Cat Ballou

Cat Ballou

DVD - 2000
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When her father is murdered by a powerful businessman, a woman hires a has-been gunfighter to help her gain revenge.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Columbia TriStar Home Video, 2000
ISBN: 9780767848992
Branch Call Number: DVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (96 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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May 25, 2019

This Western-style chick-flick from 1965 doesn't cut the mustard in its predominately male genre where the fluffy Jane Fonda, as the title character, only bogs the story down with her light-weight performance.

Apr 25, 2019

A western/comedy starring Jane Fonda and Lee Marvin. It's an okay film and it had its moments, but I've watched better.

Dec 06, 2018

" Western " .

Nov 02, 2018

GOOD 1965 western movie - fun to see Jane Fonda in her role - even more Lee Marvin as whack drunk gunfighter. Overall, the film itself was a bit light, but an enjoyable period watch.

May 30, 2018

And, as the "behind-the-scenes" story goes - In order to meet the rigid deadline of a tight budget - "Cat Ballou" was shot in just 28 days (which is why the story has such a "rushed" feel to it).

Containing every Western-movie cliche in the book (and then some) - This 1965 picture stars sweet and delicate sex-kitten, Jane Fonda (28 at the time) who adequately plays the title character of a "good-girl-turned-outlaw" in order to avenge the cold-blooded murder of her dear, dead dad.

Set in the fictitious "Old West" town of (lawless) Wolf City, Wyoming - This Western spoof was pretty light-weight stuff where its course of events were all completely forgotten even before the final credits rolled by.

I think CAT BALLOU plucks a mystic chord of memory for people who came of age in the 1960s. That's the only thing that makes sense as to why some rave about what a terrific picture it is. Because it is not. Yes, Lee Marvin's Kid Shelleen is well played. But how many movies must we see where a drunken gunfighter regains his true grit? A youthful Jane Fonda can't anchor this picture. The serenading banjos of Nate King Cole and Stubby Kaye are an interesting feature, but most of the time I found my mind drifting off in the direction of BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID, another Western that has "Hole-in-the-Wall" as a setting, and how much the country changed between 1965 and 1969.

Jan 30, 2017

Just watched this for the first time and was pretty disappointed with it.
I suppose if you find drunk shtick funny ,you'll love Lee Marvin's performance.
I never cared for it back in the sixties (Dean when he wasn't singing and Foster Brooks all the time) and still don't.

Jan 16, 2015

Lee Marvin got an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in this wonderful musical comedy. The music is supplied mostly by Nat King Cole and Stubby Kaye,, who just appear in scene breaks throughout the movie. Unlike some musicals, these songs are great. I recommend taking the CD of "Cat Ballou" out for your listening enjoyment. The script is funny and the cast is great as well. It is headed up by Jane Fonda, who hires Lee Marvin to help her as a hired gun. I won't ruin the movie by telling you more. It is a fun movie with a great musical soundtrack!

Nov 01, 2014

Lee Marvin portrays the "ham", as in decades of western-cowboy-ham-acting humorously well in the 1965 parody that is still fun in the 21st century. See a rare portrayal of a Virgin Jane character. See Nat King Cole singing through his last movie role in life aided by Stubby Kaye, a face seen in many character parts of that age.

Aug 20, 2014

A number of aspects raise this above the level of a mere western rom-com and make it a classic.

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