The Hi-Lo Country
A woman like Mona can drive men to extremes.
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- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 54 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: December 18, 2012
- Originally Released: 1998
- Label: Shout Factory
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Woody Harrelson, Billy Crudup & Patricia Arquette|
|Performer:||Cole Hauser, Penélope Cruz, Jacob Vargas, James Gammon, Lane Smith, Katy Jurado, Sam Elliott, John Diehl, Enrique Castillo, Rosaleen Linehan & Darren Burrows|
|Directed by||Stephen Frears|
|Edited by||Masahiro Hirakubo|
|Screenwriting by||Walon Green|
|Composition by||Carter Burwell|
|Produced by||Tim Bevan, Barbara De Fina, Martin Scorsese & Eric Fellner|
|Director of Photography:||Oliver Stapleton|
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"A good woman is like a good horse, she's got bottom."
- Big Boy (Woody Harrelson) to Pete (Billy Crudup)
...[Harrelson's] lusty, deeply felt and surprisingly gallant performance truly rises to the occasion...
An ultimately overwrought project!
Rating: 2/4 -- The Hi-Lo Country is reserved and even elegiac. It's about itself, rather than about its story. Full Review
A nostalgia trip in more ways than one, successfully recalling the days when meaty westerns were a frequent part of the movies' bill of fare. Full Review
Film Journal International
Rating: 8/10 -- A large, brawling, lusty film which boasts nothing short of mythic resonance! Full Review
Rating: C+ -- Everything is in place for a mythic drama, except the players, who don't begin to fill the boots of the archetypes they're meant to be. Full Review
Mammas, don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys. And while you're at it, don't let them grow up to make movies about cowboys either. Full Review
This epic western combines themes of classic westerns from the past, where cowboys fought to the death for honor and the love of a good woman, while exploring the modern predicament of the death of the true cowboy. Based on the novel by Max Evans, this tale of the friendship between two men is set against the sumptously beautiful lanscape of post-WWII New Mexico. After fighting in the war, two good friends decide to go into cattle business for themselves. Big Boy (Woody Harrelson) is an old-fashioned cowboy, living life on the edge with a drink in one hand and a pistol in the other. His good friend Pete (Billy Crudup) is more mild mannered, but both men work hard to make something of their ranch, struggling to succeed in a world that is quickly becoming hard for small-time cowboys to survive in. Their friendship is tested when they both fall for the same married woman, the lonely and gorgeous Mona (Patricia Arquette). When Big Boy and Mona become lovers, the small town seethes with rumors and jealous men want to see Big Boy dead for his infidelity. Director Stephen Frears displays a keen eye for period detail and the wide open beauty of the surroundings, letting the landscape speak for the film's more laconic characters. Woody Harrelson shines as the kinetic Big Boy with his usual raw energy and spark, while Billy Crudup turns in a typically outstanding performance as his more subdued friend Pete.
Based on the novel by Max Evans, this epic western is set amidst the rugged yet beautiful country of southern New Mexico directly following WWII and focuses on the cowboys who struggled to make it their home. The bond of friendship between two men (Woody Harrelson and Billy Crudup) is tested when they fall for the same woman (Patrica Arquette), who is already married. The film features an outstanding performance by Harrelson as Big Boy, a live-wire cowboy with a reckless heart who refuses to give up the honorable traditions of cowboy living.
- Famed western director Sam Peckinpah owned the rights to this film for many years, but died before he was able to make the film.
- Screenwriter Walon Green wrote the screenplay for Peckinpah's THE WILD BUNCH.
- British director Stephen Frears studied Westerns for three years in preparation for the film.
- THE HI-LO COUNTRY features the first English-language starring role for Spanish actress Penélope Cruz.
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