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Open Range

  • Drama
  • Western
  • 2003
  • Kevin Costner
  • 133 mins
  • 12A

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.

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Review

A star rating of 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.

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Credits

Cast

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Boss SpearmanRobert Duvall
Charley WaiteKevin Costner
Sue BarlowAnnette Bening
Denton BaxterMichael Gambon
PercyMichael Jeter
ButtonDiego Luna
Sheriff PooleJames Russo
MoseAbraham Benrubi
Doc BarlowDean McDermott
ButlerKim Coates

Crew

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DirectorKevin Costner

Details

Theatrical distributor
Winchester
Released on
2004-03-19
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence and some swearing.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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