Cat(herine) Ballou’s family farm is being threatened by the Rail Road. She sends for Kid Shelleen, finding him to be the drunkest gunfighter in the west. When her father is killed by the rail road magnate’s gunman, she vows to fight on. Shelleen manages to ride sideways in several scenes, while minstrels sing the ballad of Cat Ballou in between scenes.
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User Reviews: The movie concerns about a school teacher (Jane Fonda) become bandit who to avenge her father’s (John Marley) death forms an outlaws’ group constituted by a motley and butcher team ( Michael Callan , Tom Nardini and others). Later on , she engages a boozy gunfighter interpreted by Lee Marvin and they ‘ll take on the villains and nasties ( led by Reginald Denny) that have a hired gun , a murderer with an artificial nose ( also played by Marvin).
It’s a bemusing western with adjusted runtime where there are humor ,tongue-in-cheek , spoof , irony, shootouts , it is fast moving and for that reason isn’t boring but funny . Lee Marvin won a deserved Oscar Academy Award for his double playing as a drunken and sympathetic cowboy and his twin , an odious and ominous killer , he is the best . The support cast is awesome , thus appears the habitual secondary from Western : J.C.Flippen , Arthur Hunnicut and Bruce Cabot . Frank de Vol (usual musician of Robert Aldrich) soundtrack is jolly and lively . Nat King Cole and Stubby Kaye play splendidly two singing minstrels . The film is well directed by Elliot Silverstein , he posteriorly will attain great success with ¨A man called horse¨. Rating: Good and nice. Well worth seeing.