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Open Range (2003)

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A former gunslinger is forced to take up arms again when he and his cattle crew are threatened by a corrupt lawman.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Herb Kohler ...
Cliff Saunders ...
Ralph's Wife (as Pat Stutz)


Boss Spearman, Charley Waite, Mose Harrison and Button freegraze their cattle across the vast prairies of the West, sharing a friendship forged by a steadfast code of honor and living a life unencumbered by civilization. When their wayward herd forces them near the small town of Harmonville, the cowboys encounter a corrupt sheriff and kingpin rancher who govern the territory through fear, tyranny and violence. Boss and Charley find themselves inextricably drawn towards an inevitable showdown, as they are forced to defend the freedom and values of a lifestyle that is all too quickly vanishing. Amidst the turmoil, life suddenly takes an unexpected turn for the loner Charley when he meets the beautiful and warm spirited Sue Barlow, a woman who embraces both his heart and his soul. Written by Sujit R. Varma

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


No place to run. No reason to hide.


Drama | Romance | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 August 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pacto de justicia  »

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Box Office


$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,047,781 (USA) (15 August 2003)


$58,328,680 (USA) (28 November 2003)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Robert Duvall accepted the role of Boss Spearman within 24 hours of reading the script. See more »


The loose horses in the Remuda are wearing modern English leather halters with brass fittings when they are driven into camp. See more »


[first lines]
Boss Spearman: [indicating a thunderstorm] Think she'll get over this-a-way?
Charley Waite: Might.
Boss Spearman: Best bed 'em down.
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References My Darling Clementine (1946) See more »


Holding All My Love for You
Written by Michael Kamen (BMI) and Julianna Raye (BMI)
Performed by Julianna Raye
Produced by James Harrah
(P) (C) K-Man Corp. (BMI) / Ziffy Music, Inc. (BMI) / Open Range Productions USA, Inc. (BMI)
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Open Range
21 January 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Open Range is without doubt one of the best family movies I have seen for a long time. Although not quite as good as "Dances With Wolves" Open Range, funnily enough, not only stars Kevin Costner but is along the same theme in as much as it tells a story about the early American way of life. This time about the "Free Range" cattlemen and the different hardships they had to cope with. And for once my family could sit down and watch a movie without all the smut, swearing and extreme violence that unfortunately, all movie makers of late, seem to think is necessary to sell them. The storyline was simple and easy to follow at the same time as it retold a fine piece of early American history.

Although the actors had a simple storyline to work with, I felt their performances made the movie all the more realistic. Kevin Costner in my opinion is a fine actor, but put him in with an under-rated master such as Robert Duvall, and you can't go wrong. Their easy going,straight from the hip portrayal of the main characters was one of the reasons that as soon as I had finished watching the video I rewound it and the whole family watched it again.

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