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With: Marilyn Monroe, Don Murray, Arthur O'Connell, Betty Field, Eileen Heckart, Robert Bray, Hope Lange, Hans Conried, Max Showalter
Written by: George Axelrod, based on a play by William Inge
Directed by: Joshua Logan
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 96
Date: 08/31/1956

Bus Stop (1956)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Hot Blonde

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Joshua Logan's Bus Stop marked a dramatic departure for Marilyn Monroe. She broadens her acting chops in the role of singer Cherie who meets a pushy and irrepressible cowboy (Don Murray), in town for the rodeo. It's disturbing to watch Murray stalking and tormenting her, but everything works out in the end. Logan's impressive Cinemascope work captures the pathos of the story rather than just the furniture and landscapes as other early, less imaginative widescreen movies did. Bus Stop was a favorite of Jean-Luc Godard and the other French New Wave film critics in the 1950s. Murray received an Oscar nomination for his performance.

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