Cinema: Hawg-Tied and Saddle Sore

Chet: Mary and I are gonna get married.

Monte: How's that gonna work out, you bein' a cowboy?

Chet: I'm gonna be a hardware man.

Monte: You gonna live in town?

Chet: Nobody gets to be a cowboy forever.

Dang right, pardner. Not even the redoubtable Lee Marvin, sadly cast in the title role of Monte Walsh. He and Chet (Jack Palance) amble vaguely across Southwestern cattle country, swapping hand-rolled cigarettes and saddle-sore lines that would make a dogie bleat in an guish. Screenwriters Lukas Heller and David Goodman apparently drew their ideas from The Misfits and The Wild Bunch and hawg-tied them with early Zane...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!