Pocket Money is a 1972 film directed by Stuart Rosenberg from a screenplay written by Terrence Malick. The movie stars Paul Newman and Lee Marvin and takes place in 1970s Arizona and Northern Mexico. Broke and in debt, an otherwise honest cowboy (Newman) gets mixed up in some shady dealings with a crooked rancher (played by Strother Martin, who also played colorful supporting roles in Newman's Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Harper,Cool Hand Luke and Slap Shot).
Pocket Money is important because it is the only one of the films listed above that represents the American West as it exist(ed) at the time of the filming. Thus it is important as a reference point in understanding the very many classic Western movies that also represent actual life in the American West. The Australian movies and the Clint Eastwood Westerns listed here, as well as parts of very many other movies including Star Wars movies and films such as Holes, are only partially Westerns, or are relatively fantastical and/or story-like instead of being verite and genre-self-conscious in terms of their nature as Westerns.
Based on a novel called "Jim Kane", that was the working title of the film. The title was changed to take the emphasis off one character and to stress the partnership of Paul Newman and Lee Marvin.