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

all the way from Medicine Tree

to the hot springs in New Mexico.

He beat the telegraph.

Took the detectives two years to cover

the same ground he'd covered in a week.

And when they got there

he was in his grave up on the Chama.

Why was you havin' to move

this cousin around so much?

He did card tricks.

I get it.

He done a trick for this n*gger on

the Chama. The n*gger throttled him.

Mm-hm. I see.

Say, Cal...

Why don't we put that relay

in Braxton's backyard?


It beats sendin' three or four horses

at a time out into Kansas.

The law there is pretty effective now.

I get a kick out of Little Tod.

He says we oughta rob a train.


I'm tired, Cal.

I'm gonna turn in.

Tomorrow we have a nice day.

Too bad about Sandy.

All right, move over there. Move, move!

I want you to uncouple that car. Hurry up!

I can't do it. I'm not sure I'm able to do it.

Just get down there and pull the pin out.

- I'm a clerk. I'm not mechanical.

- Hurry up. Hurry up.


- Get the money out. What's your name?

- Nelson.

Nelson, you do this right,

you can say you've seen Jesse James

and lived to tell the story.

You're not Jesse James.

You ain't Charlie Siringo.

Just give me the money, Nelson.

- I'm not permitted to touch this.

- Gimme the goddamn money.



- Don't start blamin' me.

- I am blamin' you.

This is it on trains. This is it.

God Almighty.

This is it. No more trains, Tod.

- I just don't wanna get blamed.

- Sh...

We got it! It's all over the place.


We got it.

- You need some help?

- Just pick up the money, goddamn it.


But they're all ones.

Tom, they're all ones.

- Where am I gonna put 'em all?

- I don't wanna hear that now. Just...

Ain't it just terrible?

The next time you mention trains,

it's gonna get worse.

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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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