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Open Range (2003)

R  |   |  Action, Romance, Western  |  15 August 2003 (USA)
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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

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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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Originally the studio had Kevin Costner top-billed over Robert Duvall, but Costner asked the studio to top-bill Duvall instead. See more »


In two scenes (1st, when Charley & Boss first go along the main street; 2nd, when they leave at the end of the film) a pair of distinctive horses are seen harnessed (1st) to a wagon parked in the street, then (2nd) as the front pair of two pairs on their wagon. These horses (bay/chestnut with light mane, tail and feet) are Haflingers: this type, originating in Austria, did not appear in America until 1958. 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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One Of Costner's Best Films
26 September 2005 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

It's probably well known that Kevin Costner once had Republican party sympathies , something that wasn't to fashionable in the Hollywood of the late 80s/early 90s . What might not be so well known is that he switched his allegiance to the environmentalists / greens at the turn of the millennium . This perhaps isn't so surprising because if you watch a film either directed by or starring Costner there always seems to be a running theme of the characters existing in a wilderness away from civilisation such as DANCES WITH WOLVES , PRINCE OF THIEVES and WATERWORLD alongside the philosophy that guns don't kill people , people kill people , or to be more accurate bad people kill people then good people kill bad people as seen in THE UNTOUCHABLES and THE POSTMAN with PRINCE OF THIEVES and WATERWORLD also coming into this category also

OPEN RANGE continues this Costner philosophy as we're shown men or horseback against a breath taking panorama of the untouched American wilderness . You can't help thinking that Costner would like nothing better to see the end of industrialisation and when landscapes are this remote and beautiful who can blame him . The story itself may be rather old fashioned almost in the vein of John Wayne but that doesn't stop it from being the best film with Kevin Costner for a very long time . The cinematography helps of course but the director's best idea was to employ Robert Duvall as co-lead Boss Spearman . Duvall of course is the type of very rare actor who can make a shopping list come alive and Michael Gambon is memorable as bad guy Denton Baxter

Some people might be put off by the fact that it stars and was directed by Costner and therefore expected a three and a half hour epic about nothing in particular . I also had these reservations but was glad I saw this . Duvall's performance and the bloody shoot out at the end had a lot to do with my positive opinion

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