Silverado (1985)



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

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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
PG-13 (violence)
Action & Adventure , Drama , Western
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Kevin Kline
as Paden
Scott Glenn
as Emmett
John Cleese
as Sheriff Langston
Linda Hunt
as Stella
Ray Baker
as McKendrick
Joe Seneca
as Ezra
Jeff Fahey
as Tyree
Pepe Serna
as Scruffy
Amanda Wyss
as Phoebe
James Gammon
as Dawson
Brad Williams
as Trooper
Sheb Wooley
as Cavalry Sergeant
Jon Kasdan
as Boy at Outpost
Todd Allen
as Deputy Kern
Kenny Call
as Deputy Block
Bill Thurman
as Proprietor
Meg Kasdan
as Barmaid
Autry Ward
as Hat Thief
Jake Kasdan
as Stable Boy
Rusty Meyers
as Conrad
Zeke Davidson
as Mr. Parker
Lois Geary
as Mrs. Parker
Troy Ward
as Baxter
Roy McAdams
as Tall Outlaw
Jim Haynie
as Bradley
Jerry Biggs
as Bartender
Sam Gauny
as Deputy Garth
Ken Farmer
as Deputy Kyle
Bill McIntosh
as Deputy Charlie
Jane Beauchamp
as Neighbor Woman
Ted White
as Hoyt
Bob Terhune
as Guard Cowboy
Ben Zeller
as Townsman
Jerry Block
as Townsman
Charlie Seybert
as Shopkeeper
Dick Durock
as Bar Fighter
Gene Hartline
as Bar Fighter
Brion James
as Hobart [uncredited]
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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 23, 2006
Time Out
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A sweeping, glorious-looking western that's at least a full generation removed from the classic films it brings to mind.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
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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… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for Silverado

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
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


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

Thomas Bowler
Thomas Bowler

Super Reviewer

Classics modern-day western that is VERY AWARE of what it is. What a line-up of talent to go with such a great story. I had a BLAST!

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

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