Ride the High Country (1962)
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This Sam Peckinpah-directed feature outing was intended as the cinematic swan song for both Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea; while McCrea would unexpectedly emerge from retirement, this 1961 western serves as an excellent valedictory for both men. The time is the early 1900s, when the Old West was slowly and stubbornly giving way to the new. McCrea plays Steve Judd, an ex-lawman living on the fringes of poverty but maintaining his dignity and honesty. Hired to escort a gold shipment from the
Jan 10, 2006
MGM Home Entertainment
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Symbols of a waning era who eventually clash over right and wrong, Messrs. McCrea and Scott mesh perfectly, with the latter getting the drollest lines -- and there are plenty.
Using everything that came before and predicting everything that came after, Ride the High Country can now be seen as the lynchpin in the history of the entire Western genre.
...great entertainment: humorous, adventurous, inventive, and enthralling.
Ride the High Country vigorously and colorfully brings alive the Old West of cinematic myth.
A film of abundant visual beauty through whose heart blows a chill valedictory breeze.
A much-loved revisionist Western, director Peckinpah's second feature film proved to be a bittersweet swan song for the Old West and a classy farewell to the screen for actors Scott and -- for some years -- McCrea.
Audience Reviews for Ride the High Country
- Steve Judd: All I want is to enter my house justified.
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