At least the movie looks good, even though Peckinpah’s camera angles are not always apt. He was only 56 or 57 during filming; the cause must have been all those years out in the sun, living on his ranch with Frances Dee. Behind the camera, he brought in renowned cinematographer Lucien Ballard. © 2020 Time Out England Limited and affiliated companies owned by Time Out Group Plc. Each is a must-see genre staple. Randolph Scott was so pleased with his performance he actually retired saying that he could do no better. He was meant to be a central character in a lengthy opening prologue, almost all of which which was cut from the film and discarded. The colors are lifelike and the clarity is top notch. , The film was a favorite of Bosley Crowther, who saw it in a double bill with The Tartars, greatly preferred Ride the High Country, calling it a "perfectly dandy little Western" and "the most disarming little horse opera in months." Art Direction Leroy Coleman, George W. Davis The movie is like a retirement graduation, complete with a gold watch. Savant first saw Ride the High Country when it was only ten years old, in Jim Kitses’ critical studies class at UCLA. That it hails from the on- set of that decade and of Peckinpah’s career as a feature film director ac-counts for its singular grace and affabil-ity. He then cast it with two aging but commanding stars – Joel McCrea and Randolph Scott – and surrounded them with a brilliant cast many of whom he had worked with before including R.G. She identifies Sam’s father as the source of the characterization for Steve Judd, offering the opinion that Peckinpah would never have behaved the way he did in later years had his father been around. I love a good Western and this one fit the bill. Angered by his old friend's betrayal, he slaps him and challenges him to a draw, but Gil throws down his guns. The performances In the film are exceptional. He bills himself as ‘The Oregon Kid,’ a fake Legend of the West. To our delight, Garner agreed to write introductions for ten films from Sam’s career that span chronologically from Ride the High Country to The Killer Elite. Joel McCrea came from a similar ranching background. Ride the High Country was filmed by ace cameraman and lighting artist Lucien Ballard. With Paul Winters, Aden Yazzie, Greg Bronson, Mike Buskirk. Ride the High Country indeed provides a real moral tale about temptation and redemption. She’s too sheltered to make critical character judgments and he’s too cocksure of himself to stay out of trouble. Armstrong, Jenie Jackson, James Drury, L.Q. Back at the house, he admonishes and slaps her for her behavior. Over the past few years, Warner Bros. has been releasing a line of films on Blu-ray under the umbrella of their Archive Collection. This ranks as one of the best films from Peckinpah with fantastic performances by both Joel McCrea and Randolph Scott. Even in 1972 MGM’s 35mm prints had faded quite a bit, and by the time Ride had been rediscovered and was making the round of repertory theaters, the photochemical prints might as well have been monochrome — featuring brown and a little green. The movie was released on the bottom half of a double bill. A new century has dawned. His contribution to Sam Peckinpah’s two best films is so great that I’m surprised he’s not given more credit for them — when not teamed with a creative, cooperative cameraman, Peckinpah’s work suffers greatly. Six miners were recently murdered trying to transport their gold on the one trail leading down from the crest of the Sierra Nevada. Judd doesn't know that Gil and Heck are planning to steal the gold for themselves—preferably with Judd's help, but without it if necessary. 1962 93 minutes. In the early years of the 20th century, an aging ex-lawman, Steve Judd (Joel McCrea), is hired to transport gold from a high country mining camp to the town of Hornitos, California. As soon as I finished listening to the audiobook, I contacted Garner to see if he was interested in helping our site celebrate Sam’s filmography and also celebrate the release of his book in audio form. They get to wave their hats one more time, as they make way for a new generation. But composer George Bassman’s masterful music score fits the film well. You just forgot it for a while, that's all." There’s a heart to Ballard’s camerawork that’s missing from Peckinpah’s often- indifferent cavalry epic Major Dundee. These mountains don't need your trash!" It was the second movie by director Sam Peckinpah, and its embittered characters and realistic gunplay began to establish the formulas for which he became famous. Blu-ray rates: No trash here though - highly recommended. Her first-person history of their ranch outside of Fresno and her account of Peckinpah’s early life are illustrated with many family photos. Only a selfish, corrupt son of a bitch like Schindler would be able to come up with the exact persuasive argument to do the trick. Stone Jr. , was – according to producer Richard E. Lyons – almost entirely the work of Stone's friend and colleague, William S. Roberts Perhaps the film’s strongest suit is its moral argument, which presumably comes from N.B. And so, if anybody ever doubted it, do a couple of leathery, graying hombres named McCrea and Scott. The performances In the film are exceptional. document.write("This page was last updated on " +document.lastModified+ ""), Ride The High Country (Guns In The Afternoon): The high country: the High Sierras, Bishop, central California. I always did. A Justified Life – Sam Peckinpah and the High Country – This is an extended interview with Sam’s sister who remembers their humble roots growing up and the high and low points of Sam’s life. / Street Date April 4, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 When bad weather rained out the mountain location producer Lyons re-dressed Bronson Caverns to serve as a Sierra-top mining camp. Film locations for Sam Peckinpah's Ride The High Country (Guns In The Afternoon) (1962) in central California. It is an exceptional document of Peckinpah’s career told from those who worked closely with Sam. endstream endobj 75 0 obj <>/Metadata 9 0 R/PageLabels 71 0 R/Pages 72 0 R/StructTreeRoot 23 0 R/Type/Catalog/ViewerPreferences<>>> endobj 76 0 obj <>/MediaBox[0 0 612 792]/Parent 72 0 R/Resources<>/ProcSet[/PDF/Text/ImageB/ImageC/ImageI]/XObject<>>>/Rotate 0/StructParents 0/Tabs/S/Type/Page>> endobj 77 0 obj <>stream Reviewed: April 2, 2017 As with most Warners Blu-rays, the original DVD extra package has been carried over intact. Western fans weren’t holding their breaths for this disc. Even in 1972 we noticed that scenes seemingly meant to take place at night or dusk weren’t very dark. , According to MGM records, the film lost $160,000. Déjà vu! It’s a great performance. Distributie Ride the High Country - In goana banilor, actori: Randolph Scott, Mariette Hartley, Joel McCrea, Warren Oates, John Anderson, Edgar Buchanan, regizor: Sam Peckinpah TV viewers of the seventies thought she was married to James Garner because they were featured in a long-running TV commercial campaign for Polaroid. Try another? When they reach the Coarse Gold mining camp, they soon discover that the girl's fiancé, Billy Hammond (James Drury), is a drunken lout who intends to prostitute her to his four thuggish brothers, Elder (John Anderson), Sylvus (L. Q. Jones), Jimmy (John Davis Chandler) and Henry (Warren Oates).
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