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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 »

Director:

Howard Zieff

Writer:

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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hollywood Cowboy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A.J. Nietz (Donald Pleasence) is named after prolific western and "B" picture Director Alan James (real name Alvin J. Neitz), who started out in silent films, and lasted through the talkie era, and who directed westerns with such stars as Ken Maynard, Jack Hoxie, and Tim McCoy. See more »

Goofs

When Tater first escapes the two correspondence school he steals a Model A Ford which soon runs out of gas. The gas gauge shown on 'E' is not from a Model A, which utilized a float window, not an electric gauge. See more »

Quotes

[after Lewis does the 'jumping on the horse' stunt]
Kessler: Those damn cowboys! I always said they were great, didn't I? I always said you can't beat 'em.
Cameraman: You always said you couldn't trust 'em.
Kessler: Well, you misunderstood me.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in The Lion Roars Again (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Ach! so fromm, ach! so traut
(uncredited)
from the opera "Martha"
Music by Friedrich von Flotow
Words by Friedrich Wilhelm Riese
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well-crafted Valentine to 30's Westerns
27 May 2000 | by aromatic-2See all my reviews

The interplay between Jeff Bridges and Andy Griffith alone is well worth the price of admission, but the entire supporting cast gets into the spirit of this film about writing western movies in the early 30's. Fun for the entire family. Richard B. Schull and Anthony James are marvelous as the Mutt & Jeff antecedents of the wet bandits.


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