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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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Western

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14 July 1962 (Japan)  »

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Guns in the Afternoon  »

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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

This film was shot in 26 days. See more »

Goofs

When Elsa is cleaning the barn, she has two shadows even though it's daylight and no lanterns in the barn are lit. See more »

Quotes

Elsa Knudsen: What's gonna happen to him?
Steve Judd: The boy? I'll testify for him. They shouldn't be too hard.
Elsa Knudsen: Will you testify for Mr. Westrum?
Steve Judd: No, I wont.
Elsa Knudsen: Why?
Steve Judd: Because he was my friend.
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Introducing Mariette Hartley See more »

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Soundtracks

When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder
(uncredited)
Written by James Milton Black
Sung by the Hammonds on the way to 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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