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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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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Complete credited cast:
Elsa Knudsen
Ron Starr ...
Heck Longtree
Joshua Knudsen
Jenie Jackson ...
Sylvus Hammond
John Davis Chandler ...
Jimmy Hammond


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 <>

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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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The film was shot on various locations in and around Los Angeles, including Malibu Canyon and the Twentieth Century Fox back lot. Smoke from fires raging in Topanga Canyon and Bel Air darkened much of the sky over the area, seriously complicating shooting. See more »


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 »


Steve Judd: [to Gil as they bed down in the barn] If my sleeping bothers you, don't bother to let me know it.
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For She's a Jolly Good Fellow
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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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