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At Theaters: 8/15/2003 On Video: 1/20/2004
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. 19 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 419932
Studio: Touchstone Pictures Inc.
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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.
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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.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Robert Duvall GODS AND GENERALS, JOHN Q, THE 6TH DAY
Wri/Dir/Actor: Kevin Costner TIN CUP, JFK
Annette Bening WHAT PLANET ARE YOU FROM?, AMERICAN BEAUTY
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Production Notes Heading
About The Production
Assembling The Cast
Finding And Creating The 'Open Range'
Production Begins
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Content Heading
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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Above Average

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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full 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.''

Roger Ebert  Full 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).''

USA TODAY  Full 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 character-driven.''

TV Guide Online  Full 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 Eastwood.''

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 240 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
9
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
4
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
18
Very High
94%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
18
High
94%
30+Adults (M)
102
Very High
100%
30+Adults (F)
89
Very High
100%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

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.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
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.
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