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The Hi-Lo Country (1998)

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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.


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


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22 January 1999 (USA)  »

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Hi-Lo Country  »

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


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

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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 »


Pete Calder: People still drive cattle to rail heads.
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11 March 2012 | by (Sosnowiec, Poland) – See all my reviews

Set in the late 1940s, The Hi-Lo Country is a strange mix of drama, romance, western, buddy movie and something that can be best described as an Americana version of Latin America's magical realism: there's even a witch telling the future, and her prophecy fulfills! The movie does not offer much in terms of action: it rather sets out to be a "slice-of-life" piece, taking a look both at the events and the changes occurring in all the lead characters. I can understand this kind of approach can be disliked by some viewers; still, I found this movie interesting and somewhat underrated (picked it one evening on the cable). If you like a movie that emphasizes the mood instead of the actual action and with a strong cast ensemble (watch for Northern Exposure's Darren Burrows!), this is for you. 7 out of 10.

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