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  • Actors: John Barrymore Jnr, Chill Wills, John Archer, Lois Butler, Kristine Miller
  • Directors: Alan Le May
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Pegasus Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 19 May 2007
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0040GMJJ0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,779 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


The residents of an isolated cattle ranch have their quiet and peaceful lives turned upside down when a young drifter is found on their property in the dead of night. The boy claims a local merchant stole money from him and so, with the help of two strangers, he killed the alleged thief. A mysterious and unsettling drama unfolds as, upon describing his accomplices, the locals realise he's talking about two men they know…but who died 15 years ago. Did the young man really carry out the crime or can the ghosts of two dead cowboys be guilty of murder?

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Lloyd on 8 Nov. 2010
Format: DVD
The other review says it all really, but again an enjoyable Western that has an added slant of dead men rising.

A boy is found unconsciouse in the dead of night on local land and tells a tale of being robbed by a local merchant but then being rescued by two cowboys who shot the merchant dead, however when he describes the helpful cowboys they are long since dead, ghosts ? possesion ? a nice unusual twist that makes the film more enjoyable.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Oct. 2010
Format: DVD
It would be very easy to deride this film. The classic cowboy collection is not always of the highest quality, but it does sometimes throw up some hidden curiosities that would otherwise never get an airing. The sort of B productions that you will never get the opportunity to see again on TV. The VHS quality of the picture and the lamentably bad performance of the lead actor John Barrymore jnr are bound to put some people off, but that is to do the film a grave injustice as there is much to admire in it, and it has a pedigree that many bigger productions cannot boast. In short it is the sort of film that a western anorak like me devours with relish.

The film marked the famous western writer Alan LeMay's only excursion into the directors chair. He is more famous for providing the novels behind such westerns as John Ford's epic "The Searchers", John Huston's "The Unforgiven", and Gary Cooper's "Along Came Jones, where Coop lampooned his own taciturn cowboy image. LeMay also provided the intelligent if a little unusual screenplay. The film was the second for the production company he briefly formed with producer George Templeton. The two had already made "The Sundowners", using much of the same cast from that film which I have already reviewed on Amazon. For some strange reason they stood by the teenage John Barrymore jnr, seemingly trying to cash in on the family name. They must surely have recognised his limited acting abilities in scenes with so many experienced old hands. Barrymore's limited range consisted of shouting his lines and an over reliance on some Maori like contorted facial expressions. He appears to be the only member of the exalted Barrymore dynasty who could not act. His daughter Drew seems to be doing a little better in carrying the family flag.
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By Mr. Ian S. Hunt on 11 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
nothing very special social workers will like it
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
High at times and somewhat Loathsome. 10 Jun. 2006
By R. W. Kehr - Published on
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If you like westerns, this movie has some moments. It was filmed in the Big Bend river country of Texas on the property of 6 working ranches. The technicolor photography is rich and scenic. There are some accomplished actors giving good performances as well some servicable ones by what must be genuine ranch hands based on their looks and riding ability. Unfortunately, the story is somewhat preposterous and it's main focus is on the character played (and I use that word in it's fullest sense) by the only Barrymore who couldn't act - John Drew Barrymore, father of his middle named daughter. Because of his famous lineage, J.D. bypassed the learning process of acting experience and jumped into lead roles like this one. Other than shouting out his lines, his entire range consists of contorted facial expressions to show suprise, fear and God knows what-all. The price of admission is almost worth the laughter it provokes. Because the producers or director couldn't have failed to notice how inept his acting was, most of his scenes take place with a squeaky voiced actress who deflects attention from him by being even more annoying. Also it must be noted that if music were medication then this movie is overmedicated. The soundtrack is shrill and overbearing, particularly in the beginning.

So what are the good points? Chill Wills gives the kind of appealing folksy performance before he became a cariacture and Basil Ruysdael as the father left me wanting to see more of him in something (anything) else. The film was directed and written by Alan LeMay who can be forgiven for this since his story was the source for Ford's "The Searchers". And there's the landscape spread out over 6 ranches, from arroyos to plains to riversides. As for John Drew Barrymore- well, he's got beautiful blue eyes and a great head of hair which as Mick Jagger once said is all you need to be a rock star. Not a film star.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not quite as severe in my judgment.... 21 Aug. 2006
By B. Cathey - Published on
Format: DVD
HIGH LONESOME was Eagle-Lion's sequel to THE SUNDOWNERS (1950). While several cast members from the earlier film also appear in this one, most notably Chill Wills, the film lacks the "star-power" of a Robert Preston (or Robert Sterling). John Barrymore Jr. isn't as bad as some have written, but neither does he give the film that essential lift that it needs to be truly memorable. Still, for the price, and the fine camera work, and for Chill Wills (who always adds something), the film is worth investigating. Again, thanks to VCI gives us a handsome print..and we owe them thanks.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
b &w of a color film 18 Sept. 2008
By don varnedore - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
the movie is high lonesome it was in the details as a b&w film but i didn't see that. now if i send it back it will cost me so i am stuck with this copy.too much trouble to send back i have not seen this sort of thing since the days of vhs tape it was common pratice then but now it's wierd.i did get the color version put out by by vci and it is be careful and look at the product details.i would not want you to be had.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I really liked it 30 April 2013
By Nelson - Published on
I thought the movie was well written, well acted and well directed. The movie had a great storyline, full of suspense. A real WHO is the killer kind of thing. I really enjoyed it.
Not worth the money!!! 28 Jun. 2014
By Hope Williams - Published on
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The film quality is terrible in this version, it was pixelated and barely visible. Why pay to watch this horrible rendition of High Lonesome when you can watch free on youtube and in color. Not worth the money.
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