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Open Range -- Four men defend their way of life in the Old West.
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Writers (WGA):
Lauran Paine (novel)
Craig Storper (screenplay)
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Release Date:
15 August 2003 (USA) See more »
No place to run. No reason to hide.
A former gunslinger is forced to take up arms again when he and his cattle crew are threatened by a corrupt lawman. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Kevin Costner 
Writing credits
Lauran Paine (novel "The Open Range Men")

Craig Storper (screenplay)

Produced by
Armyan Bernstein .... executive producer
Kevin Costner .... producer
Jake Eberts .... producer
Craig Storper .... executive producer
David Valdes .... producer
Original Music by
Michael Kamen 
Cinematography by
James M. Muro (director of photography) (as James Muro)
Film Editing by
Michael J. Duthie 
Miklos Wright 
Casting by
Mindy Marin 
Production Design by
Gae S. Buckley  (as Gae Buckley)
Art Direction by
Gary Myers 
Set Decoration by
Mary-Lou Storey 
Costume Design by
John Bloomfield 
Makeup Department
Brenda Boutet .... assistant hair stylist
Tania El Zahr .... assistant makeup artist
Elle Elliott .... hair stylist: Mr. Costner
Elle Elliott .... key hair designer (as Eleanor Elliott)
Julie Hewett .... makeup artist: Ms. Bening
Joanne Jacobsen .... assistant makeup artist
Pearl Louie .... key makeup artist
Cathy Olshaski .... assistant hair stylist
Francisco X. Pérez .... makeup designer
Jon C. White .... key hair stylist (as Jon White)
Stacey Butterworth .... wig maker (uncredited)
Production Management
Christy Dimmig .... post-production supervisor
Brian Leslie Parker .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Devin Hillier .... third assistant director: second unit
Brad Moerke .... second assistant director
David J. Negron Jr. .... second unit director
Kathy Ringer .... third assistant director (as Katherine L. Ringer)
Darren Robson .... third assistant director
L. David Silva .... first assistant director (as David Silva)
Art Department
Cheryl Allsen .... greens person
Alfred A. Arndt .... construction coordinator
Dean Baker .... greens best boy
Rick Barrett .... carpenter
Tracey Baryski .... assistant art director
Janos Berzai .... assistant to carpenter
Louis Cochand .... assistant to carpenter
Laura Cuthill-Luft .... set decoration buyer (as Laura Cuthill)
Ron Darby .... construction buyer
Deborah Day .... greens person
Floris Dewit .... carpenter
Elizabeth Flaherty .... art research
Kieran Gelfand .... lead
Celine Godberson .... assistant property master
Dean Goodine .... property master
George Griffiths .... stand-by painter
Ted Haigh .... senior graphic designer
Michael Hentges .... painter
Octavia Holden .... carpenter
Rick Janzen .... lead signwriter
Tom Johnson .... paint coordinator
Loyola Lewis .... on-set painter
Loyola Lewis .... stand-by painter
Robert Littlechild .... carpenter
Daniel A. MacDonald .... set decoration helper
Johan McCroy .... carpenter
David J. Negron Jr. .... storyboard artist
Erin Olinger .... art department trainee (as Erin Garson)
Travis Ontkean .... carpenter
Troy Pohl .... carpenter
Dana Rainer .... on-set greensman
Trinity Shane .... assistant to carpenter
Christopher J.A. Smith .... on-set dresser: Canada
Peter Topp .... on-set greensman
Sloane U'Ren .... set designer
Bev Ulmer .... greens helper
James Weeks .... greens head
Rob Welter .... carpenter
Michael Winder .... carpenter
Kimberley Zaharko .... art department assistant
Geordin Zee .... carpenter
Sound Department
James Bailey .... foley artist
Steve Bartkowicz .... re-recording engineer
Stu Bernstein .... sound editor (as Stew Bernstein)
Barney Cabral .... supervising sound editor
Claudia Carle .... adr recordist
Matt Colleran .... sound re-recordist
Patrick Cyccone Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer (as Patrick Cyccone)
James Doyle .... mix assistant engineer
Rickley W. Dumm .... first assistant sound editor
Rickley W. Dumm .... sound effects editor
