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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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Release Date:
28 July 1962 (Japan) See more »
Showdown in the High Sierras!
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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Early Peckingpaugh & Hartley, late McCrea & Scott See more (117 total) »


  (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
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)

Additional Details

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94 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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?

Sam Peckinpah, who tended to edit in his head as he went along, didn't shoot much extra coverage beyond the footage he knew he needed for each scene. After viewing the rushes, MGM management sent him a note: "Who do you think you are, John Ford?"See more »
Revealing mistakes: The "snow" shown on the ground in a number of scenes in the mining camp is obviously foam. This is clear from, for example, the scene when Billy Hammond (James Drury) throws his brother Jimmy (John Davis Chandler) out of the "honeymoon" tent onto his back. The "snow" splatters like foam, not snow.See more »
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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28 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
Early Peckingpaugh & Hartley, late McCrea & Scott, 24 July 2000
Author: maharani_md ( from Bethesda, MD

>What a winning combination! Peckingpaugh's unerring eye for character >development, an uncompromising script, great valedictory performances by >Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea all add up to the best western I have ever >seen. Mariette Hartley has said that she has never been able to equal her >first movie performance, and it's easy to see why -- she is perfection >itself as catalyst for all that happens around her. John Anderson and >Warren Oates are also excellent. A very insightful poem of human behavior >on the frontier. See it if you haven't already.

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