Open Range.


I doubt very much that, in 2003 when this film was released, I would have enjoyed it as much as I did watching it yesterday.  Thanks to a friend who after reading my post on Silverado insisted that I see this to see how a Western can be made with very little, but effective gunfights but with a lot of dialogues.

Throw in Robert Duvall and Kevin Costner, I was hooked and readily agreed to  and saw it at home. I am glad that I did.

Both Duvall and Costner produce absolutely stunning performances with able if somewhat subdued support from Annette Bening.  Despite it running for 140 minutes, I would say that it is an attention grabbing and compactly made film.

Effective photography, subtle humour, great dialogue deliveries and superb direction pushes me into giving it a five out of five rating.

If you have not seen it, please do. A very unusual Western but Western nevertheless.

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14 Responses to Open Range.

  1. shackman says:

    Another good one – I particularly liked Abraham Benrubi (Mose) among the supporting cast. Yep – a quieter western than Silverado but excellent and equally as good if not actually better. Not a popcorn movie but a real drama. I always seek out Costner and Duvall movies.

    Incidentally, a remake of The Magnificent Seven will hit theaters short
    ly starring Denzel Washington.

    Pale Rider and Unforgiven – both Clint Eastood films are ell worth watching if you have not seen them too. 993s Tombstone – with Kurt Russell as Wyatt Earp and ValKilmer as Doc Halliday is excellent as well.

    • I have already seen the Mag Seven and reviewed it too at Another film that is being released here before it is done in the USA is Inferno, being released today. I think that I will see it over the weekend. Unforgiven is a fantastic film and I will see if I can see the others too. Thank you.

  2. Looney says:

    It is good to be able to go to an Indian blog to find out about Western movies.
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  3. I agree with Looney!
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  4. another fine film to bear in mind if I ever decide to get into this “watching craft”

  5. Max Coutinho says:

    Hi Rummy,

    Love the three main actors in it, so I will certainly follow your advice: thank you.

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  6. tammy j says:

    duvall can do no wrong in my book.
    i’ve never seen him in a film that he didn’t save it or make it.
    and on a side note… have you ever seen ‘the american president’ ?
    it starred michael douglas and annette bening. it is excellent.
    see it if you can.
    makes the current election contenders even more pathetic.
    thank you for the great review here rummy. i will check this one out for sure!
    tammy j recently bun inny wun?

    • I have seen the film a long time ago. Other than Martin Sheen’s and Michael Douglas’ histrionics, I was not impressed with the story or how it was presented. The last speech was electrifying.

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