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Ride the High Country (1962)

Approved | | Western | 14 July 1962 (Japan)
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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Guns in the Afternoon  »

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$813,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

To emphasize the enmity between the Hammond brothers and the lawmen, Sam Peckinpah kept all the actors playing the mining family away from the others, having them eat by themselves and do everything as a unit. He would continually remind them, "You hate everybody here!" See more »

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On the honeymoon evening: Billy throws his brother out one side of the tent, but from the outside, that flap is tied shut and his brother falls out the other side. See more »

Quotes

Abner Sampson: The only law up there is too drunk to hit the ground with his hat.
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Introducing Mariette Hartley See more »

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Featured in The 78th Annual Academy Awards (2006) See more »

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When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder
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Sung by the Hammonds on the way to 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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