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(2003)

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Kevin Costner turned down Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) to do this movie
At only 139 minutes, this is the shortest of the three movies Costner self-directed. They average 3 hours each.
Originally the studio had Kevin Costner top-billed over Robert Duvall, but Costner asked the studio to top-bill Duvall instead.
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).
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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.
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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.
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Producers Kevin Costner, Jake Eberts and David Valdes put up almost half of the budget from their own money.
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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.
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As revealed during his 2013 appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show, Sir Anthony Hopkins wrote fan letters to Kevin Costner and Robert Duvall after watching Open Range, complimenting them both on their performances in the movie.
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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.
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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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The rifle that Charley uses in the shootout is an 1873 Winchester sporting rifle.
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Clayton Lefthand of the Stoney (Nakoda Sioux) First Nation worked as a film liaison.
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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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The hefty revolver favored by Boss Spearman (Robert Duvall) is a model 1875 Remington Army.
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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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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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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Second movie in which a Kevin Costner character kills a Kim Coates character (gun shot). The first one being Waterworld (stab).

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