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Was I the only one who found this disturbing?! I mean I appreciate her acting, and I love Marilyn. But the male lead was easily one of the most irritating I've ever seen and talk about an awful relationship.
I Agree with starlight, this was incredibly uncomfortable to watch and I was hoping in vain it wouldn't resort to the end with her going with the one dimensional chauvinistic male character,but she did, being a male myself, this was incredibly hard to watch and I walked out when she ended up with the guy. Incredibly creepy and disturbing morals.
I've never seen William Inge's Bus Stop, and after seeing the 1956 film, I still haven't. While Marilyn Munroe is good in it (she never had to prove it to me, I've always found her affecting), turning the play into a Marilyn vehicle comes at too much of a cost. The eponymous bus stop is NOT where most of the action takes place, and instead we see the "courtship" of showgirl Cherie and naive (insane) cowboy Bo (Don Murray) without comparison or contrast with the play's two other couples. So I don't know what Bus Stop is really about because this third paints an incomplete picture. And it's a picture that looks terrible to modern eyes. I'm not kidding about Bo being insane. He has never seen a woman in his life, and when he decides he needs one, he literally ropes her like a steer and will not hear her when she says she doesn't want to marry him. It's a kidnapping. And though this insufferable man-child is eventually forced away from Cherie by other characters, it still wants to be a romance and end like romances do. We get a sense of a woman brow-beaten and broken, but the movie doesn't make that point. Nor does it sell this couple as a viable one. I'm still happy to watch Marilyn in everything she's in, but the sexual politics of this one are hard to swallow.
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This movie ranks #128 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
This movie ranks #521 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?