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The Hi-Lo Country (1998)

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Two cowboys have their friendship tested when they fall for the same girl.

Director:

Stephen Frears

Writers:

Max Evans (novel), Walon Green (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Crudup ... Pete Calder
Woody Harrelson ... Big Boy Matson
Cole Hauser ... Little Boy Matson
Enrique Castillo ... Levi Gomez
Darren E. Burrows ... Billy Harte (as Darren Burrows)
Jacob Vargas ... Delfino Mondragon
Robert Knott ... Jack Couffer
Sam Elliott ... Jim Ed Love
Sandy Baron ... Henchman
Patricia Arquette ... Mona Birk
John Diehl ... Les Birk
Craig Carter Craig Carter ... Art Logan
Penélope Cruz ... Josepha O'Neil
Walter C. Hall Walter C. Hall ... Auctioneer
James Gammon ... Hoover Young
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An intimate story of the enduring bond of friendship between two hard-living men, set against a sweeping backdrop: the American West, post-World War II, in its twilight. Pete and Big Boy are masters of the prairie, but ultimately face trickier terrain: the human heart. Written by Anonymous

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A woman like Mona can drive men to extremes.

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Drama | Romance | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality, a scene of violence, and for brief language | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Director Sam Peckinpah tried to get this movie produced for years, but unfortunately he died before he had the chance. See more »

Goofs

After Billy urinates on Steve Shaw and the lawyer in the bar, different shots do not show any urine on the floor or table where they had been sitting. See more »

Quotes

Josepha O'Neil: Old Meesa says that lovers come back as coyotes and cry for the love they've lost.
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Underrated
11 March 2012 | by 807See all my reviews

Set in the late 1940s, The Hi-Lo Country is a strange mix of drama, romance, western, buddy movie and something that can be best described as an Americana version of Latin America's magical realism: there's even a witch telling the future, and her prophecy fulfills! The movie does not offer much in terms of action: it rather sets out to be a "slice-of-life" piece, taking a look both at the events and the changes occurring in all the lead characters. I can understand this kind of approach can be disliked by some viewers; still, I found this movie interesting and somewhat underrated (picked it one evening on the cable). If you like a movie that emphasizes the mood instead of the actual action and with a strong cast ensemble (watch for Northern Exposure's Darren Burrows!), this is for you. 7 out of 10.


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Official Sites:

Gramercy

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UK | Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1999 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Bernal, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,712, 3 January 1999

Gross USA:

$166,082

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$166,082
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2.35 : 1
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