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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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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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Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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(31 articles)
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Revisonist splendour as Peckinpah starts his thematic obsession. 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)
 
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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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94 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
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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

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Trivia:
Sam Peckinpah liked to tease the naive, inexperienced Mariette Hartley. At one point, having been tipped off that Hartley had worn the wrong socks for a scene in which they would not even be seen, Peckinpah pretended to have a major fit, accusing her of ruining the shot. He also kept telling her that if she didn't perform to his liking, he would give her part to Joan Staley, another aspiring young actress of the time. But Hartley took the ribbing good-naturedly and had nothing but admiration and affection for her director.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Gil pours Judge Tolliver a whiskey he tosses aside the cork which falls down the back of the chest. When he replaces the bottle the cork is beside it.See more »
Quotes:
Steve Judd:[to Gil as they bed down in the barn] If my sleeping bothers you, don't bother to let me know it.See more »
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Soundtrack:
For She's a Jolly Good FellowSee more »

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