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Cat Ballou (1965)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance, Western | 24 June 1965 (USA)
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A young schoolteacher turns into an outlaw to avenge her murdered father.

Director:

Elliot Silverstein

Writers:

Walter Newman (screenplay), Frank Pierson (screenplay) (as Frank R. Pierson) | 1 more credit »
Won 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Lee Marvin ... Shelleen / Strawn
Jane Fonda ... Cat Ballou
Michael Callan ... Clay Boone
Dwayne Hickman ... Jed
Nat 'King' Cole ... Shouter / Sunrise Kid (as Nat King Cole)
Stubby Kaye ... Shouter / Sam the Shade
Tom Nardini Tom Nardini ... Jackson Two-Bears
John Marley ... Frankie Ballou
Reginald Denny ... Sir Harry Percival
Jay C. Flippen ... Sheriff Cardigan
Arthur Hunnicutt ... Butch Cassidy
Bruce Cabot ... Sheriff Maledon
Burt Mustin ... Accuser
Paul Gilbert Paul Gilbert ... Train Messenger
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Cat(herine) Ballou's family farm is being threatened by the Rail Road. She sends for Kid Shelleen, finding him to be the drunkest gunfighter in the west. When her father is killed by the rail road magnate's gunman, she vows to fight on. Shelleen manages to ride sideways in several scenes, while minstrels sing the ballad of Cat Ballou in between scenes. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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It's That Way-Out Whopper Of A Funny Western...A She-Bang To End All She-Bangs! See more »


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According to Jane Fonda, production moved at a brisk pace - "It seemed we'd never do two takes unless the camera broke down. The producers had us working overtime day after day, until one morning Lee Marvin took me aside. 'Jane,' he said, 'we are the stars of this movie. If we let the producers walk all over us, if we don't stand up for ourselves, you know who suffers most? The crew. The guys who don't have the power we do to say, 'Sh*t, no, we're workin' too hard.' You have to get some backbone, girl. Learn to say no when they ask you to keep working.'" See more »

Goofs

The two men who sing and play the banjo in the beginning of the film are quite obviously not playing their instruments. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Professor Sam The ShadeThe Sunrise Kid: [singing] Well now friends just lend an ear for you're now about to hear the Ballad of Cat Ballou.
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Crazy Credits

The opening Columbia logo is followed by the first verse of the "Cat Ballou" song, sung by the Shouters Nat 'King' Cole and Stubby Kaye as a prologue. See more »

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Referenced in A Natural Born World-Shaker: Making 'Cool Hand Luke' (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

The Ballad of Cat Ballou
(uncredited)
Written by Mack David and Jerry Livingston
Performed by Stubby Kaye & Nat 'King' Cole
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Entertaining and funny western with agreeable comedy
26 June 2005 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The movie concerns about a school teacher (Jane Fonda) become bandit who to avenge her father's (John Marley) death forms an outlaws' group constituted by a motley and butcher team ( Michael Callan , Tom Nardini and others). Later on , she engages a boozy gunfighter interpreted by Lee Marvin and they 'll take on the villains and nasties ( led by Reginald Denny) that have a hired gun , a murderer with an artificial nose ( also played by Marvin).

It's a bemusing western with adjusted runtime where there are humor ,tongue-in-cheek , spoof , irony, shootouts , it is fast moving and for that reason isn't boring but funny . Lee Marvin won a deserved Oscar Academy Award for his double playing as a drunken and sympathetic cowboy and his twin , an odious and ominous killer , he is the best . The support cast is awesome , thus appears the habitual secondary from Western : J.C.Flippen , Arthur Hunnicut and Bruce Cabot . Frank de Vol (usual musician of Robert Aldrich) soundtrack is jolly and lively . Nat King Cole and Stubby Kaye play splendidly two singing minstrels . The film is well directed by Elliot Silverstein , he posteriorly will attain great success with ¨A man called horse¨. Rating: Good and nice. Well worth seeing.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 June 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cat Ballou See more »

Filming Locations:

Custer County, Colorado, USA See more »

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Gross USA:

$20,666,667
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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