Ride the High Country
Ride the High Country (1962)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 10, 2006
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84%



Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

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David Bezanson
Filmcritic.com

Ride the High Country vigorously and colorfully brings alive the Old West of cinematic myth.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A superior Western featuring two of that genre's greats, Joel McCrea and Randolph Scott, who were both in their 60s at the time...

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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.

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Tom Block
culturevulture.net

A film of abundant visual beauty through whose heart blows a chill valedictory breeze.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...great entertainment: humorous, adventurous, inventive, and enthralling.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Peckinpah's debut is one kickass western. Highlights include a stunning death scene and a truly moving "The End" final shot. Features some… More
Conner Rainwater
I think this is actually a pretty cool movie and I enjoyed it as much as I possibly could. However, I'm not a big fan of Joel McCrea or Randolph Scott.… More
jay nixon
Beautifully shot western with performances by Joel McCrea and Randolph Scott that distill their personas perfectly.
Michael Gildea
Ride the High Country is a great western that had so much potential to turn into just another forgettable western, but under Sam Peckinpah's incredible… More
Chris Weber
This early effort by "Bloody Sam" is one of many elegiac westerns the lauded director helmed. Hmm, now that I think about it, pretty much every… More
Randy Tippy
There's just something about watching Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea on horseback that makes me want to mosey along down yonder and punch some little… More