Directed by John Huston. US. 1961. NR. 124 minutes. MGM. Digital.
Sun., August 30, 2015
Although famous for having been the final film for two major icons of 20th century film-making, Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe, both of whom died tragically shortly after it made it to the screen, to see The Misfits today is to appreciate the fine acting displayed by all concerned. Directed by John Huston and scripted by Monroe’s then husband, Arthur Miller, this is, as the Cinebook Movie Guide has so aptly put it, “a disturbing but captivating film about modern-day cowboys who have lost their purpose in a world that has robbed them of the West that they were born into.” In addition to Gable and Monroe, the film features a supporting cast that includes Montgomery Clift, Eli Wallach, Thelma Ritter, Kevin McCarthy, and Estelle Parsons, superior actors all. But, in point of fact, Clark Gable s the one to watch, as he gives what many consider to be his finest performance in this fascinating mood-piece about the dying of the old West. (Bill Roth)