The Ballad of Cable Hogue

directed by Sam Peckinpah
List(s):"Movie One"
Category: "Western"
Year of Release:1970
Date Added:01/17/2015
Date Watched:04/03/2016
Description:Cable Hogue (Jason Robards) is left in the desert by his two partners. He is almost dead when he stumbled upon water halfway between two towns. He sets up a stage stop and becomes rich charging for water and food. He befriends Joshua (David Warner), a randy preacher and falls in love with Hildy (Stella Stevens), a prostitute from the nearby town. When she gets chased out of town, she comes to live with him for a while, but then decides she wants to go to Frisco and marry a rich man. Cable's two partners show up. He kills one, but when the other apologizes, he turns the business over to him. Hildy shows up (now a rich widow) and Cable decides to go to New Orleans with her, but then a automobile comes by and he's run over and dies.
My Rating:6

Reviews for The Ballad of Cable Hogue

Review - Ballad of Cable Hogue, The

Mildly amusing characters, but I have no idea what the point was. The ending, with Hogue getting buried and everyone riding off, seemed rushed and particularly without purpose. There was the preacher worried primarily about sex and some stuff about how the desert was all the church Hogue needed. The final line was something about how God should take notice of Cable, but if He doesn't, hell will be nothing to man who lived in the desert. I guess that may have been the point, but it was a lame one if it was.
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