The Ballad of Cable Hogue Movie Review Summary

Actors: Jason Robards, Stella Stevens, David Warner, Strother Martin, Slim Pickens, L.Q. Jones

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THE BALLAD OF CABLE HOGUE was produced and directed by Sam Peckinpah in 1970.
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Cable Hogue has just been robbed and abandoned, without water, in the Nevada desert by his partners Taggart and Bowen. Four days later, on the verge of dying of thirst, Hogue discovers a spring right next to a stagecoach track. As the spring is located more than 20 miles away from the nearest town, Cable Hogue decides to buy these two acres of land and to start to sell water to the stagecoach passengers. Hogue's secret hope is that Taggart and Bowen will stop by him one day and that he could then take revenge on them.

Cable Hogue will be helped in his business by the local banker, by Joshua Douglas Sloan, a preacher more interested in women than in sermons, and above all by Hildy, a prostitute who comes to live with him when she's expelled from the town. Cable and Hildy are happy for a while but Hildy decides then to go to San Francisco to make a fortune while Hogue is still waiting for his revenge. A few months later, Taggart and Bowen finally reappear and Cable Hogue is more than ready to take revenge on them.

The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1900-1920's Crime & Scandal    -   Yes Taboo Sex Story?    -   Yes Kind of sex:    -   main character serviced by a prostitute Vigilante/Revenge?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   small businessman Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West Desert?    -   Yes Desert:    -   dying of thirst, sunburn

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   touching of personal anatomy    -   seeing breasts    -   seeing nude female butt

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