The Hi-Lo Country

Critics Consensus

The actors fail to live up to the archetypes they portray.



Total Count: 35


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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.


Woody Harrelson
as Big Boy Matson
Billy Crudup
as Pete Calder
Cole Hauser
as Little Boy Matson
Penelope Cruz
as Josepha O'Neil
Darren E. Burrows
as Billy Harte
James Gammon
as Hoover Young
Sam Elliott
as Jim Ed Love
John Diehl
as Les Birk
Rosaleen Linehan
as Mrs. Matson
Sandy Baron
as Herdsman
Will Cascio
as Chickie Cobain
Buff Doutritt
as Rodeo Wrangler
H.P. Eveetts
as Rodeo Wrangler
Walter C. Hall
as Auctioneer
Robert Knott
as Jack Coffee
Sarge McGraw
as Nick the Bartender
Jacob Vargas
as Delfino Mondragon
Craig Carter
as Art Logan
Richard Purdy
as Bartender
Keith Walters
as Man on Horse
Lane Smith
as Steve Shaw
Bob Tallman
as Rodeo Announcer
Kate Williamson
as Mrs. Young
Don Pope
as Sheriff Fitts
Leslie Cook
as Choreographer/Dancer
Monica Sundown
as Singer at Sano Dance
Amanda Cordova
as Singer at Sano Dance
Gaye Grant
as Singer at Rodeo Dance
Leon Rausch
as Singer at Rodeo Dance
Chris O'Connell
as Singer at Rodeo Dance
Marty Stuart
as Singer at Rodeo Dance
Donald R. Walser
as Singer at Rodeo Dance
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Critic Reviews for The Hi-Lo Country

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Audience Reviews for The Hi-Lo Country

  • Jul 08, 2013
    A miss from the usually stellar Frears. Slow moving and dull. The uninspired acting from everybody but Woody doesn't help.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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