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Four men freegraze their cattle across the vast prairies of the West, sharing a friendship forged by a steadfast code of honor and living a life unencumbered by civilization. When their wayward herd forces them near a small town, the cowboys encounter a corrupt Sheriff and kingpin rancher who govern the territory through fear, tyranny and violence.
Action Drama Western - This is a slow moving drama about life that's set in the old west.
It's a story about overcoming ones past and about respect,
friendship and fairness. It's a movie mainly for adults.
PROFANITY: 7 GD's, 2 S-words, several milder words. SEX/NUDITY: Some mild talk of sexual activity with women. VIOLENCE: Lots of killing in a gun fight. Brutal but not especially graphic. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: There's some drinking and smoking. Nothing to excess. ACTION: It's a slow story until the gun battle at the end. COMEDY: There's a LOT of humor for such a serious story.
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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic
Review Good "There's something a little old-fashioned about Open Range,
despite its modern approach to Western motifs. The cinematography is gorgeous,
and could have been lifted out of a John Ford picture.''
Review Very Good "Kevin Costner's Open Range, an imperfect but
deeply involving and beautifully made Western, works primarily because it
expresses the personal values of a cowboy named Boss (Robert Duvall) and his
employee of 10 years, Charley (Costner).''
Review Above Average "An authentic old-fashioned epic likely to generate
rooting interest from moviegoing traditionalists, this sprawler pokes along more
than a Western ever should — even one that's basically reflective and
TV Guide OnlineFull
Review Average "A leisurely elegy for the American West with Kevin
Costner's Unforgiven written all over it. That's not inherently a bad
thing: Clint Eastwood's UNFORGIVEN (1992) is one of the best Westerns of the
late 20th century. The drawback is that actor-turned-director Costner isn't
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
We collected 240 moviegoer opinions. As predicted, these are some outstanding opinions. Nearly everyone loved Open Range. DON'T MISS IT!
Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
Kevin Costner needs to stick with westerns because he does them so well. Open Range may not be quite as good as Dances With Wolves, but it's real close. The pacing of the story, which is rather slow most of the time, and the high quality of the story are similar to Dances With Wolves. Besides being great storytelling and entertaining, it also has messages of respect, friendship, loyalty and fairness. You leave very satisfied and with a good feeling. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND OPEN RANGE! However, it will likely be best enjoyed by adults due to the slow pace.
Charley Waite (KEVIN COSTNER), Boss Spearman (Oscar® winner ROBERT DUVALL), "Button” (DIEGO LUNA) and Mose Harrison (ABRAHAM BENRUBI), are all men trying to escape their pasts— and the one place where a man can be free is on the open range, driving cattle in a land where nature makes the only laws. Bound to each other by the "Code of the West”—standing up for what's right, showing loyalty to those closest to you—the cowboys try to avoid violence. But one frontier town that rules through fear and tyranny changes their lives and forces them into action.
Amidst this turmoil, life suddenly takes an unexpected turn for loner Charley when he meets the spirited Sue Barlow (Oscar® nominee ANNETTE BENING), a woman who embraces both his heart and his soul. As these courageous men prepare for the decisive battle that looms, they are also forced to confront and conquer their own internal demons.