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Ride The High Country [1962]

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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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001F6RFV0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,340 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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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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By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 April 2009
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"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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"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 genre.

The film sees ageing lawman Steve Judd land a job of escorting a gold shipment safely to a bank in Hornitos. After running into old friend, and fellow aged lawman Gil Westrun, he hires both he and his young sparky sidekick Heck Longtree to hopefully see the job through to a successful conclusion. Yet Gil has other ideas, for where Steve is upstanding and adhering to the values he has lived his life by, Gil sees this as one last chance to actually get a big payday. The journey takes a further twist as the three men meet and then save Elsa Knudsen from a brutal marriage, it's an incident that puts them all on a collision course with the Hammond brothers.

What we have here is Sam Peckinpah's first film dealing with men who have outlived their time. We witness some emotionally poignant stuff as the two main protagonists know that they have aged beyond their world, yet as alike as they are, they have different ideals in how to deal with the advent of time. The masterstroke here is the casting of genre legends Joel McRea & Randolph Scott as Steve & Gil respectively. It's evident from the off that both men are identifying with their characters, with both men hitting top emotional form to fully realise the thematic heart of the story. Mariette Hartley makes her film debut as Elsa, and she fits in nicely with the quality on show behind and in front of the camera. Lucien Ballard's cinematography is gorgeous as the various California locations envelope the protagonists in a sort of elegiac way, and Peckinpah directs with his heart as well as his head.
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