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FULL SYNOPSIS

This musical spoof of Westerns featured Lee Marvin in dual roles that won him a Best Actor Oscar. Jane Fonda stars as the title character, a prim schoolmarm returning to her hometown of Wolf City, Wyoming, after receiving an Eastern education. On the train ride, Cat meets up with a pair of friendly, charming crooks, Clay Boone ([[Performer~P10298~Michael Callan~michaelcallan]]) and his uncle, Jed ([[Performer~P32166~Dwayne Hickman~dwaynehickman]]), the former becoming hopelessly smitten with the naive but tough Cat. Upon arriving home, Cat discovers that her eccentric father, Frankie (John Marley), is being threatened with bodily harm by a development company that desperately wants his land. When Frankie is murdered by ruthless, noseless killer Tim Strawn ([[Performer~P46149~Marvin~leemarvin]]), Cat straps on a pair of six-shooters and persuades Clay, Jed, and her father's loyal Native American hand Jackson Two-Bears (Tom Nardini) to sign on as her posse. In her quest for revenge, Cat also recruits Kid Shelleen (also played by [[Performer~P46149~Marvin~leemarvin]]), a one-time fearsome gunslinger who's now a hopeless alcoholic. Cat Ballou (1965) is interspersed throughout the narrative with appearances by [[Performer~P37199~Stubby Kaye~stubbykaye]] and Nat King Cole as a pair of balladeers who comment on the action musically in Greek chorus style. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

  • Release date:June 24, 1965

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Jerry Livingston Best Original Song 1965 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jerry Livingston Best Song 1965 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Mack David Best Original Song 1965 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Mack David Best Song 1965 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Tom Nardini New Star of the Year - Male 1965 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Elliot Silverstein Best Director 1965 Nominee
Berlin International Film Festival Frank Pierson Special Mention 1965 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Frank Pierson Best Adapted Screenplay 1965 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Jane Fonda Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1965 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Lee Marvin Best Foreign Actor 1965 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Lee Marvin Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1965 Winner
National Board of Review Lee Marvin Best Actor 1965 Winner
Berlin International Film Festival Lee Marvin Silver Bear for Best Actor 1965 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Lee Marvin Best Actor 1965 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Frank De Vol Best Adapted Score 1965 Nominee
Berlin International Film Festival Walter Newman Special Mention 1965 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Walter Newman Best Adapted Screenplay 1965 Nominee

Cast

Jane Fonda
as Cat Ballou
Lee Marvin
as Kid Shelleen/Tim Strawn
Michael Callan
as Clay Boone
Dwayne Hickman
as Jed
Stubby Kaye
as Shouter
Tom Nardini
as Jackson Two-Bears
John Marley
as Frankie Ballou
Reginald Denny
as Sir Harry Percival
Jay C. Flippen
as Sheriff Cardigan
Arthur Hunnicutt
as Butch Cassidy
Bruce Cabot
as Sheriff Maledon
Burt Mustin
as Accuser
Robert Phillips
as Klem
Joe Hamilton
as Frenchie
Hallene Hill
as Honey Girl
Ted White
as Gunslinger
Ayllene Gibbons
as Hedda
Nick Cravat
as Ad-Lib
Charles Wagenheim
as James
Chuck Roberson
as Armed Guard
Harry Harvey
as Train Conductor
Dorothy Claire
as Singing Tart
Gail Bonney
as Mabel Bentley
Charles Horvath
as Hardcase
Duke Hobbie
as Homer

Crew

Elliot Silverstein
Director
Harold Hecht
Producer
Frank Pierson
Screenwriter
Walter Newman
Screenwriter
Roy Chanslor
Screenwriter
Roy Chanslor
Book Author
Jack A. Marta
Cinematographer
Jerry Livingston
Composer (Music Score)
Mack David
Composer (Music Score)
Jerry Livingston
Songwriter
Frank De Vol
Composer (Music Score)
Mack David
Songwriter
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