The Misfits

"Excellent"

The Misfits Review


A storied movie, written by Arthur Miller for wife Marilyn Monroe -- whom he would divorce before the film was released, The Misfits is as interesting behind the scenes as it is on the screen. Monroe is marvelous (though reportedly battling severe drug addiction during the filming), driven probably by her hatred for the weak-willed Roslyn, and Clark Gable is memorable too, as an aging cowboy who periodically heads out to the desert and the foothills to go "mustanging," rounding up wild horses... which he'll sell to a dog food company.

That last little bit tells you everything you need to know about the state of mind of everyone involved in The Misfits, all bitterness and closeted skeletons: The mustangs are beautiful from a distance, but once you know their ultimate fate, things take on a different, more morbid tone. Same thing with The Misfits, as Gable and Monroe would both be dead within a year. (Gable died 12 days after shooting wrapped.) In fact, it was the last film for both of them, a tragic conclusion to two celebrated lives. The ending of the film is monumental.

The Misfits

Facts and Figures

Run time: 124 mins

In Theaters: Wednesday 1st February 1961

Budget: $4M

Distributed by: United Artists

Production compaines: United Artists, Seven Arts Productions

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 100%
Fresh: 19

IMDB: 7.4 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: Frank E. Taylor

Starring: as Gay Langland, as Roslyn Taber, as Perce Howland, as Isabelle Steers, as Guido, James Barton as Fletcher's grandfather, as Raymond Taber, as Church lady collecting money in bar

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Aretha Franklin, Clark Gable, Chris Tucker, Gladys Knight, Lisa Marie Presley, Macaulay Culkin, Michael Jackson, Mila Kunis and Walt Disney

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