director
Leonard Cohen - Musical Score
Mitchell Brower - Producer
David Foster III - Producer
Robert Altman - Writer
Brian McKay - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1971
Catalog ID 11055
UPC 00085391105527
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 121 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
2.35:1
Awards
Oscar (1972) Julie Christie, Nominee, Best Actress
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Commentary, Director's Cut, Trailers
Quotes
VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever ...a likely classic of the genre.
Gary Arnold, The Washington Post The most important American movie since Bonnie And Clyde.
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Richly textured mood piece... Beatty is first-rate...
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