The Hi-Lo Country
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Acclaimed director Stephen Frears helms the film version of the admired novel that for years Sam Peckinpah tried to get made. The film is an intimate story of the enduring bond of friendship between two hard-living men, set against a sweeping backdrop: the American West, post-World War II, in its twilight. Pete and Big Boy are masters of the prairie, but ultimately face trickier terrain: the human heart. Patricia Arquette co-stars as the woman who will eventually come between the two men.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"High quality, beautifully shot!"
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Strong and heart-felt performances by Billy Crudup and Woody Harrelson make Hi-Lo Country an immensely appealing drama."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A large, brawling, lusty film which boasts nothing short of mythic resonance!"
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"An outstanding performance by Woody Harrelson!"
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"For a film about grand passions, there is no fire to this film."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"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."
‑ Kevin Lally, Film Journal International
"Interesting and often entertaining!"
‑ Jim Judy, Screen It!
"An ultimately overwrought project!"
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman,
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"Let this tumbleweed roll on by!"
‑ , E! Online
"Rambling and stunningly photographed!"
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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