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The Misfits (1961 film)


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The Misfits is a 1961 American drama film written by Arthur Miller, directed by John Huston, and starring Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, and Montgomery Clift. The supporting cast features Thelma Ritter, Eli Wallach and Kevin McCarthy. The Misfits was the last completed film for both Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe. For Gable, the film was posthumously released, while Monroe died in 1962. The plot centers on a newly divorced woman (Monroe) and her time in Reno and Northern Nevada, spent with her friendly landlord Isabelle Steers (Ritter), a old school cowboy (Gable), the cowboy's tow truck-driving and plane-flying friend (Wallach) and their rodeo-riding bronc busting friend (Clift) in Dayton, Nevada, and in the Western Nevada desert in 1960. The Misfits was a commercial failure at the time of its 1961 release, but received positive critical reviews for its script and performances, and is regarded highly by contemporary movie critics and audiences.