Paint Your Wagon (Widescreen)
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Marvin and Eastwood play gold prospectors in the 1800's who are married to the same woman. Songs include They Call the Wind Mariah and I Talk to the Trees.
Release Date: 28-MAR-2006
Media Type: DVD
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Cast aside any moral timidity and simply have fun watching this entertaining, rowdy film. Lee Marvin is a hoot as drunken, pretentious Ben Rumson--Clint Eastwood totally in over his head as the more down-to-earth 'Pardner.' Both actors share some memorable moments as they "partner up" on everything they own: including Ben's wife, Elizabeth (Jean Seberg, whose untimely death following the film's release was indeed tragic).
The supporting cast, including Ray Walston and Tom Ligon, is outstanding; the "music"--if you can call it that--is uneven and very forgettable (with the glowing exception of "They Call the Wind Maria," sung by Harve Presnell). From brothels to bulls and bears, from gold dust to greed and lust, pull up a chair and let PAINT YOUR WAGON haul you away to No Name City.
The movie has some flaws, like Jean Seberg, the unbelievably corny man who sings "They Call the Wind Maria" in an operatic voice, the ending isn't too satisfying either - but everything else is fantastic.
The musical score is great. I heard (can't swear to it) that it's from the same composer who wrote the score for "My Fair Lady". Clint Eastwood and Lee Marvin are no professional singers, but I can't imagine anyone else but Eastwood singing "Gold Fever", or anyone but Marvin singing "I Was Born Under a Wondering Star", two personal favourites of mine.
You can't miss the hypocritical Parson, the wonderful No Name City where the story unfolds, the deeply religious boy who is "corrupted" by Marvin, his friendship with Eastwood's character, the wittiness and humour of the dialogues...It's all as good as it gets.
And, like Mary Poppins (another musical), it's a movie with a deeply subversive and irreverent underlying message, only "Mary..." was more about challenging authority and thinking for yourself, no matter what your age is - while this movie is more in the lines of challenging society's moral rules about relationships and marriage, and about how there can be deep tenderness between straight men. Now that homophobia is luckily not the norm anymore and same sex love can be depicted on film, just making a movie where there is so much, and so touching a friendship between two men, is almost bizarrely original and fresh.
In the gold-mining town of "No Name City"(Clint gets a name in this one but the town doesn't),Ben Rumson(Lee Marvin) and "Pardner"(Clint Eastwood)have a 50/50 relationship all the way. They split the gold they find, they pay each other's debt's off, and pick each other up from druken stupors. Pardner seems to be doing most of the work on that end of things though!
The town is filled with burly men, who haven't seen a woman in quite a while...That is until some Morman's come to town. The husband has one more wife than he needs and auctions Elizabeth(Jean Seberg) off to the men. The winner? Ben Rumson of course. But partners share everything you know...so Ben, Pardner, and Elizabeth become a trio.They just seem to fit right into this town without scruples.
The raucous action, the laughs and the wonderful music by Lerner and Lowe,Andre Previn, and even the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, are non-stop.There's the kidnapping of prostitutes to "improve" the town,a scheme hatched to collect lost gold,and a religious family comes to town that leads to some hilarious situations, and may change the whole atmosphere of the bawdy town.Some of the marvelous songs you'll be treated to(and may be humming for a couple of days after) are "Paint Your Wagon","No Name City", "I Talk to The Trees"(sung by none other then Eastwood himself), and "Born Under a Wandrin Star"(sung by Marvin)...Okay so Clint and Lee's vocal stylings are not my reason for giving 5 stars to this film!But you will be mesmerized by Harve Presnell's beautiful rendition of "They Call the Wind Mariah"!Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Very easy to order and arrived in good. time! Also a great selection of the old classics from my childhood! Thank you so much!Published 3 days ago by Val
I love the music, the story, the rain, the characters, the over the top humour, and especially Lee Marvin and his wandering star. Read morePublished 7 months ago by blackrock woman
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