Open Range

  • 12
  • Kevin Costner (2003)
  • US / UK
  • 133 min
Open Range
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Actor/director Kevin Costner's skill with westerns was proven by his masterpiece Dances with Wolves. This doesn't aspire to the epic scope or profound themes of that movie, but it's still a beautifully crafted, well-acted example of the genre that only very occasionally lurches a little too close to cliché for comfort. It's set in a fascinating transitional period of frontier history, as the traditional free-ranging cattlemen and their herds were harassed and attacked by settled ranchers. But Costner finds most of the film's interest in the subtle relationships between the main characters. He is impressive as the taciturn Charley, whose Civil War memories haunt him, and Diego Luna (of Y Tu Mamá También) and Abraham Benrubi are likeable as the younger team members. But it is Robert Duvall's restrained, dignified performance as Boss Spearman, the gruff de facto father to the "family" of travelling cowpokes, that's the movie's real treat. Gorgeously shot, robustly written and solidly sentimental, this will be a delight for those who like their westerns on the traditional side.

Plot Summary

Western starring Robert Duvall, Kevin Costner and Annette Bening. Ageing cattleman Boss Spearman and former gunslinger Charley Waite have been free-grazing their herd on the open range for a decade. But when their cook is beaten and arrested by a corrupt sheriff, the incident forces the two men into a confrontation with tyrannical rancher Denton Baxter.

Cast and crew


Boss Spearman
Robert Duvall
Charley Waite
Kevin Costner
Sue Barlow
Annette Bening
Denton Baxter
Michael Gambon
Michael Jeter
Diego Luna
Sheriff Poole
James Russo
Abraham Benrubi
Doc Barlow
Dean McDermott
Kim Coates


Kevin Costner

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Violence and some swearing.
Available on video and DVD
Released 19 Mar 2004
Certificate 12