Richard Dwan Jr. .... sound editor (as Richard Dwan)
Glen Gauthier .... production sound mixer
Peter Gleaves .... adr mixer
Michael Keller .... sound re-recording mixer
Nick Neutra .... foley mixer
Todd Niesen .... dialogue denoising
Perry Robertson .... co-supervising sound editor
Scott Sanders .... sound designer
Scott Sanders .... sound editor
Frederick H. Stahly .... sound editor
Trent Stewart .... sound boom
Steve Switzer .... boom operator
Kevin Zimmerman .... assistant sound editor (as Kevin A. Zimmerman)
Special Effects by
Barry Cameron .... special effects technician (as 'Bearcat' Cameron)
Scott Cameron .... special effects assistant
Allan Cotter .... pyrotechnician
Mike Friesen .... special effects assistant
Rocco Larizza .... special effects technician
Marc Lord .... special effects assistant
Alan Love .... special effects assistant
Gerry Martins .... special effects technician
Jim McFall .... special effects rigging/fabricator (as James McFall)
Jim McGillivary .... special effects set foreman
Maurice Routly .... special effects foreman
Robert Sheridan .... special effects technician
Bob Trevino .... pyrotechnician
David Neil Trifunovich .... special effects supervisor (as Neil Trifunovich)
Steve Wood .... special effects assistant (as Steohen Wood)
Visual Effects by
Andrew Bonello .... visual effects developer
Shawn Broes .... digital mastering editor
Elika Burns .... digital paint and rotoscope artist (as Eric 'Elika' Burns)
Michelle Butler .... digital compositor
Sarah Coatts .... associate visual effects producer
Robert Cribbett .... lead compositor
Jon Doyle .... digital compositor
Conny Fauser .... Inferno artist
David Fogg .... digital compositor
Juan Gonzalez .... matchmover
Abra Grupp .... compositing supervisor
Petra Holtorf .... visual effects producer
Kristin Johnson .... Inferno artist
Tom Lamb .... digital compositor
Cameron MacDonald .... visual effects cinematographer
Michael Maloney .... digital compositor
Steve Miller .... assistant editor: Yu & Co
Sheila Molnar .... digital paint and rotoscope artist
David J. Negron Jr. .... visual effects supervisor
Tara Handy Turner .... systems manager
Steve Wright .... digital compositor: Cinesite
Danny Albano .... digital effects artist (uncredited)
Dave Badgerow .... stunt wagon driver
Dwight Beard .... stunt wagon driver
Guy Bews .... stunt coordinator: Canada
Don Bland .... stunts
Chad Camilleri .... stunts
Jim Finkbeiner .... stunts
Don Gillespie .... stunt wagon driver
Norman Howell .... stunt coordinator: US
Ben Louis .... stunts
Shawn C. Orr .... stunts (as Shawn Orr)
J.R. Reding .... stunts
Gary Robert .... utility stunts
Mark Stewart .... stunts
Dwayne Wiley .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Dominic Bartolone .... camera production assistant
Lee Blasingame .... lead assistant camera: "a" camera
Paul Brebner .... second assistant camera
Carolynn Brocke .... additional second assistant camera
John Buckley .... gaffer
Mark Cohen .... assistant camera
Mark Cohen .... camera operator: "b" camera
Douglas Craik .... camera operator: "b" camera
Sacha Fassaert .... assistant camera: "c" camera
Aris Georgiopoulos .... additional first assistant camera
Junichi Hosoi .... camera operator: "b" camera
Martin Keough .... gaffer
Chris Large .... still photographer
Micah Llewellyn-Dance .... remote head technician
Cameron MacDonald .... additional photographer (as Cam MacDonald)
Keith Marion .... lamp operator
Álex Martínez .... assistant camera
Tim Milligan .... dolly grip
Harald Ortenburger .... camera operator
Douglas Raines .... lamp operator
Open Range .... lighting balloon tech
Gordon Schmidt .... grip
Rick D. Schmidt .... key grip
Chris Speers .... best boy grip
Scott Storm .... grip
Carey Toner .... daily camera operator: "b" camera
David Vernerey .... rigging gaffer
Darek Wyszynski .... first assistant camera
Casting Department
Heike Brandstatter .... casting: Canada
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Jackie Lind .... casting: Alberta
Louise Mackiewicz .... extras casting
Coreen Mayrs .... casting: Canada
