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Will Penny (1968)

Director: Tom Gries     Starring: Charlton Heston
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40167748
UPC: 097360672343
UPC 14: 00097360672343
Rating: NR
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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.

"One of the best films on the cowboy/loner ever to come out of Hollywood.  Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
"Heston turns in a superb performance...  The Motion Picture Guide
"Realistically spare, laconic, uncomforting western...  Halliwell's Film Guide
"Superbly directed...excellent cinematography and professional, realistic portrayals.  VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever

Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Dolby, English, Mono Audio, French

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Paramount
Video Release Date Release Date: 4/11/2006
Video Play Time Running Time: 109 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1968
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 067234
Video UPC UPC: 00097360672343
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Anthony Zerbe
Video Cast Info Ben Johnson
Video Cast Info Bruce Dern
Video Cast Info Charlton Heston
Video Cast Info Donald Pleasence
Video Cast Info G.D. Spradlin
Video Cast Info Joan Hackett
Video Cast Info Lee Majors
Video Cast Info Slim Pickens
Video Cast Info Tom Gries - Director
Video Cast Info Lucien Ballard - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Warren Low - Editor
Video Cast Info David Raskin - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Walter Seltzer - Producer
Video Cast Info Fred Engel - Producer
Video Cast Info Tom Gries - Writer
Plot 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.

Professional Reviews

USA Today
"...[An] unjustly neglected cult Western....[Heston] is relaxed, almost natural, and overall quite good..." 08/11/1989 p.3D

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Heston,Charlton
Product attributeLabel:   Paramount Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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