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Ride The High Country [1962]

Randolph Scott , Joel McCrea , Sam Peckinpah    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea, Mariette Hartley, Ron Starr, Edgar Buchanan
  • Directors: Sam Peckinpah
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner Bros
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001F6RFV0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,414 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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SYNOPSIS: In this brilliant, moving film directed by Sam Peckinpah (The Wild Bunch), cowboy icons Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea find roles to match their leathery Western personas, playing aging lawmen hired to guard a gold shipment. They don't have much: a horse each, a couple of dollars. And they have everything: their independence. But the frontier is disappearing - and so is space wide open enough for independent men. With luck, the two will find space enough for this ride and one last payday. They will also find adventure, including the dramatice rescue of a mistreated bride (Mariette Hartley), gun-blazing shootouts and a life-changing betrayal. Both an exciting Western and a heart-lifting homage to the genre "Ride The High Coutry" is a journey into greatness. ABOUT THE DVD: This is a release by WARNER HOME VIDEO for the UK market (Region 2 PAL format - which will play on all standard DVD players in Europe - buyers outside of Europe will need a multi-region player in order to play this DVD). The film is presented in COLOUR and in its original 2.35:1 aspect ratio WIDESCREEN format and runs for 90 minutes in total - the AUDIO is the original ENGLISH language - SUBTITLES are also in English only (ther are both standard and hard-of-hearing versions of the subs) - SPECIAL FEATURES on the disc include a new featurete 'A Justified Life: Sam Peckinpah and the High Country' and an audio commentary by Packinpah's boigraphers.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
MGM thought they were producing just another B-Wesern when director Sam Peckinpah made this 1962 movie, but "Ride in the High Country" turns out to be a classic of the genre. Aging ex-Marshall Steve Judd (Joel McRae) is hired to transport a load of gold from a mining camp to town. He hires his old friend, Gil Westrum (Randolph Scott) and a younger one, Heck Longtree (Ron Starr) to help him guard the gold. Westrum tries to convince Judd to steal the gold, but Judd refuses. They attend the wild wedding of Elsa (Mariette Hartley), who ends up running away with them, having fallen for young Heck. While the groom's family comes after Elsa, Westrum and Longtree try to steal the gold. Judd stops them and vows to bring them in for trial. But when the in-laws catch up with Judd, Westrum returns to help out his old friend in one last gun battle.
"Ride the High Country" is about the death of the Old West. This film was supposed to be the last film for both Scott and McRae, although McRae changed his mind afterwards. Peckinpah presents a natural Western, in settings far removed from the Monument Valley splendor we associate with John Ford. Both the dialogue and the performances represent that realism as well. The final scene between Scott and McRae is as touching as any this side of "Shane." Of course, Peckinpah goes on to deal with the end of the Old West in a more different fashion in his classic "The Wild Bunch." But I really think this is the better Western once you get past all the bloody violence of the other one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Film That enters its House Justified. 5 April 2009
By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
"Ride the High Country" aka "Guns in the Afternoon", when first released went almost unnoticed, and was generally acknowledged to be just anther B western. But it is far from that! It is perhaps my own personal favourite western of all time, and I have watched a few! It has been somewhat forgotten which is sad, because it is one that should be in anyone's top ten list of westerns. It contains perhaps one of cinemas saddest and most poignant endings. It is in short a wonderful achievement. Peckinpah moved to film from TV having directed the excellent "The Westerner" series, starring Brian Keith. He then moved into film, making the excellent and also largely forgotten "The Deadly Companions"(60). After "Ride the High Country" he went on to make "The Wild Bunch"(69), another film that contains greatness.

In this film Joel McCrea and Randolph Scott are perfectly cast as a pair of ageing ex lawmen. McCrea has fallen on hard times and doesn't have two cents to rub together. Scott is busy trying to fleece punters in his fairground show, his law enforcing days long forgotten.

