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Ride the High Country -- From acclaimed action director Sam Peckinpah comes this tense explosive drama about two aging gunslingers who sign on to transport gold from a remote mining town.

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Director:
Writer:
N.B. Stone Jr. (written by)
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Release Date:
28 July 1962 (Japan) See more »
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Tagline:
Showdown in the High Sierras!
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
(30 articles)
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User Reviews:
Sam Peckinpah's first realized film and arguably still his best. See more (117 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)
Oscar Blank ... Miner (uncredited)
Chet Brandenburg ... Miner (uncredited)
Don Brodie ... Spieler (uncredited)
Chris Carter ... Rose (uncredited)
Byron Foulger ... Abner Samson (uncredited)
Frank Hagney ... Miner (uncredited)
Percy Helton ... Luther Samson (uncredited)

Victor Izay ... Jake (uncredited)
Don Kennedy ... Policeman on Street (uncredited)
Jack Kenny ... Miner (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Spieler (uncredited)
Mina Martinez ... Belle (uncredited)
Charles McQuary ... Townsman (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)
Chalky Williams ... Townsman (uncredited)

Directed by
Sam Peckinpah 
 
Writing credits
N.B. Stone Jr. (written by) (as N. B. Stone Jr.)

Sam Peckinpah  uncredited
William Roberts  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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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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 | Norway: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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
In the late 1980s Charlton Heston considered starring in a remake with Clint Eastwood. Heston accepted the title role in Major Dundee (1965) after seeing this film.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: In the scene in which Joel McCrea enters the bank's bathroom, attached to the reservoir tank for the toilet is a modern shut-off valve.See more »
Quotes:
Billy Hammond:Ain't you got no sense of family honour?See more »
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Soundtrack:
For She's a Jolly Good FellowSee more »

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28 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
Sam Peckinpah's first realized film and arguably still his best., 26 July 2005
Author: morrisc01 from United States

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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