Critic Consensus: Boasting rich detail and well-told story, Silverado is a rare example of an '80s Hollywood Western done right.
Lawrence Kasdan's Silverado is a fond hark back to the all-star, big-budget westerns of the 1950s and 1960s. The various plotlines converge at the town of Silverado, held in thrall by crooked sheriff Brian Dennehy and his behemoth "deputies." The four disparate heroes--Kevin Kline, Kevin Costner, Scott Glenn and Danny Glover--prepare to do battle against Dennehy for personal reasons ranging from mercenary to altruistic. Sidelines characters include duplicitous, dandified gambler Jeff Goldblum, frontier widow Rosanna Arquette and gimlet-eyed saloon owner Linda Hunt. The film is stolen hands-down by Kevin Costner, playing an irresponsible young gunslinger who never speaks when hootin' and hollerin' will do. A classic, High Noon-style showdown caps this rousing retro western. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi … More
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as Cavalry Sergeant
as Boy at Outpost
as Deputy Kern
as Deputy Block
as Hat Thief
as Stable Boy
as Mr. Parker
as Mrs. Parker
as Tall Outlaw
as Deputy Garth
as Deputy Kyle
as Deputy Charlie
as Neighbor Woman
as Guard Cowboy
as Hobart [uncredited]
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Critic Reviews for Silverado
Real rewards of the film are in the visuals and rarely has the West appeared so alive, yet unlike what one carries in his mind's eye. Ida Random's production design is thoroughly convincing in detail.
Kasdan resorts to a TV-like shorthand, substituting shtick for personality.
This takes as its subject the Western itself; but what could have been a bankrupt exercise is saved by exuberance, goodwill, and sheer excitement.
A sweeping, glorious-looking western that's at least a full generation removed from the classic films it brings to mind.
Audience Reviews for Silverado
Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn, Danny Glover and Kevin Costner . . They all shine in their roles and its oneo f the best westerns out there. Its funny in all the right places. This was Costner before he got big. And it shows again what a great actor Kevin Kline is.
More than a Western, a Western goulash with practically every Western cliche you can think of thrown in, and practically every A-list male lead at the time along for the roundup. A little bit of dusty fun.
A lot of fun even though the narrative sags a little. Full review later.
|Bradley:||I think there's only two guys up there and this asshole's one of them.|
|Paden:||So they jumped you out of the blue?|
|Emmett:||I had to get up anyway.|
|Sheriff Langston:||It's hard on the peace and it's hard on the furniture|
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