An ex-lawman agrees to escort a shipment of gold cross-country, but runs into trouble when the men hired to help him turn out be not be as moral as their boss, and plot to steal the gold.
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What a Way To Go
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 15/04/2009 11:37:42
This was both Randolph Scott's and Joel McCrea's final film and they couldn't have wished for a better send-off. But "Ride the High Country" is not simply a fond farewell to two Western stalwarts but to the sort of square-jawed characters they played, lawmen whose departure allowed the outlaws of Peckinpah's later films and Leone's mercenaries to take centre stage.
Peckinpah's first cinema film was the largely anonymous "The Deadly Companions". However, "Ride the High Country" is indelibly Peckinpah, full of shifting loyalties, forced allegiances, suspicions, jealousies, down-on-their-luck men and troublesome women: think "The Wild Bunch" without the slow motion and the blood and you're on the right track.
The film also marks the first real outing of what became the director's stock company, with Warren Oates, L Q Jones, R G Armstrong and John Davis Chandler in supporting roles.
This is quite simply a superb film with an ending that will reduce you to tears and as such is not to be missed.
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My fave western
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 09/12/2008 11:42:49
This is a stunning film. Full of the romance and the tragedy of the old west. McCrea and Scott have never been better and in my opinion it is Pekinpah's finest film.
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Another Peckinpah gem
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 18/09/2008 14:15:11
I cannot understand why nobody has taken the trouble to review this superb western. I wonder how many people will take the time to read this review. Perhaps I just like to see my own thoughts there before me. Like the Joel McCrea character 'I can enter my house justified'.
This film was made by Peckinpah on a smaller scale than his later 'The Wild bunch' a film which was his masterwork. This film made eight years earlier is a more compact work but has a similar theme of ageing characters and the closing of the Old West. Peckinpah uses a simple tale again. McCrea plays the principled hero who would rather go penniless than compromise his good reputation. A good name is worth more than gold or silver. Scott is his less principled sidekick. Both these veteran actors give rich performances. Their mission to collect a gold shipment and transport to town. This throws in baddies, a pretty girl,double crossing and magnificent scenery. To say nothing of a beautiful musical score. It has been reviewed positively by critics many times in the past but appears to have been neglected of late. Like many of Peckinpahs films it stands the vital test of time. I was a great John Ford fan, but I have to be honest here and say they have not aged as well. I wont say more about the plot other than to urge you to watch this film. It is a film of great moral fibre. McCrea was the right actor to convey that. It has probably my favourite ending of any film I have seen. There is not much that can bring a lump to my throat these days. I have lived too long and seen too much. Thankfully this film still can.
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