Set against the backdrop of Montana’s Big Sky country, director Frank Perry’s comic Western centers on bumbling cattle rustlers Jack McKee (Jeff Bridges) and Cecil Colson (Sam Waterston). As the duo plots to poach a cattle baron’s herd, they run afoul of lawmen nearly as inept as the two thieves. Slim Pickens, Elizabeth Ashley and Harry Dean Stanton costar, with singer Jimmy Buffett (who supplies the soundtrack) making a cameo appearance.
Frank J. Perry, Jr. (August 21, 1930 – August 29, 1995) was an American stage and film director, producer and screenwriter. Frank was married to author and screenwriter Eleanor Perry (1960–1971), Barbara Goldsmith and Virginia Brush Ford.
Perry was born in New York City, of Portuguese and German ancestry, the son of Pauline (née Schwab), who worked at Alcoholics Anonymous, and Frank J. Perry, a stockbroker. His mother was a niece of Charles M. Schwab, who founded the Bethlehem Steel Corporation. As a teenager, Perry began pursuing his interest in the theater with a job as a parking lot attendant for the Westport Country Playhouse in nearby Westport, Connecticut. He attended the University of Miami. He produced several plays at Westport and then turned for a time to producing television documentaries.
A veteran of the Korean War, he returned to the entertainment industry after being discharged and made his directorial debut in 1962 with the low-budget drama film David and… read more