Ride the High Country
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Ride the High Country
This Sam Peckinpah-directed feature outing was intended as the cinematic swan song for both Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea; while McCrea would unexpectedly emerge from retirement, this 1961 western serves as an excellent valedictory for both men. The time is the early 1900s, when the Old West was slowly and stubbornly giving way to the new. McCrea plays Steve Judd, an ex-lawman living on the fringes of poverty but maintaining his dignity and honesty. Hired to escort a gold shipment from the wide-open mining town of Coarse Gold, he engages his old pal Gil Westrum (Scott) to help him. But Gil… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Symbols of a waning era who eventually clash over right and wrong, Messrs. McCrea and Scott mesh perfectly, with the latter getting the drollest lines -- and there are plenty."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Ride the High Country vigorously and colorfully brings alive the Old West of cinematic myth."
‑ David Bezanson, Filmcritic.com
"A superior Western featuring two of that genre's greats, Joel McCrea and Randolph Scott, who were both in their 60s at the time..."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Using everything that came before and predicting everything that came after, Ride the High Country can now be seen as the lynchpin in the history of the entire Western genre."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A film of abundant visual beauty through whose heart blows a chill valedictory breeze."
‑ Tom Block, culturevulture.net
"...great entertainment: humorous, adventurous, inventive, and enthralling."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"A much-loved revisionist Western, director Peckinpah's second feature film proved to be a bittersweet swan song for the Old West and a classy farewell to the screen for actors Scott and -- for some years -- McCrea."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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