The Missouri Breaks Movie Review Summary

Actors: Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando, Randy Quaid, Kathleen Lloyd, Frederic Forrest, Harry Dean Stanton, John McLiam

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THE MISSOURI BREAKS, written by Thomas McGuane, was directed by Arthur Penn (Bonnie and Clyde) in 1976.
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Tom Logan (Nicholson) and his gang are horse thieves. One of them, Sandy, has just been hanged by the rancher David Braxton. In retaliation, they hang Braxton's manager and decide to buy a ranch next to Braxton's in order to have a place to gather the horses they steal. While the rest of the gang is heading to Canada to find more horses, Tom Logan stays at the ranch and starts a romance with Braxton's daughter. But the old Braxton hires Robert E. Lee Clayton (Brando), a famous "regulator", in order to find and kill the men responsible for his foreman's death. Clayton patiently observes Logan and soon starts to kill the members of the gang one by one.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20% Time/Era of Movie:    -   16th-19th century Western    -   Yes Kind of western:    -   Robber POV story

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   thief/con artist Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West Forest?    -   Yes Prairie?    -   Yes Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   drowning    -   river Misc setting    -   moving train

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   gory visuals of deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing Kind of violence:    -   guns Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--swords/knives Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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