Monte Walsh (1970) - Rotten Tomatoes

Monte Walsh (1970)




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After losing his job at a ranch, an old cowboy finds that he is one of the last of a dying breed and decides to settle down. His friend and fellow cowboy tries to make a go of it too but realizes that the range is a part of him.


Lee Marvin
as Monte Walsh
Jeanne Moreau
as Martine Bernard
Mitch Ryan
as Shorty
Mitchell Ryan
as Shorty Austin
Ray Guth
as Sunfish
John R. McKee
as Petey Williams
Michael Conrad
as Dally Johnson
Tom Heaton
as Sugar Wyman
G.D. Spradlin
as Hat Henderson
Ted Gehring
as Skimpy Eagans
Bo Hopkins
as Jumpin' Joe Joslin
Matt Clark
as Rufus Brady
John McLiam
as Fightin' Joe Hooker
Billy Green Bush
as Powder Kent
Raymond Guth
as Sunfish Perkins
Eric Christmas
as Col. Wilson
Jack Colvin
as Card Cheat
Roy Barcroft
as Saloon Proprietor
Thomas Heaton
as Sugar Wyman
Frank Green
as Bit part (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Monte Walsh

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1)

as lovely a Western as I've seen in a long time... The movie is rough but it is almost always tender.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Sporting a handsome cast and imbued with the right touch of technical appropriations, it's a rather humble offering following on the footsteps of iconic juggernauts of the genre.

October 20, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Less a plot-driven Western oater, Monte Walsh is more a slow-moving but satisfying contemplation on the end days of the cowboy life.

May 30, 2011 | Rating: 4/5

The elegaic Western paints a bleak picture of the Old West coming to an end and of a group of cowboys desperately trying to hold onto an era.

July 31, 2008 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Marvin and Palance well cast in tale of has been cowboys meeting changes in Old West.

January 1, 2008 | Rating: 4/5

Because the filmmakers realized it was dull, they livened it up with cliches from more conventional westerns. There is a saloon fight and a bunkhouse brawl and a chase and: even a final gundown. The last low key and unconvincing.

November 20, 2003 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Monte Walsh

Lee Marvin and Jack Palance are middle-aged ranch hands struggling to make a living in a rapidly changing world. Corporations are buying up huge tracts of land and fencing them in, driving open-range cowboys, like Marvin and Palance, to near extinction. There is an abundance of 'western' staples to be found here, things like saloon girls and poker games and bar room brawls and gunfights. Marvin's portrayal of Monte Walsh is solid. He's the quintessential, hard-living, hard-loving cowboy decked out with chaps and spurs and, in the end, fighting for all that is right and decent. Good film, great western.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

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