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Ride the High Country (1962)

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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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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

Veteran actor Byron Foulger (born 1899) plays the son of Percy Hrlton (born 1894), making him only five years older than Foulger. See more »

Goofs

There are a number of indications that this film is set no later than the late 1890s or early 1900s - for example, the date of Elsa's mother death on her tombstone and the open automobile (characteristic of early twentieth century models). The heavily-worn dime that Judd (Joel McCrea) bets in the booth run by Westrum (Randolph Scott) in the opening scenes, however, is a "Mercury" (Winged Liberty) dime, first coined in 1916. The dime shown, moreover, could not have become so worn without several more years in circulation. See more »

Quotes

Elder Hammond: You can't take a wife away from her husband on his wedding night.
Judge Tolliver: Clear case of breaking and entering.
Elder Hammond: Elsa's legally married to Billy. Right, Judge?
Judge Tolliver: I now pr'nounce you man 'n wife... and, don't you forget it.
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Referenced in A Justified Life: Sam Peckinpah and the High Country (2006) See more »

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For She's a Jolly Good Fellow
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Sung at the wedding
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Early Peckingpaugh & Hartley, late McCrea & Scott
24 July 2000 | by (Bethesda, MD) – See all my reviews

>What a winning combination! Peckingpaugh's unerring eye for character >development, an uncompromising script, great valedictory performances by >Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea all add up to the best western I have ever >seen. Mariette Hartley has said that she has never been able to equal her >first movie performance, and it's easy to see why -- she is perfection >itself as catalyst for all that happens around her. John Anderson and >Warren Oates are also excellent. A very insightful poem of human behavior >on the frontier. See it if you haven't already.


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