Open Range (2-DVD)
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- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: R
- Run Time: 2 hours, 19 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: January 20, 2004
- Originally Released: 2003
- Label: Walt Disney Video
- 2-Disc Set
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35
- Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Kevin Costner & Robert Duvall|
|Performer:||Annette Bening, Michael Gambon, Abraham Benrubi, Diego Luna, Michael Jeter & James Russo|
|Directed by||Kevin Costner|
|Screenwriting by||Craig Storper|
|Composition by||Michael Kamen|
|Produced by||David Valdes, Kevin Costner & Jake Eberts|
|Director of Photography:||James M. Muro|
|Executive Production by||Craig Storper & Armyan Bernstein|
Rating: 3/4 -- A flawed but highly entertaining B Western blown up to John Ford scale.
New York Daily News
...An authentic old-fashioned epic likely to generate rooting interest from moviegoing traditionalists...
Rating: 3.5/4 -- The thunderous climax -one of the muddiest, bloodiest and most chaotic gunfights of the 2000s -makes it clear that Kevin Costner's plaintive, patient, slightly overlong Western was only sitting for a spell to race toward the finish. Full Review
The Film Yap
...[Costner] has studied the great old westerns closely, and his reverence pays off in the grandeur of the images...
New York Times
This is a truly outstanding film, with great performances, particularly from Duvall. Full Review
Just about everything in this movie has its antecedent: a little bit of Shane here, a chunk of High Noon there, and so on. And yet it's all rather pleasing, in a regressive sort of way.
New York Magazine/Vulture
Rating: A -- Range is handed a stunning period scope by Costner's directorial eye, while forming an unexpectedly tender core to help endear these character past their grizzled exterior. Full Review
Set in the early 1880s, this Western directed by Kevin Costner (DANCES WITH WOLVES, THE POSTMAN) is a classic tale of the good guys verses the bad guys with a romance thrown in for good measure. Boss Spearman (Robert Duvall) and Charley Waite (Kevin Costner) are free grazers, riding herds of cattle across the country and grazing as they go. But a local rancher, Denton Baxter (Michael Gambon), considers Boss and his boys thieves, and is determined to run them out of his town by any means possible--even murder. Duvall is endearing as the tough but tender Boss, who has the courage of his convictions and refuses to be intimidated by Baxter. Costner's Charley has worked for Boss for ten years while trying to forget his past, only to find himself drawn back into conflict. Lovable Mose (Abraham Benrubi) and teenager Button (Diego Luna) round out the free grazers' team. Annette Bening stars as the town doctor's sister, Sue, who is drawn to Charley's gentle demeanor and is unfazed by his ability to kill. Beautiful scenery, a script peppered with humor, and solid performances--especially from Duvall and the supporting cast--make Costner's fourth foray into directing enjoyable.
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment.:
Packed with epic action, OPEN RANGE is a powerfully gripping story that's never been told until now, and stars Academy Award(R) winners Robert Duvall (1983 Best Actor, TENDER MERCIES) and Kevin Costner (1991 Best Director, DANCES WITH WOLVES), and Academy Award(R) nominee Annette Bening (1999 Best Actress, AMERICAN BEAUTY). A group of free grazers, four men trying to escape their past, 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.
- Theatrical Release: August 15, 2003