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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
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According to David Weddle's book on Peckinpah, "If They Move, Kill 'Em!', four days into shooting, a snowstorm on the original Inyo National Forest location forced the entire cast and crew back to Los Angeles to resume shooting the film in the Santa Monica Mountains, which resulted in the soapsuds substitution for real Sierra Nevada snow in the scenes at the Coarsegold mining camp. The substitution not surprisingly irritated Peckinpah immensely, but he pressed on. Despite these problems, the film finished a mere four days over schedule, and only $52,000 over budget. See more »
Joel McCrae, when a riding horse with heavy leather riding gloves on, opened a pocket knife. This is impossible unless it was handed to him partially opened. See more »
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This early work is the proof that Peckinpah was capable of making a quality movie without using graphic violence. After his promising debut with "The Deadly Companions" "Ride the high Country" became Sam´s first masterpiece. The plot develops the standard themes of Peckinpah movies. It´s about friendship, trust, betrayal, the aging of men, the rise of modern times etc. In the beginning you think it´s just a pretty conventional western about ageing heroes with some unusual assets and locations (the camel and the chinese restaurant), but when we enter Knudsen´s farm the mood of the film immediately becomes darker and it´s getting really wild, almost hysterical, when we reach coarse gold (a place as terrible as Agua Verde in "The Wild Bunch") and get to know the Hammond Brothers (who are as terrible as the carpenters in "Straw Dogs").
The camera and the editing of the movie are great (I bet,Leone liked the showdown) and the cast is very good. Scott and McCrea are perfect for their roles and the Hammond Brothers are really scary. L.Q. Jones has an incredible death scene and Warren Oates is really, really mean. There´s only one thing I don´t really like in this movie: The way Peckinpah handles the love story. The acting of Starr and Hartley is so old-fashioned! It would be o.k. if this was a forties-movie, but in an early sixties movie that is fairly modern except for that, it just doesn´t work. 8/10
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