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Misfits [Import]

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It was the last roundup for Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe, who gave their final performances in this melancholy modern Western. Arthur Miller wrote the script (some say overwrote) as a contemplation of his then-wife, Monroe, and set the piece in the half-world of Reno, Nevada. The dangers of this kind of meta-fictional approach are not entirely avoided, but the clean, clear-eyed direction of John Huston keeps the film grounded. And then there are the people: Gable a warrior past his time, Monroe overwhelmed by the world and its attentions, Montgomery Clift visibly broken in pieces, Eli Wallach a postwar neurotic. If the encroaching mortality of Gable, Monroe, and Clift weren't enough, the stark photography and Alex North's score confirm this as a film about loss. It may have its problems, but seen at a distance of many years, The Misfits scatters its tender mercies with an aching beauty. --Robert Horton

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5.0 out of 5 stars Monroe at her best July 7 2004
Format:DVD
In "The Misfits," Arthur Miller creates an atmosphere which seeps directly into the viewer's bones...
Dark, depressing, gloomy, and filmed in black and white, works beautifully.
Monroe, Gable, Clift, Wallach, and even the Mustangs all search for their place among the elements.
From bar to bar they go, drinking, flirting, drinking... did I say drinking?
They all want Monroe, but she doesn't know what she wants...just
to take care of somebody, just to be loved, just to be left alone. (Sounds familiar) she was cast perfectly.
An unbelievably powerful scene is ...
when Monroe does not want the men to catch the Mustangs for dog food...she runs in the middle of the desert, screaming, yelling, crying, tossing the sand in the air...
"Leave them alone, let them be. Why are you doing this? They want to be free. Please. Please. Leave them alone."
The viewer will be there...
feeling, lifting whatever passion they may have too, letting it go, letting it go...
because without freedom or direction.... one has nothing, the characters had nothing, the mustangs with their hoofs tied, had nothing.
When Monroe screams like a mad woman, we all scream with her...
For any wrong ever done, any lonliness we ever had, any love we never recieved.
***Note***A must watch for Monroe's performance alone!
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3.0 out of 5 stars THE MISFITS April 17 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
There has been a hullaballoo about this movie for decades. It was one of Marilyn Monroe's movies that I had never seen. Being in B&W was a detriment, but the movie did not live up to its reputation, or maybe, I just don't Arthur Miller's works.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marilyn's best role Aug. 1 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Also the last appearance of Clark Gable and one of the last of Monty Clift. One of my ten best film of alkl time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Beats wages, don't it?" Oct. 6 2008
By Kona TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
As the story opens, Roslyn (Marilyn Monroe) has just arrived in Reno to get a quickie divorce. She meets Guido (Eli Wallach), a sensitive mechanic and his pal Gay (Clark Gable), an aging cowboy. Both men fall in love with the beautiful, child-like blonde, and she ends up living with Gay in Guido's house. The men take Roslyn out the desert to go "mustangin'," but she's horrified when she learns the purpose of their trip.

This story is about four aimless and rather pathetic people who have nothing to do and no place to do it in. They're just drifting through life and for a short time, they drift together. Gable is outstanding as the rugged old cowpoke who still wants a woman's touch. He takes manly command of every scene and is charisma personified. Wallach's role is less flashy but still powerful and touching. Montgomery Clift plays a rodeo cowboy who's been kicked in the head one too many times. He doesn't get to do much but he's still sweet and likeable. Marilyn is, well, Marilyn, still delivering her lines in that breathy, little-girl voice. Only occasionally does she break through and become a real person; mostly she over-emotes and poses prettily.

Filmed in black and white in a mostly barren desert, the movie is grim and depressing and doesn't let up for a minute. (Animal lovers' note: The "mustangin'" scenes of wild horses being roped and hog-tied are extremely cruel and hard to watch.) I'm glad I got to see Gable and Monroe in their last performances; this is a thoughtful character study of four achingly lonely people.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Marilyn's most seemingly realistic role June 17 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This movie seems to have followed her temporary relationships, but most haunting to me was the scene where Clark Gable says "Wer'e going home now" and they drive into the night as they admire the stars, it's like a huge ironic symbol or just an ironic METEPHORICAL way of them saying goodbye to life and filmmaking...just see it and you'll understand. It was amazing how good Marilyn looked, 35 in this movie and she looked 26, literally. It was a nice movie and I recommend it to all Marilyn fans and to all who say she can't act seriously, watch this movie and take that!
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3.0 out of 5 stars WHAT???????? June 11 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
iT's truly sad that Marilyn left us with a movie she wasn't particularly proud of and hated making...but it was still a fun movie, but acting is acting and if she decided to make it already, why not give it you're all!?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gable and Monroe's last film March 17 2004
Format:DVD
Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Montgomery Cliff, John Huston, and Arthur Miller. This should have been one of the best films ever made. That being said, it was a slight disapointment. It is a good film, but not up to the caliber of the cast, director and writer. But it is a film worth watching, a classic. It has a melancholy feel to it, but it is about the last chance of three disillusioned characters. Well worth watching. No extras on the dvd.
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5.0 out of 5 stars JUDY GARLAND HATED IT Sept. 7 2003
Format:DVD
... she felt that Miller exposed his wife unmercifully... I can hardly disagree with her. After reading numerous biogrophies about Marilyn; she really seems 2 be playing a variation of herself.
The film is a masterpiece; all the actors give ace performances - it i s a KEY film for the lonelyhearts... The film makes u feel that U ARE NOT ALONE in having depressing feelings and the script put it in words several times what might be difficult for a person 2 express. Nevertheless; Judy was right! Marilyn shines and performs with NO safety net whatsoever...
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