The Hi-Lo Country (1998)



Critic Consensus: The actors fail to live up to the archetypes they portray.

Movie Info

Acclaimed director Stephen Frears helms the film version of the admired novel that for years Sam Peckinpah tried to get made. The film is an intimate story of the enduring bond of friendship between two hard-living men, set against a sweeping backdrop: the American West, post-World War II, in its twilight. Pete and Big Boy are masters of the prairie, but ultimately face trickier terrain: the human heart. Patricia Arquette co-stars as the woman who will eventually come between the two men.

Rating: R (for some sexuality, a scene of violence, and for brief language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Max Evans, Walon Green
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 29, 1999
Gramercy Pictures



as Big Boy Matson

as Pete Calder

as Little Boy Matson

as Josepha O'Neil

as Billy Harte

as Hoover Young

as Jim Ed Love

as Les Birk

as Meesa

as Mrs. Matson

as Herdsman

as Chickie Cobain

as Rodeo Wrangler

as Rodeo Wrangler

as Auctioneer

as Jack Coffee

as Nick the Bartender

as Delfino Mondragon

as Art Logan

as Bartender

as Man on Horse

as Steve Shaw

as Rodeo Announcer

as Mrs. Young

as Sheriff Fitts

as Choreographer/Dancer

as Singer at Sano Dance

as Singer at Sano Dance

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Critic Reviews for The Hi-Lo Country

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (19)

An outstanding performance by Woody Harrelson!

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Tepid and unconvincing!

January 1, 2000
Mr. Showbiz
Top Critic

Big emotion, big country, medium payoff.

January 1, 2000
Top Critic

This movie gets thrown unceremoniously to the ground.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

A perfunctory, often dreary love-triangle melodrama.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Village Voice
Top Critic

Everything is in place for a mythic drama, except the players, who don't begin to fill the boots of the archetypes they're meant to be.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Hi-Lo Country


A miss from the usually stellar Frears. Slow moving and dull. The uninspired acting from everybody but Woody doesn't help.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

great movie.

Leo L

Super Reviewer

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