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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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Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
(28 articles)
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Locarno to Pay Tribute to Sam Peckinpah With Complete Retro
 (From Variety - Film News. 28 January 2015, 8:39 AM, PST)

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old men and new west See more (112 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)
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
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)
 
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

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Trivia:
Average Shot Length = ~5.9 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~5.3 seconds.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: (at around 14 mins) In the restaurant fight, the wall moves when one of the fighters bounces off of it.See more »
Quotes:
Steve Judd:[after knocking out Heck with one punch] When I questioned you about that boy, I should've gone a bit deeper into the subject of character. I hope that's a mistake I won't live to regret.
Steve Judd:[wryly] Good fight! I enjoyed it!
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For She's a Jolly Good FellowSee more »

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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
old men and new west, 29 September 2001
Author: (hemul@gmx.li) from Germany

This early work is the proof that Peckinpah was capable of making a quality movie without using graphic violence. After his promising debut with "The Deadly Companions" "Ride the high Country" became Sam´s first masterpiece. The plot develops the standard themes of Peckinpah movies. It´s about friendship, trust, betrayal, the aging of men, the rise of modern times etc. In the beginning you think it´s just a pretty conventional western about ageing heroes with some unusual assets and locations (the camel and the chinese restaurant), but when we enter Knudsen´s farm the mood of the film immediately becomes darker and it´s getting really wild, almost hysterical, when we reach coarse gold (a place as terrible as Agua Verde in "The Wild Bunch") and get to know the Hammond Brothers (who are as terrible as the carpenters in "Straw Dogs").

The camera and the editing of the movie are great (I bet,Leone liked the showdown) and the cast is very good. Scott and McCrea are perfect for their roles and the Hammond Brothers are really scary. L.Q. Jones has an incredible death scene and Warren Oates is really, really mean. There´s only one thing I don´t really like in this movie: The way Peckinpah handles the love story. The acting of Starr and Hartley is so old-fashioned! It would be o.k. if this was a forties-movie, but in an early sixties movie that is fairly modern except for that, it just doesn´t work. 8/10

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