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458 Ratings

Ride the High Country

Directed by Sam Peckinpah
United States, 1962


Peckinpah’s autumnal elegy for the end of the West. Steve Judd and Gil Westrum, en route to picking up a gold shipment at Coarse Gold, must carry a bride there first. Western icons Joel McCrea and Randolph Scott, in the final film for each, play former gunfighters uneasily teamed up one last time.

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Ride the High Country Directed by Sam Peckinpah

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2005 | Directors' Fortnight

BAFTA Awards

1963 | Nominee: Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles

National Film Preservation Board

1992 | Winner: National Film Registry

Critics reviews

Despite the deceptive veneer of its depiction of the twilight of a passing era, the film is much more than a basic morality tale (2). With its variety of camera angles, expressive mise en scène and carefully designed movement, it has claims to be not only an accomplished work in its own right but one that anticipates the dark moral complexities that would fully emerge in Peckinpah's later films.
October 06, 2014
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John Ford mourns the Western as a spectral soundstage (The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance), Sam Peckinpah goes outside to revive it, or at least give it a decent Viking funeral... Nothing aches like a modernist's eulogy to classicism, purity doesn't exist so only the notion of it can be resurrected. (Peckinpah yearns to believe, the way the atheist Pasolini felt "nostalgia for faith.")
January 23, 2009
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