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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:
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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

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No place to run. No reason to hide.

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)


£872,843 (UK) (26 March 2004)

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2.35 : 1
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During the filming of Open Range a young Native man, Romeo N. Ryder, hired to do extra security work, was stabbed to death in the nearby town site of Morley on Aug. 20, 2002. His brother 'Zach Ryder' worked on the Open Range set as a production trainee. See more »


In the last standoff between the town and Denton Baxter's men, Baxter's revolver is not loaded, and then it is. However, just before the last shoot out, it is not loaded again. 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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Referenced in Broken Trail: The Making of a Legendary Western (2006) 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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A modern classic Western.
2 September 2003 | by (small town in the South) – See all my reviews

Personally, I didn't find it long. I've seen many great Westerns--such films as "Will Penny," "Shane," "The Unforgiven," and several other Eastwood movies spring to mind--and this was right up there with them. My thanks to Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall (of course), and Annette Bening for giving me a wonderful experience at the movies. It doesn't happen all that often anymore. To those who say, "They don't make 'em like they used to," my response is "This one's better."

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