Open Range


Open Range

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



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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.


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  • May 01, 2016
    Shamelessly recycles nearly every classic western trope in american history. The scrpit is embarrassingly trite too. Kevin Costner manages to somehow take his vacuous acting ability to a whole new level of retardation. There is almost something hypnotically shallow about watching him perform. I felt sorry for Duvall, but then I really don't think he gives much of a shit these days. Open Range might have had all the dramatic punch of a "little house on the prairie" episode; except it's about five times as long and diluted with unfathomably shallow and redundant "filler" material that's oddly reminiscent of some cornball 1950s Disney movie. The only thing Kevin Costner has chemistry with is plywood.
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  • Jul 20, 2015
    Kevin Costner not only impresses me with his great acting but also his great direction. Open Range features great in depth character development and great acting by its leads (Kevin Costner and Robert Duvall) and greatly filmed gunfights. This is a must see for any fan of westerns.
    Ian I Super Reviewer
  • Oct 06, 2012
    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. W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 08, 2012
    A slow moving western in the tradition of 'Unforgiven' and Costner's own 'Dances with Wolves' this builds up to a bloody climax with a great shoot out. Costner is good but Duvall steals the acting honours and the relationship between them is totally believable. A nice film that's well directed and acted.
    David S Super Reviewer

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