History Film / McCabeAndMrsMiller

23rd Jun '16 1:18:07 AM gewunomox
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The film seeks to defy as many of the genre's clichés as possible, being one of the most notable [[{{Deconstruction}} "revisionist Westerns"]]. Life in town is portrayed as dirty and unadventurous, and [=McCabe=] eventually becomes just an obstacle to be shot out of the way by a company wanting to buy property for cheap, with the movie making clear what happens when "little businesses" cross the path of big ones, as well as the role of small middle-of-nowhere frontier towns in society's bigger picture. As mentioned above, it replaces the classic sunny desert setting with a bleak snow-filled landscape and drives the point home with a soundtrack by none other than Creator/LeonardCohen. Needless to say, it is gloomy and cynical, but considered by many to be one of the finest movies of TheSeventies.

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The film seeks to defy as many of the genre's clichés as possible, being one of the most notable [[{{Deconstruction}} "revisionist Westerns"]]. Life in town is portrayed as dirty and unadventurous, and [=McCabe=] eventually becomes just an obstacle to be shot out of the way by a company wanting to buy property for cheap, with the movie making clear what happens when "little businesses" cross the path of big ones, as well as the role of small middle-of-nowhere frontier towns in society's bigger picture. As mentioned above, it replaces the classic sunny desert setting with a bleak snow-filled landscape and drives the point home with a soundtrack by none other than Creator/LeonardCohen.Music/LeonardCohen. Needless to say, it is gloomy and cynical, but considered by many to be one of the finest movies of TheSeventies.
2nd Jun '16 10:47:09 PM Morgenthaler
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* BlondGuysAreEvil: "The Kid", one of the bounty hunters hired to kill [=McCabe=]. He challenges an unarmed character played by Creator/KeithCarradine (in his film debut) to a gunfight and shoots him in cold blood.
2nd May '16 4:00:23 AM Mdumas43073
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[[caption-width-right:325:Not your typical Western protagonists.]]

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[[caption-width-right:325:Not [[caption-width-right:300:Not your typical Western protagonists.]]
6th Apr '16 4:11:54 PM Ezclee4050
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* BitchInSheepsClothing: Sheehan, the saloon keeper, seems affable and down-to-earth at first but we quickly see he's a cowardly backstabber.
6th Apr '16 3:58:46 PM Ezclee4050
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* DownerEnding: [=McCabe=] dies, cold, quiet and alone, whilst the rest of Presbyterian Church attends to other business. Things aren't exactly peachy for Miller, either.

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* DownerEnding: [=McCabe=] dies, cold, quiet and alone, whilst the rest of Presbyterian Church attends to other business. Things aren't exactly peachy for Miller, either.[[note]]Interestingly, the novel's ending is slightly less bleak. [=McCabe=] dies in Mrs. Miller's arms, and she avenges his death by killing Sheehan[[/note]]
6th Apr '16 3:32:15 PM Ezclee4050
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* PyrrhicVillainy: [[spoiler:Butler mortally wounds [=McCabe=] but leaves him alive long enough to get mortally wounded himself.]]
5th Apr '16 11:47:08 PM Ezclee4050
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* MailOrderBride: Bart Coyle's wife, Ida.



* SoundtrackDissonance: The gentle, slightly mournful, "Sisters of Mercy" plays over some of the more distressing scenes.

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The gentle, slightly mournful, "Sisters of Mercy" plays over some of the more distressing scenes.scenes.
** A music box version of "Silent Night" plays when [[spoiler:Bart Coyle gets beaten to death, forcing Ida to start working for Mrs. Miller.]]
5th Apr '16 11:26:36 PM Ezclee4050
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* ADateWithRosiePalms: "I'm paying you boys 15 cents an hour after you've been in them mines all day so you'll have something to do besides go home and play with Mary Five Fingers!"

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* ADateWithRosiePalms: "I'm paying payin' you boys 15 cents an hour after you've been in them goddamn mines all day so so's you'll have something to do at night besides go home and play with Mary Five Fingers!"
5th Apr '16 11:20:46 AM Ezclee4050
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* ADateWithRosiePalms: "I'm paying you boys 15 cents an hour after you've been in them mines all day so you'll have something to do besides go home and play with Mary Five Fingers!"
23rd Feb '16 2:45:57 PM Mdumas43073
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* LaserGuidedKarma: The blonde punk kills the unarmed Keith Carradine character in cold blood after catching him off guard just for kicks. In the film's climax McCabe kills the blonde punk by shooting him in the back, catching him off guard. May count as a KarmicDeath.

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* LaserGuidedKarma: The blonde punk kills the unarmed Keith Carradine character in cold blood after catching him off guard just for kicks. In the film's climax McCabe climax, [=McCabe=] kills the blonde punk by shooting him in the back, catching him off guard. May count as a KarmicDeath.
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