Will Penny

Directed By: Tom Gries Starring: Charlton Heston

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Will penny, an ageing cowpoke, takes a job on a ranch which requires him to ride the line of the property looking for trespassers or, worse, squatters. He finds that his cabin in the high mountains has been appropriated by a woman whose guide to oregon has deserted her and her son.


Studio Paramount
SKU 40167748
UPC 097360672343
UPC 14 00097360672343
Format DVD
Release Date 4/11/2006
Rating NR
Love Story
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Charleton Heston, alongside an extraordinary supporting cast, gives a fine performance in this excellent example of the "loner" western. He is Will Penny, an aging cowboy, whose never-ending quest for work is interrupted by Quint (Donald Pleasance), a maniacal preacher, and his two sons. After Will kills one of Quint's sons during a scuffle, Quint vows revenge and returns to keep his word. Meanwhile, Will finds unexpected love in the form of Catherine (Joan Hackett), who is en route to California to meet her husband. Director Tom Gries's effective screenplay emphasizes the hopelessness and loneliness of the Old West over action and heroics.
Plot Summary
Summary Will Penny is an inarticulate cattlehand who has roamed the western plains alone for most of his years. When he meets a radiant young woman traveling to the West Coast to join her new husband, he falls hopelessly in love with her. These new feelings force Will, in his halting way, to acknowledge the previous emptiness of his own life. And although the woman is willing to forsake her husband for Will's love, the cowpoke's confrontation with a crazed preacher and his three violent sons threatens to keep the lovers from ever finding happiness together.
USA Today "...[An] unjustly neglected cult Western....[Heston] is relaxed, almost natural, and overall quite good..." 08/11/1989 p.3D
Tom Gries
Charlton Heston
Cast & Crew
Anthony Zerbe - Actor
Ben Johnson - Actor
Bruce Dern - Actor
Charlton Heston - Actor
Donald Pleasence - Actor
G.D. Spradlin - Actor
Joan Hackett - Actor
Lee Majors - Actor
Slim Pickens - Actor
Tom Gries - Director
Lucien Ballard - Director of Photography
Warren Low - Editor
David Raskin - Musical Score
Walter Seltzer - Producer
Fred Engel - Producer
Tom Gries - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1968
Catalog ID 067234
UPC 00097360672343
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 109 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed
DVD, Widescreen, Dolby, English, Mono Audio, French
Product Attributes
Actor Heston,Charlton
Label Paramount Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide One of the best films on the cowboy/loner ever to come out of Hollywood.
The Motion Picture Guide Heston turns in a superb performance...
Halliwell's Film Guide Realistically spare, laconic, uncomforting western...
VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever Superbly directed...excellent cinematography and professional, realistic portrayals.

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