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79% Tomatometer 28 Reviews 60% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings When vigilante land baron David Braxton (John McLiam) hangs one of the best friends of cattle rustler Tom Logan (Jack Nicholson), Logan's gang decides to get even by purchasing a small farm next to Braxton's ranch. From there the rustlers begin stealing horses, using the farm as a front for their operation. Determined to stop the thefts at any cost, Braxton retains the services of eccentric sharpshooter Robert E. Lee Clayton (Marlon Brando), who begins ruthlessly taking down Logan's gang. Read More Read Less Watch on Prime Video Stream Now

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The Missouri Breaks | Rotten Tomatoes (1) Tom Milne Sight & Sound Thomas McGuane's brilliant script operates on a sort of sliding time scale, reaching back to the early pioneer days or forward to the present to illustrate the implications of this proposition. Mar 17, 2020 Full Review The Missouri Breaks | Rotten Tomatoes (2) Nick Pinkerton Village Voice A Western-as-capitalist-critique piece shanghaied by Marlon Brando's eccentric bounty hunter trying on brogues, mumus, and buckskin Nudie suits. Nov 12, 2008 Full Review The Missouri Breaks | Rotten Tomatoes (3) Variety As a film achievement it's corned beef and ham hash. Jun 24, 2008 Full Review The Missouri Breaks | Rotten Tomatoes (4) Steve Warren The Barb (Atlanta) Marlon Brando's incredibly hammy performance is enough to negate all the picture's positive aspects. May 6, 2023 Full Review The Missouri Breaks | Rotten Tomatoes (5) Nicholas Bell IONCINEMA.com The fact of the matter is, Brando's campy performance continues to enliven otherwise tepid material. As his foil, Nicholson is also enigmatic. Rated: 3/5 Oct 29, 2020 Full Review The Missouri Breaks | Rotten Tomatoes (6) Dale Pollock Santa Cruz Sentinel he Missouri Breaks is a unique film that is not necessarily a great film. Jun 16, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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KB B This was such an amazing movie with it all; drama, action, comedy and a superb storyline.Jack Nicholson was excellent as usual but Marlon Brando stole every scene he was in. It's definitely worth the watch. 4.5 stars Rated 4/5 Stars • Rated 4 out of 5 stars 10/06/23 Full Review David R Listen. I have no idea how some people including critics have given this classic with an avant- grade touch western middling reviews but I promise you that if you like Nicholson and Brando at their best in a wonderfully complex bloody movie with a great script you will have to really search to find better. It's that good. Rated 5/5 Stars • Rated 5 out of 5 stars 09/24/23 Full Review Stephen C A potentially great film ...ruined by one performanceYes Marlon Brando is terrible as the bounty Hunter in a dress talking to his horse and being fatWhat saves the film is Jack Nicholson and his gang of outlaws and Arthur Penn's directionBy this time Brando was taking paychecks and carving off more ham than your local butcher.Thank god Nicholson is great and the support cast is fantastic Rated 3/5 Stars • Rated 3 out of 5 stars 07/05/23 Full Review Olivia Y How do you actually become a film critic? Reading some of these, it can't be become they know films. This film is fascinating and the acting of the main two shows just why they are two of the best. It's right on the cusp of when westerns moved from being the formulaic 50's stuff, to a modern depiction of the true west.If you like your films straightforward and easy then this isn't for you, but there are some of us who like a challenge… Rated 4/5 Stars • Rated 4 out of 5 stars 06/20/23 Full Review Ravenswood R A lot of good stuff here is made questionable by bad choices in attempted humor and randomly timed jarring silliness. The goofy musical score is for the most part awful and does not match well to many scenes. It is a movie without any real guiding force or at times even cohesion, but for all that it was fun to watch. Much of the acting is great. Brando is good, Nicholson is good. Worth a watch for sure. Rated 3.5/5 Stars • Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 06/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Fairly good movie but lots of really foul language not family friendly at all James Welch, Henderson, Arkansas, February 7, 2023 Rated 2.5/5 Stars • Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Read all reviews

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Arthur Penn Director Marlon Brando Lee Clayton Jack Nicholson Tom Logan Randy Quaid Little Tod Kathleen Lloyd Jane Braxton Frederic Forrest Cary
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Synopsis When vigilante land baron David Braxton (John McLiam) hangs one of the best friends of cattle rustler Tom Logan (Jack Nicholson), Logan's gang decides to get even by purchasing a small farm next to Braxton's ranch. From there the rustlers begin stealing horses, using the farm as a front for their operation. Determined to stop the thefts at any cost, Braxton retains the services of eccentric sharpshooter Robert E. Lee Clayton (Marlon Brando), who begins ruthlessly taking down Logan's gang.

Director
Arthur Penn

Producer
Elliott Kastner, Robert M. Sherman

Screenwriter
Thomas McGuane

Production Co
Devon/Persky-Bright

Rating
PG

Genre
Western, Drama

Original Language
English

Release Date (Theaters)
May 19, 1976, Original

Release Date (Streaming)
Nov 30, 2016

Runtime
2h 5m
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