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Silverado (1985)

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A misfit bunch of friends come together to right the injustices which exist in a small town.

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Lawrence Kasdan
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Kline ... Paden
Scott Glenn ... Emmett
Kevin Costner ... Jake
Danny Glover ... Mal
Marvin J. McIntyre ... Clerk
Brad Leland ... Trooper (as Brad Williams)
Sheb Wooley ... Cavalry Sergeant
Jonathan Kasdan ... Boy at Outpost (as Jon Kasdan)
John Cleese ... Sheriff Langston
Todd Allen ... Deputy Kern
Kenny Call Kenny Call ... Deputy Block
Bill Thurman ... Carter
Meg Kasdan Meg Kasdan ... Barmaid
Dick Durock ... Bar Fighter
Gene Hartline Gene Hartline ... Bar Fighter
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In 1880, four men travel together to the city of Silverado. They come across many dangers before they finally engage the "bad guys" and bring peace and equality back to the city. Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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A dangerous place, in a lawless time... 'Til four friends risked all to make things right. See more »


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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Outlaws See more »

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Budget:

$26,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$33,200,000
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70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

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Color (Technicolor)

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2.39 : 1
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Three of the lead actors had been previously cast in Lawrence Kasdan's earlier film The Big Chill (1983), they being Kevin Kline, Jeff Goldblum, and Kevin Costner. However, the latter's scenes all got deleted, so only two of them appeared in the final cut of The Big Chill (1983), but all three appear in this movie. Patricia Gaul also appeared in both pictures in minor roles. See more »

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Pane glass is shown being used throughout the film. However, this wasn't available in large quantities until the early 20th century 20-30 after the setting the of the film. Any glass used in Silverado should be wave type of glass. See more »

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[first lines]
[Emmett saves Paden's life with a sip of water from his canteen after discovering him abandoned and baking in the desert]
Paden: Pleased to meet you.
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There shoulda been a sequel
13 April 2009 | by morrisonhimselfSee all my reviews

There are two reasons I say there should have been a sequel: One is that, simply, this was so great, so nearly perfect that it deserved and deserves follow-up.

From largest role to smallest (and I don't mean Linda Hunt), the acting was superlative ... and here I have to pause to say it took several viewings for me to finally admit that, yes, even Kevin Costner, whom I generally and thoroughly dislike, was darn good as a cowboy.

I saw this first in a theater, in Hollywood, with people from the industry, and absolutely LOVED it ... except for Kevin Costner.

I was in awe of the script, of the acting, of the photography, of ... well, of everything ... except Kevin Costner.

Well, I watched it recently on Turner Classic Movies and, reluctantly, decided it was just prejudice, however deserved, and in truth Costner really made a very good cowboy.

There is a little secret here I won't completely divulge: Watch how actors mount their horses, and you'll see if they really know Western riding and, for that matter, if the director knows his business.

One of the actors deserving special praise is Brian Dennehy. As far as I am concerned, he can do no wrong. He is one of the very best actors in the business during the last 20 or 30 years, just an absolutely fabulous talent.

Perhaps I shouldn't be surprised, but even Jeff Goldblum was great in this role. Oh, I know he's good, but I would have thought, and did think, that a Western setting would find him out of place. Wrong.

Sheb Wooley has a small part and it was great to see him in what turned out to be one of his last roles. He, of course, was right at home.

Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn, and Danny Glover also looked right at home, as if they had been born making Westerns.

Linda Hunt, another actor who can seemingly do no wrong, was in another movie this same year, 1985, the terribly unfairly ignored "Eleni," and it and "Silverado" both were much better than the movie that carried nearly all the awards, and which I won't name here.

That other film might have deserved the Oscar for its score, but even the score of "Silverado" was first class and would have got my vote if I were allowed to cast a ballot. Bruce Broughton, who has scored mostly for television, looked to be on the way to picking up the mantle of Elmer Bernstein, and I even bought the recorded score -- at retail rates! Which I never do. It is excellent music.

"Silverado" is an almost perfect movie.

Oh, and the second reason there shoulda been a sequel: The last words shouted by the Kevin Costner character. Watch this movie and listen.


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