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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.
iTunes!!! Paint Your Wagon!!! Wow!!!
The only musical I could ever buy! Used to watch it with my grandpa 30 years ago! Very important to learn Lee Marvin's 3 best things in life. Don't miss out on old west wisdom! You could go blind!!! Thanks so much iTunes! I will be watching this on a long flight tomorrow!
A Western Musical!! Bring it on!
I am so glad that they added this movie to iTunes. I saw this movie when I was a kid, and it instantly became my favorite movie-and it still is some 15 years later. It is a well-written, funny movie with great music. The plot is very original and still holds up against a contemporary audience. Also, some of the scenes and lines are hilarious. (A drunk Ben gets a little confused, “Wait. lt ain't every day that we got a woman in Atwell's pressing her breast with her baby.” “That's right Ben.” “…There's a breast in Atwell's pressing a woman against her.”) Furthermore, the musical score is excellent. I enjoyed it so much that I bought the soundtrack. The most notable of which are ‘Wand’rin’ Star’ and ‘They Call The Wind Maria’. These are beautiful somber songs. But don’t worry, there are many upbeat and fun songs too. My favorites of which are ‘The Gospel of No Name City’, ‘Best Things’, and ‘The First Thing You Know’. I recommend this to everyone who wants a great, fun musical that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. And who doesn’t want to see Clint Eastwood Sing?
Ya gotta love...
the classic schmaltz! Classic cinematography. Classic dialog. Classic Sterotypes! This was the way escapist movies were made when ideas were fresh, writers had talent, and no one had heard of re-makes and sequels. If you want fun, then watch this movie. And trust me, you'll be humming the soundtrack.