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The Misfits (1961)



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Arthur Miller scripted this tale of a recently divorced, one-time stripper (Marilyn Monroe) who begins a relationship with a down-on-his-luck cowboy (Clark Gable). The man, with his partners (Montgomery Clift, Eli Wallach), works at odd-jobs and looks for "misfits" (wild horses too small for any real work) to be ground up into dog food. The stripper, who is surprisingly idealistic, demands that no man of hers will do such a thing, and the two soon have a showdown.

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Clark Gable
as Gay Langland
Marilyn Monroe
as Roslyn Taber
Montgomery Clift
as Perce Howland
Eli Wallach
as Guido Dellini
Thelma Ritter
as Isabelle
Kevin McCarthy
as Raymond Taber
Philip Mitchell
as Charles Steers
James Barton
as Old Man in Bar
Dennis Shaw
as Young Boy in Bar
Estelle Winwood
as Church Lady
Denis Shaw
as Young Boy in Bar
Walter Ramage
as Old Groom
Peggy Barton
as Young Bride
J. Lewis Smith
as Fresh Cowboy in Bar
Bobby La Salle
as Bartender
Ryall Bowker
as Man in Bar
Ralph Roberts
as Ambulance Driver
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Critic Reviews for The Misfits

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (10)

Talent, controversy and accident have combined to make The Misfits an unusually interesting film if not an outstandingly good one.

March 21, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Gable has never done anything better on the screen, nor has Miss Monroe. Gable's acting is vibrant and lusty, hers true to the character as written by Miller.

January 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Against all odds, [Monroe] gives an extraordinary performance.

June 18, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Looks even starker and more jarringly isolated today than it did in 1961.

June 14, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

John Huston's latter-day western exerts a doomy, morbid fascination that goes beyond what we see on the screen.

June 12, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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A gripping and messy ode to the collision of genres, time periods, and personalities.

June 12, 2015 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for The Misfits


A film most famous for its on-set turmoil, The Misfits marks a tragic period in film history: it was both Marilyn Monroe' and Clark Gable's last film before their respective deaths, and Monty Cliff had just come off of facial reconstruction surgery following his horrific car accident -- not to mention Huston's well documented alcoholism and the imploding marriage between Monroe and Arthur Miller. When reading about all of the behind-the-scenes problems, one has to marvel that the film even got made. For me, any film that attempts to demystify the myth of the "Old West" will always be judged against the paramount example of that theme, Midnight Cowboy. To that end, The Misfits falls flat in comparison. Monroe's character's moral compass is broadly drawn and shallow, as are the half-baked themes of individual responsibility and class stratification. Huston's direction, as usual, is smart and lean, but that's about it.

Jonathan Hutchings
Jonathan Hutchings

Super Reviewer

The struggle of flawed individuals to find a righteous modus vivendi in an unfair and indifferent world. A sense of unity despite the suffering and hopelessness among the characters touches the heart, even more when you know the actors' lives were mirroring what happens in the screen. They were also heading towards the end, and seemed to be accepting that idea, with heartrending melancholy and not without reluctancy.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

This movie is about despair. Despair at the passing of a way of life. Despair at disappointed hopes and dreams. Despair at the loss of a loved one, either through death, divorce or disinterest. Knowing that going in and you don't mind downbeat films there are some really moving performances from a cast full of legends.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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