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 <james@oz.net>

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Showdown in the High Sierras!




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Release Date:

28 July 1962 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

De red efter guld  »

Box Office


$813,000 (estimated)

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(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to David Weddle's book on Sam 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 »


Near the beginning, Randolph Scott claims to have been the Oregon Kid, who tamed Witchita among other cities. It should have been Wichita. See more »


Billy Hammond: You know, Elder, I hate to get married with one of my brothers smellin' bad enough to gag a dog off a Gut Wagon.
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Crazy Credits

Introducing Mariette Hartley See more »


Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gunslinger (1993) See more »


For She's a Jolly Good Fellow
Sung at the wedding
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Sam Peckinpah's first realized film and arguably still his best.
26 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

How the AFI missed this as one the Top 100 Movies, I'll never know. In a film career of peaks and valleys, I think this is STILL Peckinpah's best work. It contains all of the themes from the Wild Bunch, Cable Hogue and Junior Bonner, and while it does not possess the depth or complexity of the Wild Bunch, in some ways it works even better. Every character rings true, the photography is superb, and the writing matches that. Just a great, great film, and without the violence, and sometime- bitterness associated with Peckinpah's works. It is Randolph Scott's last film, and Mariette Hartley's first. He is riveting, and she is charming.

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