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Silverado -- A misfit bunch of friends come together to right the injustices which exist in a small town.


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A misfit bunch of friends come together to right the injustices which exist in a small town. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kevin Kline ... Paden

Scott Glenn ... Emmett

Kevin Costner ... Jake

Danny Glover ... Mal
Marvin J. McIntyre ... Clerk
Brad Williams ... Trooper
Sheb Wooley ... Cavalry Sergeant

Jon Kasdan ... Boy at Outpost

John Cleese ... Sheriff Langston

Todd Allen ... Deputy Kern
Kenny Call ... Deputy Block
Bill Thurman ... Carter
Meg Kasdan ... Barmaid
Dick Durock ... Bar Fighter

Gene Hartline ... Bar Fighter
Autry Ward ... Hat Thief

Jake Kasdan ... Stable Boy (as Jacob Kasdan)

Rosanna Arquette ... Hannah

Rusty Meyers ... Conrad
Zeke Davidson ... Mr. Parker
Lois Geary ... Mrs. Parker

James Gammon ... Dawson
Troy Ward ... Baxter
Roy McAdams ... Tall outlaw

Brian Dennehy ... Cobb

Linda Hunt ... Stella

Jeff Goldblum ... Slick

Ray Baker ... McKendrick

Joe Seneca ... Ezra

Lynn Whitfield ... Rae

Jeff Fahey ... Tyree

Patricia Gaul ... Kate

Amanda Wyss ... Phoebe

Earl Hindman ... J.T.

Thomas Wilson Brown ... Augie (as Tom Brown)

Jim Haynie ... Bradley

Richard Jenkins ... Kelly
Jerry Biggs ... Bartender
Sam Gauny ... Deputy Garth

Ken Farmer ... Deputy Kyle
Bill McIntosh ... Deputy Charlie
Charles Seybert ... Shopkeeper
Jane Beauchamp ... Neighbor Woman
Jerry Block ... Townsman

Ben Zeller ... Townsman

Pepe Serna ... Scruffy
Ted White ... Hoyt
Ross Loney ... Red

Walter Scott ... Swann
Bob Terhune ... Guard Cowboy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mark Kasdan ... Doc Skinner (scenes deleted)
Matthew Hotsinpiller ... Townsperson (uncredited)

Brion James ... Hobart (uncredited)
Richard Lester ... Saloon patron (uncredited)
Bob Morgan ... McKendrick Man (uncredited)
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Directed by
Lawrence Kasdan 
Writing credits
Lawrence Kasdan (written by) &
Mark Kasdan (written by)

