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Paint Your Wagon1969

Paint Your Wagon (1969)




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After a debut on Broadway in 1951, Paramount spent an estimated 17 to 20 million dollars in production costs for this Lerner and Loewe musical. With Loewe's permission, Lerner wrote five additional tunes for the film with Andre Previn. Ben Rumson (Lee Marvin) is the grizzled prospector trying his luck panning for gold in California. Pardner (Clint Eastwood) is his companion. When Ben buys a woman from a Mormon, Elizabeth (Jean Seberg) expects equal rights for her gender and chooses to live with both men. Ben and Pardner tunnel under the boomtown to gather the fallen gold dust that has filtered through the cracks of the saloon and other places. The musical comedy features 13 songs, the most recognizable being "They Call The Wind Maria". The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band helps out on the song "Hand Me Down That Can O' Beans". Both Clint Eastwood and Lee Marvin are given a chance to show their vocal ability (or lack of it) in several songs. The initial release fell far short of regaining the millions put into the production, and most critics dipped their pens in poison to pan the picture -- though the film plays better than the critics would lead anyone to believe. Many jumped on the Paint Your Wagon smear campaign after the film proved to be not nearly as successful as other musicals.

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Lee Marvin
as Ben Rumson
Jean Seberg
as Elizabeth
Harve Presnell
as Rotten Luck Willie
Ray Walston
as Mad Jack Duncan
Tom Ligon
as Horton Fenty
William O'Connell
as Horace Tabor
Alan Baxter
as Mr. Fenty
Paula Trueman
as Mrs. Fenty
H.B. Haggerty
as Steve Bull
Terry Jenkins
as Joe Mooney
Karl Bruck
as Schermerhorn
John Mitchum
as Jacob Woodling
Sue Casey
as Sarah Woodling
Harvey Parry
as Higgins
Benny Baker
as Haywood Holbrook
William Mims
as Frock-Coated Man
Roy Jenson
as Hennessey
Pat Hawley
as Clendennon
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Critic Reviews for Paint Your Wagon

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (1)

The fact is, Paint Your Wagon doesn't inspire a review. It doesn't even inspire a put-down. It just lies there in my mind - a big, heavy lump.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A mess, to be certain, but a happy and unpretentious mess that rambles along with a reckless charm.

May 15, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Logan's movie is a flop on many levels, a musical in which America's most macho actors, Clint Eastwood and Lee Marvin, are miscast and required to sing.

February 13, 2011 | Rating: D | Full Review…

The pic just collapses because there's nothing going on that matters except to watch Marvin's hammy performance.

May 17, 2009 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

This last gasp MGM musical still features enough curiousity to make it worthwhile.

July 29, 2007 | Rating: 3/5

Not as bad as some would make you believe. But I'm still not looking forward to that Clint Eastwood Sings Sinatra album.

August 8, 2002 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Paint Your Wagon


I'm not a fan of musicals, but this amiable western is full of slapstick drunken brawls and affable cowpokes, semi spoofing the genre. Imagine a romantic Cat Ballou with songs...?! Plus Lee Marvin and Clint are great together.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

Paint Your Wagon is a strange western musical which has some embarrassingly catchy tunes. What a ride!

Lafe Fredbjornson
Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer


Mildly amateurish, yet funny and interesting.

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

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