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Ride the High Country (1962)

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An ex-lawman is hired to transport gold from a mining community through dangerous territory. But what he doesn't realize is that his partner and old friend is plotting to double-cross him.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Aging ex-marshal Steve Judd is hired by a bank to transport a gold shipment through dangerous territory. He hires an old partner, Gil Westrum, and his young protege Heck to assist him. Steve doesn't know, however, that Gil and Heck plan to steal the gold, with or without Steve's help. On the trail, the three get involved in a young woman's desire to escape first from her father, then from her fiance and his dangerously psychotic brothers. Written by James Meek <james@oz.net>

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Showdown in the High Sierras!


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28 July 1962 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

De red efter guld  »

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$813,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The canvas used to make the tents in the mining camp came from leftover sails from MGM's Mutiny on the Bounty (1962). In addition, an outer set used for How the West Was Won (1962) was also utilized. See more »

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(at around 14 mins) In the restaurant fight, the wall moves when one of the fighters bounces off of it. See more »

Quotes

Steve Judd: [Sees Heck carelessly discarding a paper wrapper on the ground] Pick that up! These mountains don't need your trash.
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Referenced in A Justified Life: Sam Peckinpah and the High Country (2006) See more »

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When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder
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Written by James Milton Black
Sung by the Hammonds on the way to the wedding
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An "A" Farewell for Two "B" Western Stars
11 October 2006 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea will probably be remembered as the top "B" western stars in movies. But their last film "Ride the High Country" stands as an "A" western and a very good one too.

Perhaps they owe this final chance to director Sam Peckinpah who turns the story into a splendid film in its genre shot in beautiful outdoor sceneries, with very well managed action scenes, a credible script, great settings and a fine musical score too.

Two moments are particularly outstanding in my opinion: the sort of "Fellinesc" sequence at the wedding with all those bizarre characters and the final showdown where Scott and McCrea face the mean Hammond brothers (John Anderson, James Drury and Warren Oates) in the "old fashioned way".

A well deserved "A" product for both actors -that amused and thrilled us western fans- through their long careers in the genre.


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