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(2003)

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Kevin Costner turned down the role of Bill in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) to do this movie
Originally the studio had Kevin Costner top-billed over Robert Duvall, but Costner asked the studio to top-bill Duvall instead.
As revealed during his appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show (2013), Sir Anthony Hopkins wrote fan letters to Kevin Costner and Robert Duvall after watching the film, complimenting them both on their performances in the movie.
Towards the end of film production, Kevin Costner and some friends made a surprise visit to a large pow wow gathering at Morley. Chief Ernest Wesley honored Costner for his work with the Lakota Indians and using the Sioux language in Dances with Wolves (1990).
At only 139 minutes, this is the shortest of the three movies Kevin Costner self-directed. They average 3 hours each.
Boss keeps calling Percy, played by Michael Jeter, "Old Man". But Robert Duvall, who plays Boss, is actually 21 years older than Jeter, who was only 50 at the time the movie was made.
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.
Stoney Elder Dale House performed a special spiritual ceremony for Kevin Costner before filming began. The event is shown on the second Open Range DVD disc.
Tig was not only the name of the dog in the movie, but also the name of the film's production company. Tig was also the name of Kevin Costner's Grandmother.
The rifle that Charley uses in the shootout is an 1873 Winchester sporting rifle.
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Producers Kevin Costner, Jake Eberts and David Valdes put up almost half of the budget from their own money.
Clayton Lefthand of the Stoney (Nakoda Sioux) First Nation worked as a film liaison.
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The hefty revolver favoured by Boss Spearman is a model 1875 Remington Army.
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Composer Michael Kamen replaced Basil Poledouris as the composer on the film, and contrary to general knowledge, Poledouris did not do a score, backing out after having seen the film temp tracked with music like his work from Starship Troopers (1997).
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Despite the fact that this was filmed in Super 35, "Filmed in Panavision" is listed in the end credits.
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Towards the end of the movie, when Sue uses Charlie's full name, Charles Postelwaite, Charlie calls Boss, "Bucket Mouth", the same thing Kevin Costner called his father in The Bodyguard (1992), when his father is sharing stories from Costner's childhood.
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Robert Duvall was the only actor that Kevin Costner had in mind for the role of Boss Spearman. He said if Duvall had turned down the part, he might not have made the movie at all.
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Cliff Saunders (Ralph) thrilled Kevin Costner with a video-taped audition. Even before it was over, Costner said, "he got the part."
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The script doesn't specify where the story takes place, but Kevin Costner insisted on finding landscapes where "you couldn't see a fence, road, or another person."
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Robert Duvall has a lot of respect for Kevin Costner. He's a big fan of Dances with Wolves (1990) and he was impressed that Costner gave him top billing
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Kevin Costner was excited that Robert Duvall improvised some of his dialogue. "It's "easier if you feel like the words you're saying are going to live on forever."
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The filmmakers were disappointed that the film earned an R rating. Kevin Costner speculates it was because the violence in the movie is "original."
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Kevin Costner intentionally filmed the gunfight in giant wide shots.
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When we first see Denton Baxter in the sheriff's office, there is a wanted poster over his left shoulder with the name of Lloyd Buckley. Gae S. Buckley is the production designer for this film.
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Charley's last name, Waite, is also the last name of the actor, Ralph Waite, who played Kevin Costners character's father, Herb Farmer, in The Bodyguard (1992).
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On the DVD release, a deleted scene called "Mose's Story". This is only a rough cut, and it reveals that in some scenes, the beautiful sky and clouds were chroma keyed into the shot. In this rough edit, no attempt has been made to track the sky with the camera moves, and the effect is obvious.
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This was Robert Duvall's first role in a Western since he played Gus on Lonesome Dove (1989).
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Dean McDermott got the part of Doc Barlow because he was the only actor to audition with a limp.
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The dog is actually played by two terrier mixes named Goldie and Boomer. They used two dogs so they wouldn't get too tired or cold from doing multiple takes.
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Production spent over one million dollars to build a Canadian town from scratch since Kevin Costner didn't like any of them.
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Kevin Costner found a location while riding on his horse one day in between filming.
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Even though this is an American Western, the whole score was recorded in Prague by an orchestra that mostly couldn't speak English.
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Kevin Costner takes a prop from every movie he works on to remember it by. For this one, he kept the bottle of chloroform.
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Screenwriter Craig Storper wanted to make a movie about "the evolution of violence in the West."
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Kevin Costner said that the dog's death scene was hard for him because he's "a great lover of animals, dogs in particular."
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Annette Bening called Sue "a woman of real substance and simplicity."
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Kevin Costner really loved the "country's fillin' up" line. In the 1880s, the actual U.S. population had grown to over 50 million people.
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Robert Duvall got bucked off a horse and broke six ribs while practising his riding for this role.
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To create the flood, the crew pumped 32,000 gallons of water down the street every minute. A massive holding tank at the bottom recycled the water back to the top through underground pipes.
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Kevin Costner was thrilled with the costumes for the movie. He says they "captured the time" without being "flashy."
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Annette Bening had to wear a corset the whole time she was in character.
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There is only one part of the shootout shot in slow motion. Kevin Costner tried to avoid slo-mo because it took away from the realism of the battle.
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The cinematographer, James M. Muro, was hand-picked by Kevin Costner. He took a chance on Muro after he worked as a cameraman on Dances with Wolves (1990).
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James Russo (Sheriff Poole) appeared with Kevin Costner in The Postman (1997).
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In a scene cut from the movie, Charley had already killed one injured man.
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Robert Duvall accepted the role of Boss Spearman within 24 hours of reading the script.
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The location was so far from civilisation that they had to spend $40,000 to build a road just to get there.
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A lone tree was planted by the crew so the audience would remember a certain spot later.
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Night scenes were difficult to shoot because the sun rose after only five hours of darkness.
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No animals were actually harmed during the movie.
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The idea for the marshal playing the fiddle was proposed by an actor auditioning for the movie.
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"Hunting" horses were used throughout the shootout because they weren't scared of gunfire. Cinematographer James M. Muro said that it gave the movie a "documentary" feel, like "you were there."
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Professional wranglers handled 225 head of cattle on the set
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This is the Old West, but the filmmakers mocked up the fight with computer-generated models. It's highly choreographed. Kevin Costner even calls it "a ballet."
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Kevin Costner said that Michael Jeter reminded him of Western character actors like Walter Brennan and Ward Bond.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

This is the second movie in which Kevin Costner character kills Kim Coates. The first one being Waterworld (1995).

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