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Barbara Gordon .... costumer: Kevin Costner
Lizzie McGovern .... assistant costume designer
Heather Moore .... key costumer
Tim Ranson .... costumer: Robert Duvall
Christine Thomson .... costumer
Summer Valdes .... wardrobe runner
Editorial Department
Judith Babcock .... post-production coordinator
Shelley Bakus .... first assistant editor
Rhonda Blewett .... telecine assistant
Kimberly Covate .... digital mastering producer
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Warren Langford .... first assistant editor
Richard Long .... assistant editor
David Orr .... laboratory color timer
Mykel Thuncher .... color timer
Tracey Wadmore-Smith .... associate editor
Marc Wielage .... digital intermediate colorist
Grant Wilkinson .... post-production assistant
Valance Eisleben .... high definition editorial services (uncredited)
Music Department
Ramiro Belgardt .... music editor
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist
Peter Boyer .... additional orchestrator
Rupert Christie .... additional orchestrator
Robert Elhai .... orchestrator
Ilan Eshkeri .... additional orchestrator
Vic Fraser .... music preparation
Matthias Gohl .... additional orchestrator (as Teese Gohl)
Matthias Gohl .... music producer (as Teese Gohl)
Richard Ihnatowicz .... music preparation
Michael Kamen .... conductor
Michael Kamen .... orchestrator
Stephen McLaughlin .... music mixer
Stephen McLaughlin .... music producer
Stephen McLaughlin .... music recordist
Blake Neely .... additional orchestrator
Michael Ripoll .... guitarist
Tom Villano .... music editor
Jake Walker .... musician
Brad Warnaar .... additional orchestrator
Jeremy Rubolino .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
James Joseph Barbaro .... driver
Dwight Beard .... transportation
Anthony Bixby .... driver
Alfie Creighton .... driver
Shelley Crooks .... driver
Howard Horwitz .... driver
John Matlock .... driver
Bruce McGregor .... driver
Bruce Milward .... driver
Kevin Profit .... driver
Allen Proskow .... driver
Shelley Shierman .... driver
Kathi Vold .... driver
Other crew
Jasa Abreo .... assistant: Mr. Costner
Aviline Adshead .... first aid
B. Keith Anderson .... wrangler
Tiffany Bartlett .... documentarian
Travis Becker .... trainee location manager
Peter Bews .... wrangler (as Peter J. Bews)
Lori Boyle .... animal trainer
Ursula Brauner .... dog trainer
David Christopher Brown .... documentarian
Jeffrey A. Cook .... balloon technician
Rob Doak .... video coordinator
Dana Dubé .... animal trainer
Brian Dunne .... assistant location manager
Nicole Duperron .... stitcher
John Gaskin .... production accountant
Alan Geoffrion .... assistant: Mr. Duvall
Jan Gillan .... first assistant accountant
John B. Gillis .... wrangler
Monika Hagele .... production assistant
Buck Hamilton .... wrangler
Peter Horn .... location manager
Lloyd Jacobson .... wrangler
Matthew Kershaw .... production assistant
Janet Lamonte .... stitcher
Zeke Lopez .... production legal
Karen MacDonald .... wrangler
Rick Martine .... wrangler
Leslie Maynes .... payroll accountant
Meredith Mohr .... assistant: Ms. Bening
Lee Anne Muldoon .... unit publicist
Boone Narr .... animal supplier
Douglas 'Tree' Nelson .... wrangler (as Doug Nelson)
Jason Nolan .... production assistant
Paige Palmer .... production coordinator
Lynn Patterson .... head wrangler
Jerri Phillips .... wrangler
Lee Phillips .... wrangler captain
Rick Richter .... wrangler
Troy Rudolph .... production assistant
Eleanor Russell .... stitcher
Eera Sherrington .... assistant production coordinator
Joshua Spencer .... visual effects production assistant
David M. Taylor .... second assistant accountant
Mark Thomason .... photo double
Mark Thomason .... stand-in
Marla Touw .... trainee production coordinator
Bruce Toy .... chef
Cathy Vayda .... wrangler
Candace Villett .... dog wrangler
Cristina Weigmann .... script supervisor
Rita Wong .... accounting trainee
Jay Johnson .... title designer (uncredited)
David Forbes .... Special liaison for Wesley First Nation
Carol Wong .... special thanks
Garson Yu .... special thanks

