The Ballad of Cable Hogue is a light-hearted look at the life of a fictional character named Cable Hogue (played by Jason Robards). When his partners beat him up and leave him to die in the desert, it looks like the end for Cable Hogue. But through a stroke of good luck, it isn’t. While wandering in the desert, Cable Hogue finds water that saves his life. It also turns out that the water well is right on the stagecoach line. Cable Hogue gets the rights to the well and sets up shop. Now he waits for his two ex-partners to come back through town. He knows that one day they will return to the area and he intends to get his revenge. In the meantime, Cable Hogue takes up with town prostitute Hildy (Stella Stevens). As he waits, the West as he knows it, is slowing changing around him. Directed by famed western movie director, Sam Peckinpah, The Ballad of Cable Hogue is reputed to be one of Sam Peckinpah’s own favorites. —Westernclassicmovies.com
“If they move”, hisses stern-eyed William Holden, “kill ’em”. So begins The Wild Bunch (1969), Sam Peckinpah’s bloody, high-body-count eulogy to the mythologized Old West. “Pouring new wine into the bottle of the Western, Peckinpah explodes the bottle”, observed critic Pauline Kael. That exploding bottle also christened the director with the nickname that would forever define his films and reputation: “Bloody Sam”.
David Samuel Peckinpah was born and grew up in Fresno, California, when it was still a sleepy town. Young Sam was a loner. The child’s greatest influence was grandfather Denver Church Peckinpah, a judge, congressman and one of the best shots in the Sierra Nevadas. Sam served in the Marine Corps during World War II but – to his disappointment – did not see combat. He married Marie Selland in Las Vegas in 1947 and enrolled as a theater graduate student at the University of Southern California the next year.
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faced with a situation in which he can portray particularly violent acts, this film missed out on that fantastic editing and was not at all at the same level of the previously mentioned ones. Peckinpah just seems subdued with the film, and the romance was handled awkwardly, unconvincingly. However, I did like the scenes which involved Hogue and the outlaws or Hogue and the reverend, I though they were handled very
Robards is terrific, but I have come to expect that from such a wonderful actor. Stella Stevens is fairly cringe-worthy however, and David Warner has been given a very strange role, but he handles it well, the rest of the cast is very good, but watching this the day after The Wild Bunch and thinking about films like Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid I remind my self of how much more comfortable Peckinpah seems when he is