The Ballad of Cable Hogue

Synopsis: Double-crossed and left without water in the desert, Cable Hogue is saved when he finds a spring. It is in just the right spot for a much needed rest stop on the local stagecoach line, and Hogue uses this to his advantage. He builds a house and makes money off the stagecoach passengers. Hildy, a sex worker from the nearest town, moves in with him. Hogue has everything going his way until the advent of the automobile ends the era of the stagecoach.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Sam Peckinpah
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
121 min

Sorry, old-timer...

...but you're only part poison,

and I'm hungry for meat.

Getting a little thirsty too.


Bowen, go easy.

You peckerwoods just raised hell

with our supper.

Find any water?

I appreciate humor, boys...

...but I'm beginning to think

you're cutting it a mite thin.

What else we got to do?

What did you find?

Ten thousand gallons of sand,

that's what we found.

We had you shaking, didn't we, Cable?

Hold him, boy. Get over there.

It's just like you said, Hogue.

There's water enough for two,

but not for three.

You damn fool. You had us.

You just wouldn't pull the trigger.

- Because you're yellow.

- Yeah, he's yellow. Just plain yellow.

- Hell, you're yellow, Hogue.

- Cable is yellow.

Old Cable's yellow

Old Cable is white

Old Cable's dying

But that's all right

Taggart and Bowen as slick as you please

Took all the water and left for the trees

Hey, fellas. Leave me a little.

- Please.

- It's all yours, Cable.

Fifty thousand gallons of sand.

- We've got your water, Cable.

- Yellow!

Call me yellow.

Leave me to dry and blow away.

Sing a song about it!

Laugh at old Cable Hogue, huh?

I'll get out! I'll get out!

Don't you worry none about that!

You just...

...worry about when I get out.

I'll find you, Taggart.

You, Bowen,

you mealy-mouthed little pimp.

You never could tell gold-shine from

lizard shit, and there's a big difference.

A big difference!

I'll live to spit on your graves!

Old Cable's yellow


We got your water.

Ain't had no water

since yesterday, Lord.

Getting a little thirsty.

Just thought I'd mention it. Amen.

Yesterday, I told you I was thirsty...

...and I thought you might

turn up some water.

Now, if I sinned,

you just send me a drop or two...

...and I won't do it no more...

...whatever in the hell it was I did.

I mean that, Lord.

Four days without water. You don't

think I've put in my suffering time... ought to try going dry for a spell.

Listen to me. Listen to me.

If I don't get some soon,

I ain't gonna have no chance to repent.

Careful, now.

You're about to get my dander up.

Lord... call it.

I'm just plain done in.



...found it.

Told you I was gonna live.

This is Cable Hogue talking.

Hogue. Me.

Cable Hogue. Hogue. Me.

Me. I did it. Cable Hogue.

I found it. Me.




With kids and mamas.


Going somewhere on a road.

And I'm on it.

Me and my water hole.

I whipped them bastards.

Now all I gotta do is wait.

Get out of there, boy.

Get with it. Hop on.

Hey, wait a minute, fellas.


Is something the matter?

Why are we stopping? Are we in trouble?

He is, we ain't.

- Nice evening, fellas.

- You're a long way from home.

- I'm halfway to hell and looking for help.

- You got it, pilgrim.

You've fallen among good hands.

The Gospel says:
Do unto others...

- You want a ride in?

- He can ride inside with us.

- Matthew, chapter 2, verse 3.

- Daniel, are you sure?

I've told you never

to question my judgment.

As I hear, I judge,

and my judgment is just.

- John, chapter 5, verse 30.

- I've never questioned your judgment.

In the 26 years of our marriage,

blessed by a devotion to the Lord...

...I have never questioned

your judgment. But I am now.

It seems ridiculous to sit in the middle

of the desert, watching men drink.

We're near halfway in.

- How about $3?

- Nope.

If sugar were 2 cents a barrel...

...I couldn't afford a pinch of salt

or an egg to put it on.

- I was robbed about five days back.

- Robbed? Robbed?

- Robbery, did you say?

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