Film #127: THE BALLAD OF CABLE HOGUE
The Ballad of Cable Hogue
3.5 out of 5 stars
Sam Peckinpah was best known as the director of hyper-violent films like THE WILD BUNCH, STRAW DOGS, and BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA. Sadly, some of his “quieter” films (like this one) rarely get mentions except by Peckinpah fanatics. BALLAD OF CABLE HOGUE is a - dare I say - light film filled with humor with a very moral core. Robards is terrific here and the supporting cast (David Warner, Strother Martin, Slim Pickens, LQ Jones, and a VERY young Stella Stevens) does journeyman work. If you’re a fan of Peckinpah’s more action-oriented fare, you may want to check this fun little film out. If you’re new to Peckinpah, then see it as a preparation for the more bloody stuff to come. Very fun flick!