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Open Range (2003) (Blu-ray) (Region 2) (Import)
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Skadinavian Edition, PAL/Region 2 Blu-Ray 1080p High Definition Widescreen DTS-HD Master Audio: Subtitles: Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish. Audio: English. No English Subtitles. Packed with epic action, Open Range is a powerfully gripping story that's never been told until now, and stars Academy Award winners Robert Duvall (John Q) and Kevin Costner (Tin Cup), and Academy Award nominee Annette Bening (American Beauty). A group of free grazers, four men trying to escape their pasts, are driving cattle and living off the land on the open range-a place where nature makes the only laws. When a ruthless, evil rancher tries to run them out of town, the men's peaceful existence takes a tumultuous turn and ends in the grittiest, most explosive gunfight on film as two men battle a town for honor, justice and a way of life that's quickly disappearing.
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Ok, it aint original is it? Well, watch the movie and you will feel like this is the first time you have ever seen this plot. It feels so fresh and original. The vast majority of the credit should be given to Kevin Costner himself. On the directing side, he manages to use subtlty and reality in perfect combination. He uses the terrific landscapes spectacularly and allows the actors to instill a genuine sense of belonging to the area. The climactic gunfight is as thrilling as it is realistic. Five shots can be fired, one may hit the target (and that goes for good and bad guys).
Performance wise, Michael Gambon is wonderfully nasty in what is essentially a cameo appearance. Annette Benning plays her role neatly, sticking to the woman-with-morals line. But the two leads, Duvall and Costner, ARE the film. Duvall can do no wrong when playing the older, wiser friend. Here he adds a menace and power little seen before. Costner is breathtaking. The opportunities to glam-up his tough cowboy role are completely avoided in favour of a complex, shy and tortured man. A man who has fallen in love sits effortlessly with a gunslinger trying to forget his violent history.
Open Range should really have found its way to Oscar night. Costner has demonstrated that Dances with Wolves was no fluke. In my humble opinion, this film is better. It is a simple narrative, played honestly...and is all the better without any showey "oscar-look-at-me" moments.Read more ›
The lead role in this western actually belongs to Kevin Costner, who plays Spearman's trail partner and employee, Charlie Waite. Boss is a cattleman that practices free-range grazing, i.e. driving his herd from place to place, only staying long enough for the animals to deplete the available food supply. But it's 1882, ranchers are beginning to fence in the West, and freegrazers are an endangered species. So, its no surprise when Charlie and Boss are ordered to take their beeves and get out of Dodge, so to speak, by big time rancher Baxter (Michael Gambon), who also owns the local town and its sheriff. Waite and Spearman are soon backed into a corner when the latter's two other hired hands, Mose (Abraham Benrubi) and Button (Diego Luna), run seriously afoul of Baxter's thugs.
It would be hard to choose between the better performance - Costner or Duvall - both playing characters so strong, self-reliant and silent that neither knows the other's full name. And they've been riding the West together for ten years! Nor does Boss know Charlie's violent history, which included being a Civil War raider, and then a hired gun much like the ones now working for Baxter. When Charlie falls in love with Sue (Annette Bening), the spinster sister of the local sawbones, his guilt over his rough-edged past is a self-imposed handicap that Sue, who sees Waite's inner goodness, must overcome.
Moviegoers accustomed to a steady diet of mindless, FX-laden action thrillers may find the first three-quarters of OPEN RANGE slow going.Read more ›
When freegrazers Charley Waite (Kevin Costner) and Boss Spearman (Robert Duvall) move into a new patch of territory with their companions Button and Mose Harrison, local rancher Baxter (a sinister Michael Gambon) begins to bother the four. After the killing of Mose and the injuring of Button, Charley and Boss Spearman go out for revenge and start making trouble for Baxter and his cronies.
Altogether, the film is well acted and doesn't get overly long, although some scenes could be edited, such as where we are first introduced to the band of ranchers on a rainy day in the hills.
There is never an unconvincing act from any of the cast, especially Duvall, whose form is brilliant as usual. Costner and Annete Bening are also shining in this piece as the rancher and the doctors sister who form the love story within the film. Michael Gambon is also great as the local rancher who rules the townsfolk, making himself fearful and evil.
But it has to be the fantastic gun fight which makes the film so good. So realistic and enthralling is the gunfight between Charley and Boss and Baxter and his ranchers that you know this sequence was worth the wait.
Whether your thing is romance or drama or action, Costner's directorial return is a true return to form. This film should not be missed, especially not by Western fans.
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This film was panned when it came out because true to Costner tradition it was not cool to make westerns now it is considered worthy, I loved the film on big screen straight away... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Slim Pickins
It seems you love or hate this film. Sadly for me its a hate, BUT dont hold that against me. Everyone has different testes.Published 2 months ago by Smally