McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)

Rated R but only for a few awful utterances…and very few of the worst kind.

It’s way past time we talked about a Robert Altman classic and his pokey-paced anti-western is a tremendous choice for our 385th episode. McCabe & Mrs. Miller has the beautiful duo of Warren Beatty and Julie Christie doing an excellent job of heading up an eclectic cast. Beatty is the drunk, muttering, vulnerable beta (who’s got poetry in him) while Christie is the stern, Cockney-spewing alpha (and the real power in this power couple). This film goes against the typical grain of a western, partly because of the audio mix and the unusual look, but also because John McCabe is far from an old-fashioned hero of the old west. So skulk around town and shoot people in the back (which was probably closer to the truth than most shoot-outs) as we gab about Altman’s odd film that truly holds up.

Well, Actually: Julie Christie of course also has a cameo as herself in Nashville and we both liked her in Away From Her enough that we might even cover that picture one day. And on February 14, 2022, we did.

Sparkplug Coffee would probably not be a great mix with John’s booze or Constance’s drugs, but Sparkplug’s glorious grounds don’t need any help anyway. If you dig on discounts, you’ll get 20% worth of one by using our promo code (“top100project”) at checkout.

We drop the occasional tweet: @moviefiend51 and @bevellisellis

Ryan also does some gabbing about sports flicker shows over on Scoring At The Movies


Coming Attractions Trivia Answers: ??? and ??? and ??? + probably ???

Rotten Tomatoes reviews

AFI’s Top 100 Lists

National Film Registry in 2010

1971 Box Office

1971 Academy Award winners & nominees

Easy Riders, Raging Bulls book on Wikipedia

Links to: High Noon and The Searchers and MASH and Nashville and Doctor Zhivago and Bonnie And Clyde and Jaws and Bugsy and First Cow

Previously on The Ellises’ Analysis: The Public Enemy

March 22nd on The Ellises’ Analysis: Legally Blonde

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