The following exchange between McCrea and Scott sums up McCrea's philosophy on life, a good man who truly believes that a good reputation is worth more than gold or silver. Scott says in some of cinemas greatest lines "Partner, you know what's on a poor man's back when he dies? The clothes of pride! And they're not a bit warmer to him dead than they were when he was alive" There is a pause and he adds "What do you want, Steve?"
McCrea's reply is startling and makes you sit bolt upright. "To enter my House justified". The quote is from the Bible in the book of Luke. The biblical cadence continues through the film with other quotes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fIlm that enters its House Justified 12 Oct 2008
By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
"Ride the High Country" aka "Guns in the Afternoon", when first released went almost unnoticed, and was generally acknowledged to be just anther B western. But it is far from that! It is perhaps my own personal favourite western of all time, and I have watched a few! It has been somewhat forgotten which is sad, because it is one that should be in anyone's top ten list of westerns. It contains perhaps one of cinemas saddest and most poignant endings. It is in short a towering achievement. Peckinpah moved to film from TV having directed the excellent "The Westerner" series, starring Brian Keith. He then moved into film, making the excellent and also largely forgotten "The Deadly Companions"(60). After "Ride the High Country" he went on to make "The Wild Bunch"(69), another film that contains greatness.

In the this film Joel McCrea and Randolph Scott are perfectly cast as a pair of ageing ex lawmen. McCrea has fallen on hard times and doesn't have two cents to rub together. Scott is busy trying to fleece punters in his fairground show, his law enforcing days long forgotten.

The following exchange between McCrea and Scott sums up McCrea's philosophy on life, a good man who truly believes that a good reputation is worth more than gold or silver. Scott says in some of cinemas greatest lines "Partner, you know what's on a poor man's back when he dies? The clothes of pride! And they're not a bit warmer to him dead than they were when he was alive" There is a pause and he adds "What do you want, Steve?"
McCrea's reply is startling and makes you sit bolt upright. "To enter my House justified". The quote is from the Bible in the book of Luke. The biblical cadence continues through the film with other quotes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars touching and humorous
Sam Peckinpah's 1962 "Ride the High Country" interested me after his "Major Dundee," filmed a few years later, came as a bit of a disappointment. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Stanley Crowe
3.0 out of 5 stars An ok Western!
I may be going against the grain, but I was slightly disappointed by this movie. It was slow and laboured. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Speedigee
5.0 out of 5 stars Ride the High Country
This DVD arrived on time and was securely packed . The picture and sound quality was of a very high standard . Read more
Published on 23 Oct 2012 by hillwalker
5.0 out of 5 stars Scott and McCrea two giants of the screen
Just like The Shootist was for John Wayne this fantastic Sam Peckinpah film was a glorious swansong for two greats of the screen Joel McCrea and Randolph Scott. Read more
Published on 2 Jun 2012 by DONJAUN
5.0 out of 5 stars ride the high country
this is a great sam pekinpah western with two veteren great actors randolph scott and joel mcree. a story of two aging gunfighters finding themselvs outmoded in ever changing... Read more
Published on 5 Nov 2011 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Western
Ride the High Country is a good western about two ageing cowboys brought together to do a thankless task. Read more
Published on 30 Sep 2011 by HBH
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite western
Rate this higher than High Noon , Shane etc although I love those westerns. Superb acting from Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea.I found the ending particularly moving.
Published on 26 Sep 2011 by sheepdog
5.0 out of 5 stars Revisonist splendour as Peckinpah starts his thematic obsession.
"All I want is to Enter My House Justified"

Sam Peckinpah's second feature film is today standing up as a must see and must own for those interested in the Western... Read more
Published on 24 July 2011 by Spike Owen
4.0 out of 5 stars Good western
I was pleasntly surprised by the acting & script, it's definitely a cut above the average type western that I'd expected.
Published on 23 Feb 2011 by davidswiss1
5.0 out of 5 stars "All I want is to enter my house justified"
Sam Peckinpah's elegaic western, also known as "Guns In The Afternoon, is surely one of the finest in its genre. Read more
Published on 19 April 2009 by F. A. Fitzsimons
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