The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)
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Seriously underrated western gem!
The Ballad of Cable Hogue, may just be my very favorite Pekinpah movie. I've been trying to come up with a satisfying summary, but it defies description. It's a western, it's a religious allegory, it's slapstick, sexy romantic comedy, tragedy, tone poem, morality play, almost-musical... Jason Robards is excellent in it, and David Warner's lascivious preacher has got to be seen to be believed. The main song will stick in my head for a looooong time yet, and I had to rewatch the editing on the final sequence 4 or 5 times, just because of how masterful it was. I'll again admit to bawling like a baby, but that's just what powerful aesthetic experiences do to me.
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This movie ranks #56 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
This movie ranks #451 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films: 1001-2000
This movie ranks #484 in Emma Beare's 501 Must-See Movies