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Hearts of the West (1975)

Lewis Tater writes Wild West dime novels and dreams of actually becoming a cowboy. When he goes west to find his dream, he finds himself in possession of the loot box of two crooks who ... See full summary »

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Howard Zieff

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Rob Thompson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Bridges ... Lewis Tater
Andy Griffith ... Howard Pike
Donald Pleasence ... A.J. Nietz
Blythe Danner ... Miss Trout
Alan Arkin ... Kessler
Richard B. Shull ... Stout Crook
Herb Edelman ... Polo (as Herbert Edelman)
Alex Rocco ... Earl
Frank Cady ... Pa Tater
Anthony James ... Lean Crook
Burton Gilliam ... Lester
Matt Clark ... Jackson
Candice Azzara ... Waitress (as Candy Azzara)
Thayer David ... Bank Manager
Wayne Storm Wayne Storm ... Lyle
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Storyline

Lewis Tater writes Wild West dime novels and dreams of actually becoming a cowboy. When he goes west to find his dream, he finds himself in possession of the loot box of two crooks who tried to rob him. During his escape, Lewis stumbles on to the set of a Wild West movie, and through mishap and chance, becomes a star of Hollywood Westerns. Written by Bree Humphries <mhumphri@brynmawr.edu>

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Jeff Bridges is Lewis Tater, the Iowa farm boy who blazed a trail across the barren wastes of Hollywood and Vine in MGM's comedy surprise "Hearts of the West."

Genres:

Western | Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hollywood Cowboy See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Part of a cycle of movies made during the mid-1970s about Tinseltown, old Hollywood, and its Golden Age, including the silent film era. The pictures include Inserts (1975), Valentino (1977), Nickelodeon (1976), Silent Movie (1976), The Wild Party (1975), The Last Tycoon (1976), Hearts of the West (1975), The Day of the Locust (1975), and The World's Greatest Lover (1977). See more »

Goofs

The story is taking place in 1933, as per the license plates on the cars, and the date on the letter. Anna Christie with Greta Garbo, advertised with a huge poster as playing at the Carthay Circle Theatre, was a 1930 release, and would have only still been playing its last runs by 1933. See more »

Quotes

Lewis Tater: It's just like back at home. Every time we have soup for supper, I get a peppercorn in the first swallow!
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Crazy Credits

The film opens with the 1930's MGM logo. See more »

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References Anna Christie (1930) See more »

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Pagan Love Song
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
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Hollywood Cowboy
12 April 2005 | by ptb-8See all my reviews

At some stage in 1976 there was a misguided attempt to release this charming feature under the name "Hollywood Cowboy". Post THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT 1974 most studios seemed to flood the market with 30s movie biographies since moviegoers apparently were fascinated with Hollywood's history courtesy of the MGM doco successes.. HEARTS OF THE WEST fits into the release pattern of GABLE AND LOMBARD, W C FIELDS AND ME, DAY OF THE LOCUST, NICKELODEON, and ultimately the horribly unfunny WON TON TON THE DOG THAT SAVED Hollywood and UNDER THE RAINBOW...each and every one about Hollywood in the 1930s. I think they all lost money. However except the last two, all are very good and HEARTS is possibly the most endearing but sadly unseen. The always affable Jeff Bridges proves he was hilarious and watchable even at 25. The Bruce Willis film of the 80s called SUNSET owes a lot to HEARTS. Young guy Jeff in this one, gets to Hollywood attempting to write westerns and ends up in stunt roles in what look like Republic or Monogram oaters. Beautifully made at MGM and well worth finding and delighting friends and family.


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