Produced by
Michael Grillo .... executive producer
Lawrence Kasdan .... producer
Mark Kasdan .... associate producer
Charles Okun .... executive producer
Original Music by
Bruce Broughton 
Cinematography by
John Bailey (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Carol Littleton 
Casting by
Wallis Nicita  (as Wally Nicita)
Production Design by
Ida Random 
Art Direction by
William A. Elliott  (as William Elliott)
Set Decoration by
Anne D. McCulley 
Arthur Jeph Parker  (as Arthur Parker)
Costume Design by
Kristi Zea 
Makeup Department
Lynda Gurasich .... hair stylist
Jerry O'Dell .... makeup artist (as Gerald O'Dell)
Kim Samson .... hair stylist (as Kimberly Samson)
Daniel C. Striepeke .... makeup artist
Production Management
David Hamburger .... unit production manager (as David S. Hamburger)
Charles Okun .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carey Dietrich .... dga trainee
Stephen P. Dunn .... second assistant director (as Stephen Dunn)
Michael Grillo .... first assistant director
Margaret Nelson .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Steven Lee Baer .... drapery person (as Steven Baer)
Larry Clark Bird .... property master
Chas. Butcher .... set designer (as Chas Butcher)
Robert J. Carlyle .... construction foreman
Gary Deaton .... general construction foreman (as Gary L. Deaton)
Gerald Gates Jr. .... painter (as Gerald J. Gates)
Darrell Huntsman .... greensman
Peter Ivy .... general construction foreman (as Pete Ivy)
Janet Kusnick .... illustrator
Moe Larson .... painter (as Moe E. Larson)
Bob Lawless .... stand-by painter (as Robert T. Lawless)
Randy Martens .... greensman
Richard McKenzie .... set designer
Clarence Lynn Price .... construction coordinator (as Lynn Price)
Robert H. Sexton .... labor foreman
Randy Szucs .... labor foreman
Michael Taylor .... leadperson (as Michael J. Taylor)
Vinnie Vecchio .... assistant property master
David Wagnon .... swing gang
Ken Zimmerman .... assistant property master
Charles A. Carlsen .... propmaker (uncredited)
Jim Hill .... gang boss (uncredited)
Cecily Hughes .... set dresser (uncredited)
Randy Moffitt .... propmaker (uncredited)
Billy W. Ray .... propmaker (uncredited)
Christopher Windisch .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
George H. Anderson .... dialogue editor
Robert Crosby .... boom operator (as Robert Crosby Jr.)
Samuel C. Crutcher .... dialogue editor
Dody Dorn .... foley editor
Dennis Drummond .... sound effects editor
Patrick Drummond .... sound effects editor
Joe Fineman .... dialogue editor (as Joseph R. Fineman)
Robert Grieve .... supervising sound editor
John Hoeren .... assistant sound editor
Rick Kline .... sound re-recording mixer
Cliff Latimer .... foley editor (as Clifford Latimer)
Reid Paul Martin .... assistant sound editor (as Reid Martin)
Thomas Meloeny .... sound recordist (as Tom Meloeny)
Donald O. Mitchell .... sound re-recording mixer
David Moritz .... apprentice sound editor
Kevin O'Connell .... sound re-recording mixer
David M. Ronne .... production sound mixer (as David Ronne)
Robert Scarborough .... cable person (as Rob Scarborough)
Norman B. Schwartz .... post-production dialogue
James Simcik .... adr assistant
Karen I. Stern .... adr editor
Pamela Jule Yuen .... assistant sound editor (as Pamela J. Yuen)
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (uncredited)
Greg Orloff .... foley mixer (uncredited)
John Roesch .... foley artist (uncredited)
Donald C. Rogers .... technical director of sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Roy Arbogast .... special effects foreman
William D. Lee .... special effects (as William Lee)
Robert W. Ramage .... special effects
Floyd Van Wey .... special effects
Dick Wood .... special effects (as Richard S. Wood)
John Ashby .... stunts
Roy Bonner .... stunts
Clay Boss .... stunts
May Boss .... stunts
Shelley S. Boyle .... stunts (as Shelley Peterson)
Buff Brady .... stunts
Dan Doucette .... stunts
Richard Epper .... stunts
Stephanie Epper .... stunts
Evelyn Finley .... stunts
Cindy Folkerson .... stunts
Jerry Gatlin .... stunt coordinator
Dawn Grant .... stunts
David M. Graves .... stunts (as David Graves)
Clifford Happy .... stunts
Eddie Hice .... stunts
Bonnie Hock .... stunts
Candy Hoskins .... stunts
Robert Jauregui .... stunts (as Bob Jauregui)
Tracy Keehn-Dashnaw .... stunts (as Tracy Keehn)
Walt La Rue .... stunts (as Walt LaRue)
Clay M. Lilley .... stunts (as Clay Lilley)
Mike H. McGaughy .... stunts (as Michael H. McGaughy)
Rod McGaughy .... stunts
Sean A. McGaughy .... stunts (as Sean McGaughy)
Bobby McLaughlin .... stunts
Lewis Dale Meador .... stunts (as Lewis Meador)
Jeff Ramsey .... stunts
Bruce Randall .... stunts
Jackie Resch .... stunts
Ben Scott .... stunts
John-Clay Scott .... stunts
Al Simon .... stunts
John Tatum .... stunts
R.L. Tolbert .... stunts
Rock A. Walker .... stunts (as Rock Walker)
Russell Wallraven .... stunts (as Russell Walraven)
Mike Watson .... stunts
Walter Wyatt .... stunts
Steven Burnett .... stunts (uncredited)
Gene Hartline .... stunts (uncredited)
