The Hi-Lo Country (1998)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance, Western  |  22 January 1999 (USA)
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An intimate story of the enduring bond of friendship between two hard-living men, set against a sweeping backdrop: the American West, post-World War II, in its twilight. Pete and Big Boy ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Little Boy Matson
Levi Gomez
Darren E. Burrows ...
Billy Harte (as Darren Burrows)
Delfino Mondragon
Jack Couffer
Sandy Baron ...
Mona Birk
Les Birk
Craig Carter ...
Art Logan
Walter C. Hall ...


An intimate story of the enduring bond of friendship between two hard-living men, set against a sweeping backdrop: the American West, post-World War II, in its twilight. Pete and Big Boy are masters of the prairie, but ultimately face trickier terrain: the human heart. Written by Anonymous

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A woman like Mona can drive men to extremes.


Drama | Romance | Western

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Rated R for some sexuality, a scene of violence, and for brief language | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

22 January 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hi-Lo Country  »

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Opening Weekend:

$17,712 (USA) (1 January 1999)


$163,810 (USA) (12 March 1999)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Sam Peckinpah tried to get this movie produced for years, but unfortunately he died before he had the chance. See more »


A Coke vending machine is clearly labeled ten cents. In this part of the country in the late 1940s it would have been five cents. Around 1960 vending machines went to six cents, quite a novelty at the time, requiring two coins to get a Coke. It was later in the 1960s when vending machines finally went to ten cents. See more »


Big Boy Matson: The only time to yell is when you're with somebody, or when you're alone.
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A Great Movie Western
5 September 1999 | by See all my reviews

This is a wonderful movie produced by Martin Scorcese's group and is the best contemporary western I've seen since "Unforgiven". In some ways it is like a Cormac McCarthy novel brought to life. It has a mature and literate screenplay by Walon Green, is well acted by Billy Crudup and Woody Harrelson, has strong supporting performances by a large and perfectly cast group of actors (including Patricia Arquette, Katy Jurado, Sam Elliott, and Penelope Cruz), is beautifully photographed by Oliver Stapleton against spectacular backdrops in New Mexico, is very well directed by Stephen Frears, and has a haunting score by the superb Carter Burwell. Only an overly sentimental last scene weakens an otherwise great film, but the movie is still well worth seeing.

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