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Silverado (1985)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  10 July 1985 (USA)
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A misfit bunch of friends come together to right the injustices which exist in a small town.


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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marvin J. McIntyre ...
Trooper (as Brad Williams)
Sheb Wooley ...
Cavalry Sergeant
Boy at Outpost
Sheriff Langston
Deputy Kern
Bill Thurman ...
Meg Kasdan ...
Bar Fighter
Bar Fighter
Autry Ward ...
Hat Thief


In 1880, four men travel together to the city of Silverado. They come across with many dangers before they finally engage the "bad guys" and bring peace and equality back to the city. Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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A dangerous place, in a lawless time... 'Til four friends risked all to make things right. See more »


Action | Crime | Drama | Western


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Release Date:

10 July 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Outlaws  »

Box Office


$26,000,000 (estimated)


$33,200,000 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Actress Meg Kasdan said that when her-the barmaid in the scene where Mal comes in to get a drink and a bed, and her two sons who play young kids who each had one line like their mother, appear briefly in this film and also in The Big Chill (1983), it was their way of sending 'a postcard' to friends and family to show them how they were doing. See more »


During the final showdown we see shadows from the buildings on the left, but in the next shot there are no shadows at all. See more »


[first lines]
[Emmett saves Paden's life with a sip of water from his canteen after discovering him abandoned and baking in the desert]
Paden: Pleased to meet you.
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References El Dorado (1966) See more »

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There shoulda been a sequel

There are two reasons I say there should have been a sequel: One is that, simply, this was so great, so nearly perfect that it deserved and deserves follow-up.

From largest role to smallest (and I don't mean Linda Hunt), the acting was superlative ... and here I have to pause to say it took several viewings for me to finally admit that, yes, even Kevin Costner, whom I generally and thoroughly dislike, was darn good as a cowboy.

I saw this first in a theater, in Hollywood, with people from the industry, and absolutely LOVED it ... except for Kevin Costner.

I was in awe of the script, of the acting, of the photography, of ... well, of everything ... except Kevin Costner.

Well, I watched it recently on Turner Classic Movies and, reluctantly, decided it was just prejudice, however deserved, and in truth Costner really made a very good cowboy.

There is a little secret here I won't completely divulge: Watch how actors mount their horses, and you'll see if they really know western riding and, for that matter, if the director knows his business.

One of the actors deserving special praise is Brian Dennehy. As far as I am concerned, he can do no wrong. He is one of the very best actors in the business during the last 20 or 30 years, just an absolutely fabulous talent.

Perhaps I shouldn't be surprised, but even Jeff Goldblum was great in this role. Oh, I know he's good, but I would have thought, and did think, that a western setting would find him out of place. Wrong.

Sheb Wooley has a small part and it was great to see him in what turned out to be one of his last roles. He, of course, was right at home.

Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn, and Danny Glover also looked right at home, as if they had been born making westerns.

Linda Hunt, another actor who can seemingly do no wrong, was in another movie this same year, 1985, the terribly unfairly ignored "Eleni," and it and "Silverado" both were much better than the movie that carried nearly all the awards, and which I won't name here.

That other film might have deserved the Oscar for its score, but even the score of "Silverado" was first class and would have got my vote if I were allowed to cast a ballot. Bruce Broughton, who has scored mostly for television, looked to be on the way to picking up the mantle of Elmer Bernstein, and I even bought the recorded score -- at retail rates! Which I never do. It is excellent music.

"Silverado" is an almost perfect movie.

Oh, and the second reason there shoulda been a sequel: The last words shouted by the Kevin Costner character. Watch this movie and listen.

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