The Missouri Breaks

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United Artists Released 1976

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Director:
Arthur Penn
Released:
1976
Rating:
PG

The Missouri Breaks (1976) pairs screen legends Jack Nicholson and Marlon Brando as opposite sides of the law in an iconoclastic western with a noticeably ambiguous view of American frontier history. In the 1880s, outlaw Tom Logan leads a crew of horse thieves whose chief victim is the wealthiest rancher in the area, Braxton. Logan decides to buy a small ranch with his profits as a perfect way to hide their operation, and also tries - without too much success - to charm Braxton's daughter Jane. Tensions mount when one of the outlaws is trapped and hanged, and the gang kills Braxton's foreman in revenge. The rich rancher hires Robert E. Lee Clayton, a distinctly eccentric, but also utterly ruthless, gun-for-hire to protect his interests. Violence, tragedy and bizarre are blended in this oddball oater by ace director Arthur Penn, who also made Bonnie And Clyde and Little Big Man.

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      • The film did not have a complete script when shooting started, and writer Thomas McGuane never did come up with a satisfactory conclusion for the film. Robert Towne was called in at the last minute to provide the film with a workable ending, which he did without credit.

      • Marlon Brando and Jack Nicholson were both very highly paid for this, the only film they ever did together. It is said that Brando, at the end of each working day, would turn to Nicholson and say, "Another day, another hundred thousand dollars!"

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