Silverado (1985)



Critic Consensus: Boasting rich detail and well-told story, Silverado is a rare example of an '80s Hollywood Western done right.

Movie Info

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, … More

Rating: PG-13 (violence)
Genre: Western, Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Mark Kasdan, Lawrence Kasdan
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 31, 1999
Box Office: $33.2M
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


as Sheriff Langston

as Stella

as McKendrick

as Ezra

as Tyree

as Scruffy

as Phoebe

as Dawson

as Cavalry Sergeant

as Boy at Outpost

as Deputy Kern

as Deputy Block

as Proprietor

as Barmaid

as Hat Thief

as Stable Boy

as Mr. Parker

as Mrs. Parker

as Baxter

as Tall Outlaw

as Bradley

as Bartender

as Deputy Garth

as Deputy Kyle

as Deputy Charlie

as Neighbor Woman

as Hoyt

as Guard Cowboy

as Hobart [uncredited]

as Stable Boy
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Critic Reviews for Silverado

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (6)

Agreeable but never compelling.

Full Review… | April 9, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 9, 2008
Top Critic

Kasdan resorts to a TV-like shorthand, substituting shtick for personality.

Full Review… | April 9, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This takes as its subject the Western itself; but what could have been a bankrupt exercise is saved by exuberance, goodwill, and sheer excitement.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A sweeping, glorious-looking western that's at least a full generation removed from the classic films it brings to mind.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

This is a story, you will agree, that has been told before. What distinguishes Kasdan's telling of it is the style and energy he brings to the project.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

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.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


A lot of fun even though the narrative sags a little. Full review later.

Thomas Bowler

Super Reviewer

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