Robert Altman

McCabe & Mrs. Miller

McCabe & Mrs. Miller

This unorthodox dream western by Robert Altman may be the most radically beautiful film to come out of the New American Cinema. It stars Warren Beatty and Julie Christie as two newcomers to the raw Pacific Northwest mining town of Presbyterian Church, who join forces to provide the miners with a superior kind of whorehouse experience. The appearance of representatives of a powerful mining company with interests of its own, however, threatens to be the undoing of their plans. With its fascinating flawed characters, evocative cinematography by the great Vilmos Zsigmond, innovative overlapping dialogue, and haunting use of Leonard Cohen songs, McCabe & Mrs. Miller brilliantly deglamorized and revitalized the most American of genres.

Film Info

  • Robert Altman
  • United States
  • 1971
  • 121 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.40:1
  • English
  • Spine #827

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2002 featuring director Robert Altman and producer David Foster
  • New making-of documentary, featuring members of the cast and crew
  • New conversation about the film and Altman’s career between film historians Cari Beauchamp and Rick Jewell
  • Featurette from the film’s 1970 production
  • Art Directors Guild Film Society Q&A from 1999 with production designer Leon Ericksen
  • Excerpts from archival interviews with cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond
  • Gallery of stills from the set by photographer Steve Schapiro
  • Excerpts from two 1971 episodes of The Dick Cavett Show featuring Altman and film critic Pauline Kael
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by novelist and critic Nathaniel Rich
    New cover by Jon Contino

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2002 featuring director Robert Altman and producer David Foster
  • New making-of documentary, featuring members of the cast and crew
  • New conversation about the film and Altman’s career between film historians Cari Beauchamp and Rick Jewell
  • Featurette from the film’s 1970 production
  • Art Directors Guild Film Society Q&A from 1999 with production designer Leon Ericksen
  • Excerpts from archival interviews with cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond
  • Gallery of stills from the set by photographer Steve Schapiro
  • Excerpts from two 1971 episodes of The Dick Cavett Show featuring Altman and film critic Pauline Kael
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by novelist and critic Nathaniel Rich
    New cover by Jon Contino
McCabe & Mrs. Miller
Cast
Warren Beatty
John McCabe
Julie Christie
Constance Miller
René Auberjonois
Sheehan
William Devane
The lawyer
John Schuck
Smalley
Corey Fischer
Mr. Elliott
Bert Remsen
Bart Coyle
Shelley Duvall
Ida Coyle
Keith Carradine
Cowboy
Michael Murphy
Sears
Antony Holland
Hollander
Hugh Millais
Butler
Manfred Schulz
Kid
Jace Vander Veen
Breed
Credits
Director
Robert Altman
Produced by
David Foster
Produced by
Mitchell Brower
Screenplay by
Robert Altman
Screenplay by
Brian McKay
Based on the novel McCabe by
Edmund Naughton
Director of photography
Vilmos Zsigmond
Film editor/Second unit director
Louis Lombardo
Production designer
Leon Ericksen
Art directors
Philip Thomas
Art directors
Al Locatelli
Songs by
Leonard Cohen
Assistant director
Tommy Thompson
Associate producer
Robert Eggenweiler
Casting by
Graeme Clifford

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Robert Altman

Director, Writer

Few directors in recent American film history have gone through as many career ups and downs as Robert Altman did. Following years of television work, the rambunctious midwesterner set out on his own as a feature film director in the late 1950s, but didn’t find his first major success until 1970, with the antiauthoritarian war comedy M*A*S*H. Hoping for another hit just like it, studios hired him in the years that followed, most often receiving difficult, caustic, and subversive revisionist genre films. After the success of 1975’s panoramic American satire Nashville, Altman once again delved into projects that were more challenging, especially the astonishing, complex, Bergman-influenced 3 Women. Thereafter, Altman was out of Hollywood’s good graces, though in the eighties, a decade widely considered his fallow period, he came through with the inventive theater-to-film Nixon monologue Secret Honor and the TV miniseries political satire Tanner ’88. The double punch of The Player and the hugely influential ensemble piece Short Cuts brought him back into the spotlight, and he continued to be prolific in his output into 2006, when his last film, A Prairie Home Companion, was released months before his death at the age of eighty-one.