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THE MISFITS

Director: JOHN HUSTON

124 minutes, U.S.A., 1961, Black and White, D-Cinema


This film was released on Friday 12th June 2015 and is no longer screening. 

★★★★★ The Daily Telegraph ★★★★★ The Independent (UK)

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After being plagued with production problems, many of which revolved around the alcohol, drug, relationship and health issues of its cast, The Misfits was the last film both Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable completed in their lifetimes, and, given that Montgomery Clift passed just five years after it was released, the film has garnered a morbid reputation as something of a curse. It deserves higher regard; Arthur Miller’s script, adapted from his own short story, is sophisticated and perceptive, while John Huston enthuses the film with characteristic verve.

In Reno, Nevada, Gay Langland (Gable) and his best friend Guido (Eli Wallach) are aging cowboys who have a notion they’ll make a killing rounding up wild horses and selling them on. They rope in rodeo rider Perce Howland (Clift) to help, but all their heads are turned by the presence of divorcée Roslyn Tabor (Monroe), who is looking for a release after the end of her unhappy marriage.(Notes by Michael Hayden)

The Misfits will be one of the films discussed by our panel at The Critical Take, on June 30th at 18.30.

Don’t forget we now schedule weekly.

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