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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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4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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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Storyline

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

Having spent a week volunteering for Mother Teresa's children's sanctuary, Penélope Cruz donated her entire salary for this film to the charity. See more »

Goofs

A Coke vending machine is clearly labeled ten cents. In this part of the country in the late 1940s it would have been five cents. Around 1960 vending machines went to six cents, quite a novelty at the time, requiring two coins to get a Coke. It was later in the 1960s when vending machines finally went to ten cents. See more »

Quotes

Big Boy Matson: The only time to yell is when you're with somebody, or when you're alone.
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A Great Movie Western
5 September 1999 | by Zilla-4See all my reviews

This is a wonderful movie produced by Martin Scorcese's group and is the best contemporary western I've seen since "Unforgiven". In some ways it is like a Cormac McCarthy novel brought to life. It has a mature and literate screenplay by Walon Green, is well acted by Billy Crudup and Woody Harrelson, has strong supporting performances by a large and perfectly cast group of actors (including Patricia Arquette, Katy Jurado, Sam Elliott, and Penelope Cruz), is beautifully photographed by Oliver Stapleton against spectacular backdrops in New Mexico, is very well directed by Stephen Frears, and has a haunting score by the superb Carter Burwell. Only an overly sentimental last scene weakens an otherwise great film, but the movie is still well worth seeing.


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Official Sites:

Gramercy

Country:

UK | Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hi-Lo Country See more »

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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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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