Open Range

2003

Action / Drama / Romance / Western

194
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 79%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 84%
IMDb Rating 7.4 10 64906

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Cast

Kevin Costner as Charley Waite
Robert Duvall as Boss Spearman
Michael Gambon as Denton Baxter
Kim Coates as Butler
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899.41 MB
1280*720
English 2.0
R
23.976 fps
2 hr 19 min
P/S 8 / 31
2.05 GB
1920*1080
English 2.0
R
23.976 fps
2 hr 19 min
P/S 4 / 30

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by dave_martin2008 10 / 10

One of the best

I never get tired of this movie and I don't even want to count the times that I have seen it. Beautifully written, great acting, costumes, scenery. I cannot think of anything I didn't like about it. Annette Bening is definitely one of my favorite actors right along up there with Robert Duvall. Costner was great in this too. I was drawn into this from the opening and maintained the same level of interest until the end credits. I think this is one of the must see westerns and rate it up there along with such classics as The Searchers, Shane and High Noon. I am a huge western fan and when I come across a great one, I can be entertained by watching again as though it were the first time because with great writing, there is always a small part you might pick up the next time you see it that you missed the first time.

Reviewed by Nazi_Fighter_David 8 / 10

Duvall steals the show with a charismatic portrayal of a man who exudes kindness

In "Open Range," we are drawn to two men running from their pasts, an aging lonely cowboy, Boss Spearman (Duvall), and his long time second hand man Charley Waite (Kevin Costner). They drive their herd of cattle from a vast prairie to another with their two young helpers: the giant Mose (Abraham Benrubi), a gentle fellow who mostly works as wagon driver and cook and Button (Diego Luna), a teenaged orphan eager to prove himself to his elders…

The plot is launched when the four free-range cowboys encounter the town boss, the merciless Denton Baxter (Michael Gambon), a menacing Irish immigrant who actively hates free-grazers, and wants their herd vanished from the territory one way or another…

To make his feelings known, Baxter and his henchmen severely injure the two young cowboys…

Boss treats the boy's wounds himself, and then takes him, with Charley, to the town's doctor where Sue Barlow (Annette Bening), the doctor's middle-aged sister, cares for him… There, in their confusion and anger, the duo realize that they're now on their way for a high noon gun battle, not only for revenge, but to protect their way of life as well…

Costner's character, Charlie Waite is an enigmatic, sensitive type who does not show much emotion… He has been taking orders from Boss for a decade, but their coming confrontation with Baxter and his thugs begins to reshape their relationship… Charlie has a troubled violent past of which he's not proud, but it's a past which will help him in the bloody fight to come…

As the story goes relentlessly toward the clash between Baxter's brutes and the two cattlemen, Sue unexpectedly catches Charley's eye… She is a strong capable woman who discovers exactly what Charley is when she first meets him… Charley was more than a little worried… What if Sue sees his malicious side, it might scare her off…

Duvall is exceptional as usual… He is strong and flexible… He steals the show with a charismatic portrayal of a man who exudes kindness as expressed in his concern for the wounded young boy… In one of the movie's few striking moments, Boss buys an expensive Swiss chocolate from the town's general store and then offers the storekeeper a piece of it when he finds that he has never tried it himself because he can't afford it… Duvall handles this scene relaxed and with all the graciousness and warmth…

The film's cinematography is superb, due in part to the green, forested mountain slopes against the stunning snow-capped peaks, marked with occasional torrential thunderstorms

Reviewed by WubsTheFadger 8 / 10

Open Range

Short and Simple Review by WubsTheFadger

First off, the story is very simple. Some free range cattle farmers are told to leave because the owner of the land doesn't want these filthy free folk on his land. Things turn violent when the farmers want to settle things diplomatically. The story is told in a very slow fashion but is extremely powerful.

The acting is the best part about the film. Kevin Costner delivers a stunning performance as a man torn between what he truly is and what he want to become. Michael Jeter also delivers an amazing performance. Robert Duvall, Annette Bening, Michael Gambon, Abraham Benrubi, and Diego Luna also perform well.

The pacing is very slow until the end. The film wants us to connect and study the characters as real people. But the pacing can be seen as slow nonetheless. Also the runtime is overlong.

Pros: Simple story, great ending, amazing performance by Kevin Costner and Michael Jeter, good acting, and great character studies

Cons: Very slow pacing and an overlong runtime

Overall Rating: 8.4

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