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Plot, Details & Awards

Cat Ballou

Not Rated In Theaters 10/12/2001 , 96min.
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Plot & Details

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 (Michael Callan) and his uncle, Jed (Dwayne Hickman), 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 (Marvin), 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 Marvin), a one-time fearsome gunslinger who's now a hopeless alcoholic. Cat Ballou (1965) is interspersed throughout the narrative with appearances by Stubby Kaye and Nat King Cole as a pair of balladeers who comment on the action musically in Greek chorus style.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1965 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Walter Newman Nominated
1965 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Frank Pierson Nominated
1965 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Charles Nelson Nominated
1965 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Song Mack David Nominated
1965 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Lee Marvin Won
1965 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Song Jerry Livingston Nominated
1965 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Score Frank De Vol Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1965 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Foreign Actor Lee Marvin Won

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1965 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy Jane Fonda Nominated
1965 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Musical or Comedy Nominated
1965 Hollywood Foreign Press Association New Star of the Year - Male Tom Nardini Nominated
1965 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy Lee Marvin Won
1965 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Song Jerry Livingston Nominated
1965 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Song Mack David Nominated

Berlin International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1965 Berlin International Film Festival Special Mention Frank Pierson Won
1965 Berlin International Film Festival Special Mention Walter Newman Won
1965 Berlin International Film Festival Silver Bear for Best Actor Lee Marvin Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1965 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Foreign Actor Lee Marvin Won

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1965 Directors Guild of America Best Director Elliot Silverstein Nominated

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1965 National Board of Review Best Actor Lee Marvin Won

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