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Ride the High Country (1962)

Approved  |   |  Western  |  28 July 1962 (Japan)
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An ex-union soldier 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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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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Western

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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

Sam Peckinpah, who tended to edit in his head as he went along, didn't shoot much extra coverage beyond the footage he knew he needed for each scene. After viewing the rushes, MGM management sent him a note: "Who do you think you are, John Ford?" See more »

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When Elsa is cleaning the barn, she has two shadows even though it's daylight and no lanterns in the barn are lit. See more »

Quotes

Steve Judd: That boy you trained personally shows a substantial lack of judgment.
Gil Westrum: Kinda' showin' *your* age, aren't ya? Interfering with a young man's love life...
Steve Judd: Well, I'm not payin' him ten dollars a day to go moonin' after some girl whose old man is about to hind-end him with a load of buckshot.
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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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