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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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2.35 : 1
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The movie's closing credits declare that the picture was "filmed entirely on location in New Mexico". See more »


After saving the wagon trains money from the gang in the canyon, Emmet, Paden and Mal are sitting on horseback talking as the wagon train moves from right to left behind them. One wagon can be seen with the wagon tongue clearly broken and being dragged behind the lead team. The only way the team is attached to the wagon is by the reins in the drivers hands. 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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Referenced in Nekromantik (1987) See more »

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"Let's get 'em!"
22 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

That one line from Jake (Kevin Costner) as he, Paden (Kevin Kline), Emmett (Scott Glenn), and Mal (Danny Glover) are riding into town for the last battle against a corrupt sheriff (Brian Dennehy) exemplifies everything that is great about 'Silverado'. It's a high-spirited adventure that is fun, does not take itself too seriously (well, maybe a little), and cheerfully reenacts Western clichés. It's the kind of movie where you can tell the actors had fun making it, and you have fun too.

The acting is uniformly excellent. Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn, and Danny Glover all bring quiet dignity as well as low-key humor to their roles, but it's Kevin Costner who impressed me the most. As Glenn's cocky young brother, Costner doesn't even bother to contain his glee at being in a Western. He gives the most fun performance in the movie, and it's good to see a younger Costner not taking himself nearly as seriously as he does now. The supporting cast has some nice players: John Cleese shows up as a fair-minded sheriff who seems to have walked over from a Monty Python skit; Academy Award-winner Linda Hunt ('The Year Of Living Dangerously') steals scenes as a strong-willed bar owner who Kevin Kline befriends; and Brian Dennehy is thoroughly slimy as the villain.

The action is fun, and director Lawrence Kasdan shows a gift for this material (granted, he was the person who wrote 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'), and the screenplay (also by Kasdan) is joyous in the way it resurrects the Western. The movie also has one of the best action scores I've ever heard by Bruce Broughton, and I was humming the title theme as the movie concluded.

'Silverado' is a shining example of the Western genre, and it stands as one of the greatest pure entertainment Westerns ever made.

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