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Rated R for violence
139 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:A | Finland:K-15 | Germany:12 | Iceland:12 | Ireland:12PG (original rating) | Ireland:12 (video rating) | Netherlands:12 | Norway:15 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Sweden:11 | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | UK:12A (original rating) | UK:12 (video rating) (2004) | USA:R
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Did You Know?

Kevin Costner turned down Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) to do this movieSee more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Boss and Charley refer to the dog Tig as "she" in early scenes, but Charley calls Tig "he" when burying the dog with Mose.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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151 out of 191 people found the following review useful.
Costner's best!, 4 March 2004
Author: Justin Atkinson ( from Ohio, USA

(This is my first written review, so bear with me)

I've seen many of Kevin Costner's movies (both acting and directing), and even more westerns, and I'd have to say that this movie is the best in either category. I've always thought Costner a sub-par actor, but I couldn't imagine anyone else playing the role of Charlie. He had it down.

The rest of the cast was superb as well. Luna (Button) and Benrubi (Mose) are both destined for greatness. Gambon (Baxter) and Duval (Boss) have been around long enough to do things right. Bening (Sue) is a better (and better-looking) actress than ever before. The supporting cast, and the characters they create, all flowed together so strongly and believably that I would've watched a movie about a week in the life of the town before Mose showed up that fateful day. The shopkeeper and Percy (Jeter) particularly shined, but every single citizen of that town gave the impression they had a story to tell. But I digress, because cast and characters alone do not a movie make.

The dialog in many movies today is too geared to what the audience needs to hear. Rather than a fly-on-the-wall point of view on a realistic event, we normally get verbose exposition and other generally out-of-character dialog, so that the less intuitive viewer doesn't get left behind. In "Open Range", we're given a story. Four men and the task they must accomplish, with only the words any four men in a similar situation would say to each other. There wasn't anything directed to our tutelage alone, simply a bare-bones character drama. It felt real, like I could have been right there in the midst of things. That is the way movies SHOULD be. I applaud the creative minds behind this, and Costner, the ringmaster, above all others.

I have not seen another film that captured the beauty of the title character (the open range, nyuk nyuk) in such a light. While I'm sure that at least some of the footage was shot in a studio, and picturesque backdrops appeared to be inserted in the terrain at some points, the believability that this was 1880's "Old West" was always there. From the wide open skies and rolling hills to the pebbled creeks and fresh-built townscapes, I was thoroughly impressed.

The set/art direction weren't the only elements that capitalized on this beauty. Often, the camera operator (and undoubtedly Costner himself) had found amazing camera angles/motion to accentuate the finer elements of the sets. One such picturesque moment came in the form of an establishing shot of the cool, clear pebbled creek, shot from just inches above the surface, as the horses drank the purity of nature itself. Another shot shows the hills/mountains with lightning crashing around them as a storm billows its way to town. Was this an effects shot or not? I don't rightly know, and I was too impressed to care. The movie is beautiful.

There is also a beautifully mastered scene in which Charlie awakes from an unsettling dream and at first doesn't know the dream from reality. The use of camera motion and picture superimposition here isn't so over-the-top that it feels out of place in the rest of the "artistic" film. It's hard for someone to accomplish that.

All technical terms aside, this film was born from talent. The writers, actors, and most importantly the director knew how to make a film enjoyable. When a movie just plain works, it's because the producers have assembled a group of personalities that work well together. This movie obviously had that. I'm very much looking forward to whatever it is that Costner decides to bring us next. I have been shown the light.

9 out of 10, "classic"

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