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Open Range (2003)



Critic Consensus: Greatly benefiting from the tremendous chemistry between Kevin Costner and Robert Duvall, Open Range is a sturdy modern Western with classic roots.

Movie Info

Boss Spearman, Charley Waite, Mose Harrison and Button freegraze their cattle across the vast prairies of the West, sharing a friendship forged by a steadfast code of honor and living a life unencumbered by civilization. When their wayward herd forces them near the small town of Harmonville, the cowboys encounter a corrupt sheriff and kingpin rancher who govern the territory through fear, tyranny and violence. Boss and Charley find themselves inextricably drawn towards an inevitable showdown, as they are forced to defend the freedom and values of a lifestyle that is all too quickly vanishing. Amidst the turmoil, life suddenly takes an unexpected turn for the loner Charley when he meets the beautiful and warm spirited Sue Barlow, a woman who embraces both his heart and his soul.more
Rating: R (for violence)
Genre: Western, Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Craig Storper
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 20, 2004
Box Office: $58.3M
Buena Vista Pictures - Official Site


Robert Duvall
as Boss Spearman
Kevin Costner
as Charley Waite
Annette Bening
as Sue Barlow
Michael Gambon
as Denton Baxter
Diego Luna
as Button
James Russo
as Sheriff Poole
Dean McDermott
as Doc Barlow
Kim Coates
as Butler
Herb Kohler
as Cafe Man
Pat Stutz
as Ralph's Wife
Tim Koetting
as Bartender Bill
Lorette Clow
as Mack's Wife
Alexis Cerkiewicz
as Mack's Daughter
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Critic Reviews for Open Range

All Critics (179) | Top Critics (38)

Handsomely mounted, as you would expect, Open Range has a good deal to commend it.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Just about everything in this movie has its antecedent: a little bit of Shane here, a chunk of High Noon there, and so on. And yet it's all rather pleasing, in a regressive sort of way.

Full Review… | August 7, 2004
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Some killing, but most violence is PG-13.

Full Review… | December 26, 2010
Common Sense Media

The thunderous climax -one of the muddiest, bloodiest and most chaotic gunfights of the 2000s -makes it clear that Kevin Costner's plaintive, patient, slightly overlong Western was only sitting for a spell to race toward the finish.

Full Review… | September 17, 2010

Range is handed a stunning period scope by Costner's directorial eye, while forming an unexpectedly tender core to help endear these character past their grizzled exterior.

Full Review… | December 17, 2009

An unbelievable old-fashioned western...

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Audience Reviews for Open Range


Overlong but with a nice sweep, excellent music choices and good performances.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

As a Western character study you couldn't do much better, the give and take between Duvall and Costner, the old man and the kid (10 years on), the glue holding the piece, with Bening doing very well as a strong frontier woman. And Gambon is a surprise as the ruthless cattle baron. Well worth your time.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Story: Super boring
Final shootout scene? One of the greatest western action set-pieces of all time. Watch for that scene and that scene alone.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

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