Autry Ward .... stunts (uncredited)
Troy Ward .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Lou Barlia .... camera operator
Jeff Butters .... lamp operator (as Jeff A. Butters)
Michael Franz .... lamp operator (as Mike Franz)
John R. Hamilton .... still photographer
Leslie Hill .... first assistant camera
Dustin A. Huber .... best boy
Christopher Ishii .... second assistant camera
Mako Koiwai .... first assistant camera
Al LaVerde .... key grip
Kenneth Lee .... gang boss
Ronald W. McLeish .... chief lighting technician
Rudy Pohlert .... lamp operator (as Rudy G. Pohlert)
John Powers .... grip (as John P. Powers)
James O. Schori .... generator operator
George R. Schrader .... dolly grip
Ty Suehiro .... best boy grip
Clemente Tarin .... lamp operator
Ronald Viveros .... grip (as Ron Viveros)
Richard Walden .... camera operator
Susan Walsh .... first assistant camera (as Susan M. Walsh)
Charles A. Carlsen .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Liz Keigley .... location casting
Gail Levin .... casting assistant
Shari Rhodes .... location casting
Stacey Rhodes .... location casting assistant (as Stacy Rhodes)
Celeste Gose .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Le Dawson .... wardrobe: men
Oda Groeschel .... wardrobe: women
Jennifer L. Parsons .... costumer: women (as Jennifer Parsons)
Nicola Rizzi .... tailor
G. Tony Scarano .... costumer: men (as Tony Scarano)
Stephen P. Shubin .... wardrobe: men (as Stephen Shubin)
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Bruce Cannon .... first assistant film editor
Nancy Cipes .... post-production assistant (as Nancy E. Cipes)
Raúl Dávalos .... apprentice film editor (as Raul Davalos)
Julie Feiner .... assistant film editor
Joan Giammarco .... first assistant film editor
Mia Goldman .... second film editor
Robert Raring .... color timer (as Bob Raring)
Mitchell Sinoway .... assistant film editor
Music Department
Chris Boardman .... orchestrator
Gene Feldman .... music editor
Erma E. Levin .... music editor (as Erma Levin)
Don Nemitz .... orchestrator (as Donald Nemitz)
Armin Steiner .... music scoring mixer
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
Tommy Johnson .... musician: tuba soloist (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
Transportation Department
James E. Foote .... transportation coordinator
Frank Tremonti .... transportation captain (as Frank A. Tremonti)
John M. Woodward .... transportation captain (as John Woodward)
Tom Britt .... production driver (uncredited)
Billy Kaundart .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Todd J. Adelman .... first aid (as Todd Adelman)
Pamela Alch .... script supervisor
Bill Bennett .... terra-flite operator (as William F. Bennett)
Kirk Borcherding .... production accountant
Billy Brashier .... projectionist (as Billy R. Brashier)
Bethany Brown .... assistant production accountant
Delia Circelli .... production coordinator
Nan R. Eisley .... assistant: Lawrence Kasdan
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Booth Gallett .... local production contact
Mary Cay Hollander .... production coordinator
Rob Hummel .... contact: Technicolor
David Israel .... location manager
Andrew Miller .... production office assistant
Scott Musgrave .... production assistant
Arvo Ojala .... technical gun coach
Corky Randall .... livestock ramrod
B.J. Smith .... first aid
Susan Trembly .... project manager
Susan Trembly .... unit publicist
Ron Weber .... craft service (as Ronald Weber)
Susan Addy .... special thanks: production personnel, Santa Fe
Bradford Booth .... special thanks: production personnel, Santa Fe
Charles Carlson .... special thanks: production personnel, Santa Fe
Gordon DeVore .... special thanks: production personnel, Santa Fe
Carol Fleming .... special thanks: production personnel, Santa Fe
Colleen Gallett .... special thanks: production personnel, Santa Fe
Isidro Guerrero .... special thanks: production personnel, Santa Fe
Mike Hanrahan .... special thanks: production personnel, Santa Fe
Brian P. Hauck .... special thanks: production personnel, Santa Fe (as Brian Hauck)
Terry Ann Hawn .... special thanks: production personnel, Santa Fe (as Terry Hawn)
Sally Jackson .... special thanks: production personnel, Santa Fe
Gavyn Keith .... special thanks: production personnel, Santa Fe
Robin Laughlin .... special thanks: production personnel, Santa Fe
George A. LeBow .... special thanks: production personnel, Santa Fe (as George LeBow)
Marcel Lucero .... special thanks: production personnel, Santa Fe
Tim McDonald .... special thanks: production personnel, Santa Fe (as Timothy McDonald)
Jeffrey Meyer .... special thanks: production personnel, Santa Fe (as Jeff Meyer)
Dennis A. Potter .... special thanks: production personnel, Santa Fe
David S. Powell .... special thanks: production personnel, Santa Fe (as David Powell)
Billy Dan Riley .... special thanks: production personnel, Santa Fe (as Billy Don Riley)
Tracy Weisert .... special thanks: production personnel, Santa Fe
Crew believed to be complete

