The Misfits Movie Review Summary

Actors: Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Montgomery Clift, Eli Wallach, Thelma Ritter

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A frustrated Rosalyn Tabor (Marilyn Monroe) flees to Reno, Nevada to get a quickie divorce from her husband. While trying to start over and discover herself, Rosalyn befriends three older men; a mechanic, a rodeo rider, and a worn-out cowboy (played by Montgomery Clift, Eli Wallach and Clark Gable in his last screen role). While Rosalyn learns a new kind of freedom in the desert of Nevada, her idealism threatens their friendship when she witnesses what they do for a living-capturing and taming wild mustangs. This movie was written for the screen by Arthur Miller for Marilyn, whom he was married to at the time.
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The review of this Movie prepared by Amanda Goodwin

THE MISFITS is a movie written by Arthur Miller and directed by John Huston in 1961.

Reno, Nevada. Roslyn Taber is a freshly divorced beautiful young woman from Chicago when she makes the acquaintance of Guido, a pilot, and Gay, an aging cowboy. She accepts to stay a while in Guido's unfinished house in the desert and soon falls in love with Gay. On their way to a rodeo, they meet Perce Howland and ask him to help them catch wild horses in the desert. Roslyn Taber, always sensitive to people's most hidden feelings, understands that Montgomery Clift's job is more a way to run away from his family than a passion. The next day, they find some horses and chase them. Roslyn is told that, in fact, the horses are sold to a butchery and will become dog's meat. This discovery destroys the ideal world she has lived in with Gay who refuses to please Roslyn by delivering the animals.

The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

Script Analysis of The Misfits

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1960's-1970's Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Struggle with    -   (General) search for meaning/identity Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   cowboy Unmarried Love Triangle?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   artist    -   unemployed Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West Desert?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee    -   ignorant small town people Misc setting    -   resort/hotel    -   sports arena    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death    -   explicit references to torture Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing If lots of song/dance...    -   lot of dancing Is this movie based on a    -   book

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