The Missouri Breaks

Synopsis: Tom Logan is a horse thief. Rancher David Braxton has horses, and a daughter, worth stealing. But Braxton has just hired Lee Clayton, an infamous "regulator", to hunt down the horse thieves; one at a time.
Genre: Drama, Western
Director(s): Arthur Penn
Production: MGM
Rotten Tomatoes:
126 min

I'll tell you, the first time I met Sandy...

Listen at this, now.

The first time I met Sandy,

he was rustling on his own.

He had a stolen cavalry pony

and he kept this dog.

As soon as he killed a steer, he'd cut

the brand off and feed it to the dog.

He said to get enough

evidence to convict him

they'd have to pick through

the dog's shit for a week

before they could find the brand.

My aunt ran a laundry in St Paul.

Got strangled by a Chinaman

while she's washing her dog.

It's easy to die. Easy!

Well, they sure killed Sandy.

He was the only comedian in this outfit.

Every outfit oughta have a comedian.

You can't run that many rustled horses

across open ground.

I know I've been saying that.

But you can't.

What do we do, Tom? Open up a stand

and sell stolen horses over the counter?

No. We gotta get a relay ranch

halfway across

so as we got somewheres

to relay 'em at.

- That's right.

- That's just really great.

Only we ain't got a ranch.

We ain't got no money!

The only horses we got are out there.

We can't move them across the breaks

without everybody knowing.

Let's just stick up the NP Railroad

and buy a ranch.

Hell, let's rob a bank.

If we're gonna get hung for rustlin' horses,

we oughta be robbin' trains.

Why don't you boys join

that Hole-in-the-Wall bunch

and you'll be around people

that think like that?

Boy, a couple of years ago they'd have

put Sandy in Red Lodge penitentiary,

weavin' bridles.

Seems like there's

something new in the air.

I bet you Marker'll bait crows with Sandy

for a week before he'll cut him down.

I worked for that son of a bitch once

on the reservation roundup.

He will leave Sandy in the trees.

When we was fightin' in Kansas,

we had relays all over the damn place.

We relayed a cousin of mine

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Thomas McGuane

Thomas Francis McGuane III (born December 11, 1939) is an American writer. His work includes ten novels, short fiction and screenplays, as well as three collections of essays devoted to his life in the outdoors. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, The National Cutting Horse Association Hall of Fame and the Flyfishing Hall of Fame. Thomas McGuane was the keynote speaker for the 2016 Montana State University Trout and Salomonid Lecture Series. McGuane also partook in an oral history project conducted by Montana State University pertaining to his life as an angler and angling author.McGuane has three children, Annie, Maggie and Thomas. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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