Pocket Money

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Pocket Money
Pocket money.jpg
Theatrical poster.
Directed by Stuart Rosenberg
Produced by John Foreman
Screenplay by Terrence Malick
Based on Jim Kane
by J.P.S. Brown
Starring Paul Newman,
Lee Marvin,
Strother Martin
Music by Alex North
Cinematography László Kovács
Edited by Bob Wyman
Distributed by National General Pictures
Release date
  • February 14, 1972 (1972-02-14) (U.S.)
Running time
102 mins.
Country United States
Language English

Pocket Money is a 1972 film directed by Stuart Rosenberg, from a screenplay written by Terrence Malick and based on the novel Jim Kane (1970) by J.P.S. Brown. The movie stars Paul Newman and Lee Marvin and takes place in 1970s Arizona and northern Mexico.

The song "Pocket Money" is composed and performed by Carole King. Portions of the film were shot at Southwestern Studios in Carefree, Arizona, a facility originally built by cast member Fred Graham.


Broke and in debt, an otherwise honest cowboy known as Jim Kane (Newman) gets mixed up in some shady dealings with Stretch Russell (Rogers) and Bill Garrett (Martin), a crooked rancher. Russell tells Kane to escort 200 head of cattle from Mexico to the United States for a good sum of money. Kane agrees and brings along his friend Leonard (Marvin) to aid him. Unfortunately, the two come upon many unexpected events that often deter them from completing their job.


Paul Newman ... Jim Kane
Lee Marvin ... Leonard
Strother Martin ... Bill Garrett
Wayne Rogers ... Stretch Russell
Hector Elizondo ... Juan
Christine Belford ... Adelita
Kelly Jean Peters ... Sharon (Kane's ex-wife)
Gregory Sierra ... Guerro Chavarin (as Gregg Sierra)
Fred Graham ... Uncle Herb
Matt Clark ... American prisoner
Claudio Miranda ... Manisterio Publico
Terrence Malick ... Worksman


The film received primarily mediocre to negative reviews. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film two stars out of four and wrote, "The movie seems to be going for a highly mannered, elliptical, enigmatic style, and it gets there. We don't."[1] The film currently has a 67% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[2]

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