Ride the High Country

Ride the High Country

DVD - 2006
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"In this brilliant, moving film directed by Sam Peckinpah (The Wild Bunch), cowboy icons Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea find roles to match their leathery Western personas, playing aging lawmen hired to guard a gold shipment. They don't have much: a horse each, a couple of dollars. And they have everything: their independence. But the frontier is disappearing - and so is space wide open enough for independent men. With luck, the two will find space enough for this ride and one last payday. They will also find adventure, including the dramatic rescue of a mistreated bride (Mariette Hartley), gun-blzing shootouts and a life-changing betrayal. Both an exciting Western and a heart-lifting homage to the genre, Ride The High Country is a journey into film greatness."--Container.
Publisher: Burbank, Calif. : Turner Entertainment Co. and Warner Bros. : distributed by Warner Home Video, c2006
Branch Call Number: DVD RID
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (94 min.) : Dolby digital mono. sd., col. ; 12 cm


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Apr 27, 2018

Not much of note in this early oater by director Sam Peckinpah other than it was the swan song for stars Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea, and it marked the screen debut of Mariette Hartley. Pretty much standard Western fare with drunken brawls and gung-ho shoot-outs, although two scenes do stand out—a macabre brothel wedding turns into a swirling bacchanal straight from the mind of Fellini, and a now iconic sequence featuring Joel McCrea, firearm blazing, as he gallops through clouds of gun powder straight at the camera. Sadly, Mariette Hartley’s runaway bride character doesn’t really grow beyond the level of meek chattel despite a couple of attempted rapes and a supposedly headstrong attitude. It’s ultimately a story of transitions, with the Wild West giving way to businessmen and old heroes riding off into their various sunsets. But the real star of the film ends up being George Bassman’s gushing musical score, it’s sad melodies adding a touch of romanticism to Lucien Ballard’s Metrocolor panoramas of mountaintops and pine forests.

Sep 02, 2017

This is almost an unintentional classic Western. The story is not all that complicated, it's one of old friendship, down-on-their-luck old guys, how people change when greed comes into play and how the heart's truth can lead to a good outcome. But it's the charming and engaging way Sam Peckinpah presents this old story with the help of two aging heroes of the West, Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea, that make this a true classic. Enjoyed this one very much!

Apr 27, 2017

Peckinpah's second feature film, it was the one that gained him directorial notoriety. Within the Western genre and its evolution in the latter half of the 20th Century, Ride the High Country is in the cross-over between the classic John Ford Western and the revisionist sparked by the import of Sergio Leone's Dollars Trilogy with Clint Eastwood, the flawed anti-hero with no name. It's was also made before Peckinpah's self-destructive drug abuse and behavior ruined his reputation in Hollywood. Here we have a clean, early Peckinpah movie showing his skill and genius in telling a story.

Mar 13, 2011

loved the creepy subtext where shes expected to service her husbands' brothers.

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