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4.2
2,278 Ratings

McCabe & Mrs. Miller

Directed by Robert Altman
United States, 1971
Drama, Romance, Western

Synopsis

This unorthodox dream western by Robert Altman may be the most radically beautiful film to come out of the New American Cinema. It stars Warren Beatty and Julie Christie as newcomers to a raw Pacific Northwest mining town, who join forces to provide the miners with a superior whorehouse experience.

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McCabe & Mrs. Miller Directed by Robert Altman

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1972 | Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role

Viennale

1995

2003

The film is time travel, as sensually immersive as any American film of any era. The manifestation of the foggy Pacific Northwest in the 1880s (abetted famously by Vilmos Zsigmond’s pre-flashing the film stock) has the intoxicating quality of a gaslight memory, a diffuse smoky, groggy return to the past.
January 06, 2017
Altman himself called McCabe & Mrs. Miller, an adaptation of writer Edmund Naughton’s 1959 novel, an “anti-western,” a description that seems both acute and yet also something of a miscue in terms of what the film actually does. On a narrative level, it’s actually a perfect western, essaying basic themes and conflicts that run like a seam of ore through the genre canon.
April 10, 2018
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A transformative film experience. History with mystery. Beautiful, inexact, evocative, humorous, wise, wicked. A turning point in film music.
July 18, 2018
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