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N.B. Stone Jr. (written by)
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Release Date:
28 July 1962 (Japan) See more »
Tagline:
Showdown in the High Sierras!
Plot:
An ex-lawman 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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Revisonist splendour as Peckinpah starts his thematic obsession. See more (110 total) »

Cast

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Randolph Scott ... Gil Westrum

Joel McCrea ... Steve Judd

Mariette Hartley ... Elsa Knudsen
Ron Starr ... Heck Longtree

Edgar Buchanan ... Judge Tolliver

R.G. Armstrong ... Joshua Knudsen
Jenie Jackson ... Kate

James Drury ... Billy Hammond

L.Q. Jones ... Sylvus Hammond

John Anderson ... Elder Hammond
John Davis Chandler ... Jimmy Hammond

Warren Oates ... Henry Hammond
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alice Allyn ... Candy (uncredited)
Don Brodie ... Spieler (uncredited)
Chris Carter ... Rose (uncredited)
Byron Foulger ... Abner Sampson (uncredited)
Frank Hagney ... Miner (uncredited)
Percy Helton ... Luther Sampson (uncredited)

Victor Izay ... Jake (uncredited)
Don Kennedy ... Policeman on Street (uncredited)
Jack Kenny ... Miner (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Spieler (uncredited)
Mina Martinez ... Belle (uncredited)
Michael T. Mikler ... Hank (uncredited)
Spec O'Donnell ... Pianist (uncredited)

Carmen Phillips ... Saloon Girl (uncredited)
Myrna Ross ... Dancehall Girl (uncredited)
Wayne Tucker ... Wes (uncredited)
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Directed by
Sam Peckinpah 
 
Writing credits
N.B. Stone Jr. (written by) (as N. B. Stone Jr.)

Sam Peckinpah  uncredited
Robert Creighton Williams  uncredited

Produced by
Richard E. Lyons .... producer
 
Original Music by
George Bassman 
 
Cinematography by
Lucien Ballard (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Frank Santillo 
 
Art Direction by
Leroy Coleman 
George W. Davis 
 
Set Decoration by
Henry Grace 
Otto Siegel 
 
Makeup Department
Mary Keats .... hair styles
William Tuttle .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hal W. Polaire .... assistant director (as Hal Polaire)
 
Art Department
Matty Azzarone .... leadman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Franklin Milton .... recording supervisor
 
Stunts
Bill Catching .... stunts (uncredited)
Al Wyatt Sr. .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Charles K. Hagedon .... color consultant
 
Music Department
George Bassman .... conductor
Albert Sendrey .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
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  • U.S. Forest Service  we wish to express our thanks to, for its cooperation in filming scenes in Inyo National Forest (as the Forest Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture)
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Runtime:
94 min
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Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Portugal:M/12 | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating: Ride the High Country) (1996) | USA:Approved (certificate #20105) | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
The canvas used to make the tents in the mining camp came from leftover sails from MGM's Mutiny on the Bounty (1962). In addition, an outer set used for How the West Was Won (1962) was also utilized.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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:
Abner Sampson:The only law up there is too drunk to hit the ground with his hat.See more »
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Soundtrack:
When the Roll Is Called Up YonderSee more »

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Revisonist splendour as Peckinpah starts his thematic obsession., 4 March 2008
Author: JohnRouseMerriottChard from United Kingdom

"All I want is to Enter My House Justified"

Sam Peckinpah's second feature film is today standing up as a must see and must own for those interested in the Western genre.

The film sees ageing lawman Steve Judd land a job of escorting a gold shipment safely to a bank in Hornitos. After running into old friend, and fellow aged lawman Gil Westrun, he hires both he and his young sparky sidekick Heck Longtree to hopefully see the job through to a successful conclusion. Yet Gil has other ideas, for where Steve is upstanding and adhering to the values he has lived his life by, Gil sees this as one last chance to actually get a big payday. The journey takes a further twist as the three men meet and then save Elsa Knudsen from a brutal marriage, it's an incident that puts them all on a collision course with the Hammond brothers.

What we have here is Sam Peckinpah's first film dealing with men who have outlived their time. We witness some emotionally poignant stuff as the two main protagonists know that they have aged beyond their world, yet as alike as they are, they have different ideals in how to deal with the advent of time. The masterstroke here is the casting of genre legends Joel McRea & Randolph Scott as Steve & Gil respectively. It's evident from the off that both men are identifying with their characters, with both men hitting top emotional form to fully realise the thematic heart of the story. Mariette Hartley makes her film debut as Elsa, and she fits in nicely with the quality on show behind and in front of the camera. Lucien Ballard's cinematography is gorgeous as the various California locations envelope the protagonists in a sort of elegiac way, and Peckinpah directs with his heart as well as his head.

Bookended by two heart-achingly super sequences, of which the finale has rightly passed into Western genre legend, this really is a strong and beautiful film. One that shows a truly great director was at work. For here he was left alone, and the final result is a quality Western beating far more than just a cowboy heart. The supporting cast is strong, notably Edgar Buchanan, L.Q. Jones & John Anderson. While the undervalued George Bassman provides a fittingly tonal music score. If there is a criticism, it's that Peckinpah doesn't let the younger characters breath, but given the film's core focus on aged men in an aged passing era: well it's easily forgiven. A precursor to The Wild Bunch for sure, but while the theme is the same for both film's, this one impacts in a very different way. Highly recommended, not just for the Oater crowd, but for fans of classic cinema too. 9/10

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