THE BALLAD OF CABLE HOGUE REVIEWED
“The Ballad of Cable Hogue” felt like Peckinpah had something to say. Hell, it’s the American Western answer to Beckett stuff like “Waiting for Godot”. Jason Robards plays the titular character. He maintains a desert oasis as his private sanctuary. What most don’t know is that two scumbags left Hogue in the middle of the desert to die. After finding the wellspring and nursing himself back to health, Hogue had a plan. Those two rat bastards would have to return for some water, as they travel this route to get between these two towns. When they return, he’s going to kill them.
Stella Stevens plays a local prostitute that hangs out with Hogue, but he doesn’t care for her. Over two hours, we get to listen to Cable Hogue tell his story in Biblical tones. Will he get his vengeance? Who knows? But, Cable Hogue is willing to wait forever to get the chance to shoot these two idiots in the face. Given that the film takes place in 1908, it’s another Peckinpah tome about the dying West. Honestly, I don’t know why it doesn’t get more love. Robards deserved higher regard for the role.
- 1.78:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 2.0 MONO