Set in a snow-covered Pacific Northwest rather than the dusty plains of genre tradition, McCabe and Mrs Miller casts Warren Beatty as the blustering cardsharp John Q. McCabe, an anti-heroic knave who goes into business with (and falls for) opium-addicted prostitute Constance Miller (Julie Christie).
McCabe dreams of turning a mud-caked frontier settlement into a bustling town, but he has hardly begun when he is gunned down by the agents of a sinister mining company.
This is no ordinary Western. Director Robert Altman allows conversations to overlap, encourages the actors to improvise and told Hungarian cameraman Vilmos Zsigmond to use yellow filters for some scenes and underexpose others.
With songs by Leonard Cohen and hazy, sepia-like widescreen photography by Zsigmond, the result is a beguilingly dreamlike vision of times past, texturally unique in the history of the western.
Altman claimed the movie was “less about the spirit of the pioneer than about the spirit of the entrepreneur”.
John Q. McCabe
Mrs Constance Miller
Jace Van Der Veen
Carey Lee Mckenzie