A grim and dirty slice of bleak frontier life rendered with extraordinary beauty. Robert Altman cast a decidedly deglamourized Warren Beatty and Julie Christie together with his stock company in this richly textured anti-Western, with the stated intent of destroying "the myths of heroism
in the Old West." The result is an atmospheric and resonant exploration of a small northwestern settlement in the middle of winter, with Christie as the thoroughly modern madam of a bordello and Beatty as the smaller-than-life hero.
Shortly after the turn of the century McCabe (Beatty), a man with a mysterious past, rides into a raw snow-covered northwestern wilderness settlemen...