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The Missouri Breaks

The Missouri Breaks
  • 1976
  • US
  • 126 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Arthur Penn
  • Written by: Thomas McGuane
  • Cast: Marlon Brando, Jack Nicholson, Randy Quaid, Kathleen Lloyd, Frederic Forrest, Harry Dean Stanton

Thematically similar to Michael Cimino's Heaven's Gate, this earlier Arthur Penn/Thomas McGuane collaboration details the effects of the arrival of capitalism in a frontier community. Nicholson heads a group of rustlers who are slowly brought under control by Brando (in one of his most extraordinary performances) as the 'Regulator', a chameleon-like hitman hired by the moneyed cattle barons to stamp them out.

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