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

You boys new at this?

Appreciate your concern, Nelson.


Let's get every goddamn one up.

Hey, look! There's tens in the water.

Get in there, Tod.

Get in the water. Get those tens.


Little Tod...

Get out of my way.

Come on. Let's get outta here

with what we got.

Mornin', my little darlin'.

Hey, Si. We'll see 'em in church.

I think all of you working men and women

have had time now to consider

this case before us.

- There's Braxton.

- I have reviewed its details,

and now I feel secure enough

to pronounce sentence.

Subject, of course,

to your scrutiny and support.

Make him confess first.

I think the kindest thing

we can do to this bird

is to send him up to the territorial prison.

He's been about as cooperative

as any prisoner we've tried around here.

- I see no direct call to hang him.

- Don't he look like God?

Who's got an opinion about

how long we might send him up?

- Life is indicated.

- He'll take anything.

How would 10 to 20 sound to you?

Sounds about right to me.

How soon would I be eligible for parole?

In about two weeks.

Anything you'd like to say

before we send you to your just deserts?

And if I may speak for the court,

we would prefer

that it be something colourful,

life on the frontier being what it is.

Just that...

it may seem to you boys

like a hard way to make the papers,

but I'm not ashamed of robbing that train,

of blowing bridges, sticking up banks, or

for my careless devil-may-care gunplay.

I'm not ashamed of pissing away

the money on hard living either,

because I'm that kind of guy.

But as a concession to me

for my cooperation,

I would like you all

to refer to me from now on

as "The Lonesome Kid".

Especially in front of outsiders

here in the West.

That's enough of that! Let's all go up

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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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