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770 Ratings

The Misfits

Directed by John Huston
United States, 1961
Drama, Western, Romance


A sexy divorcée falls for an over-the-hill cowboy who is struggling to maintain his romantically independent lifestyle in early-sixties Nevada.

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The Misfits Directed by John Huston

Awards & Festivals

Directors Guild of America

1962 | Nominee: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

Perhaps most rewarding of all is how the almost palpable atmosphere of pain, disappointment and ubiquitous mortality reinforces, complicates and enriches the script’s sometimes trite conception of damaged masculine souls (the ranchers and rodeo-riders played by Gable, Clift and Wallach) redeemed by their encounter with a woman (Monroe’s divorcee Roslyn).
June 12, 2015
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Miller’s rambling screenplay pushes them all together and lets the stars collide, resulting in many a tense standoff about gender roles, relationships, Western codes, and trauma… [It’s] a gripping and messy ode to the collision of genres, time periods, and personalities.
June 12, 2015
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The stunt-work in this finale, the rapturous quality of the desert light, the logistics of the chase, the overt parable of lost certainties Miller is pushing, and the peak pitch of every performance qualify this as one of the most emotionally potent action scenes ever assembled. All the misfits in this legendary cast may have spent vast chunks of their remaining stamina getting it in the can, but boy, were their efforts worth it.
June 11, 2015
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