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133 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)
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Did You Know?

The set for Silverado was built for this movie and has since been used in such movies as Young Guns (1988), Wyatt Earp (1994), Last Man Standing (1996), "Lonesome Dove" (1989), All the Pretty Horses (2000) and Wild Wild West (1999). In Wild Wild West "Kasdan Ironworks" can be seen on the side of one of the buildings as a reference to Lawrence Kasdan.See more »
Revealing mistakes: Emmett is left handed throughout the movie. In the shootout at the end he has the gun in his left hand and the very next scene he gets shot in the right leg and his gun drops out of his right hand instead of being in the left hand where it was prior.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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A Compendium of Stock Clichés, 4 March 2011
Author: James Hitchcock from Tunbridge Wells, England

By the mid-eighties received opinion in the movie industry was that the Western was dead and buried. Although opinions differed as to the precise cause of death, it was generally agreed that the final nail in the coffin was the failure of Michael Cimino's massive "Heaven's Gate".

Two men dared to defy received opinion; Clint Eastwood and Lawrence Kasdan.

That Eastwood should stand out against the tide was perhaps unsurprising; he had after all, both starred in and directed some iconic Westerns during the genre's last hurrah in the late sixties and early seventies. That Kasdan should have done so is more of a surprise. In 1985 he was a rising young director who had already made two successful films, the steamy neo-noir thriller "Body Heat" and "The Big Chill", a psychological drama about a group of sixties radicals trying to cope with the more conservative climate of the eighties. It was therefore perhaps a surprise that he should choose a traditional Western as his third film.

The film tells the story of four cowboys- Emmett, Paden, Jake (Emmett's brother) and Mal- who travel to the town of Silverado, where they help free the town from the grip of a ruthless rancher and his corrupt sheriff. Anyone familiar with the Western genre will realise that that is not exactly an original plot- it goes back at least as far as something like "Dodge City" from the late thirties, and probably much further- but in fact the storyline is more complex than that brief summary would suggest, with each of the four being given a back-story. All four have good reason to want revenge against the rancher, McKendrick.

In the sixties and early seventies there had been a trend towards "revisionist" Westerns, films like Peckinpah's "The Wild Bunch" or Altman's "McCabe and Mrs Miller", which reacted against traditional portrayals of the Old West and tried to deglamorise it or debunk its mythology. Like all revolutions, however, this one gave rise to a counter-revolution, in this case films which quite defiantly celebrated the heroic Legend of the West. Most of John Wayne's later Westerns, such as "True Grit" or "The Cowboys" can be seen as anti-revisionist in this sense, and "Silverado" is another example. Kasdan was setting out to celebrate, not call into question, traditional ideas of the West; his is a West where the heroes are heroic, the villains villainous and the men in the metaphorical white hats always come out on top.

Most of the cast play their parts well, including the two Kevins, Costner and Kline, as the brothers Paden and Jake, Brian Dennehy as the villainous sheriff and Danny Glover as the black cowboy Mal. (The presence of a black cowboy is one of the few things to set the film apart from old-time Westerns, which were normally made on the mistaken assumption that there were no African-Americans living west of the Mississippi). Scott Glenn, however, is rather dull as Emmett, and former Python John Cleese is horribly miscast as another sheriff, whom he plays as an upper-class Englishman. This is not necessarily inaccurate- doubtless there were English immigrants in the West- but Cleese's style of acting has always been more suited to comedy than to serious drama.

The main problem with the film is that Kasdan does not really succeed in bringing anything new to the Western genre in the way in which one of his stars, Kevin Costner, was to succeed in doing with "Dances with Wolves" a few years later- or indeed as he himself was to do in his next Western, "Wyatt Earp", which also starred Costner. The other well-known Western from this period, Eastwood's "Pale Rider" is not particularly original either; in many ways it is an unacknowledged remake of "Shane". It is, however, a handsome, well-made film with an iconic performance from Eastwood himself as the mysterious, possibly supernatural, Preacher.

"Pale Rider" may recycle one or two well-worn situations, but "Silverado" seems to be a compendium of nearly every stock cliché from the previous fifty years of making Westerns- the villainous rancher, the equally villainous lawman, the wagon train, the cattle stampede, the man wrongly accused of murder, the man seeking revenge for the murder of his father, the final climactic shoot-out in the main street of the town. Only the cavalry and the Indians are missing. Twelve years earlier Mel Brooks had done this sort of thing for laughs in "Blazing Saddles"; Kasdan seems to be expecting us to take it seriously. He may have been hoping to reverse the decline of the Western, but unfortunately "Silverado" is a film which unconsciously reveals one of the reasons for that decline, namely that so many Westerns had been made that it became difficult to say anything about the West that had not already been said. Kasdan's next film, "The Accidental Tourist", was to be much better. 5/10

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