Released almost exactly 11 years after Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven, Kevin Costner's Open Range proved yet again that the Western is the classic American genre. While it lacks the thematic impact of Eastwood's masterpiece, Costner's first film since 1997's ill-fated The Postman returns the actor/director of Dances With Wolves to the open prairies of America--in this case the free-range frontier of 1882--where legal "free-grazing" cattle drives were falling prey to empire-building land-owners. In the wake of territorial murder, free-grazing cowboys Boss (Robert Duvall) and Charley (Costner) seek vengeful justice against the ruthless rancher (Michael Gambon) who threatens their law-abiding survival. A feisty ally (the late Michael Jeter, in his next-to-final film role) and a doctor's sister (Annette Bening) offer support during climactic shootouts, masterfully staged with the shock and suddenness of real-life gunfire. Rich in character development and thick-hided humor, this handsome production redeemed Costner's directorial career with a well-told story (by Craig Storper, based on Lauran Paine's novel The Open Range Men), flawless performances, and stunning Canadian locations. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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I was terribly disappointed. It was a European disc and I could not play it on my machine. It was a waste of time.Published 3 months ago by roger
Great picture; no option for English language. Only presented in Deutsch!!!!!!!Published 6 months ago by Kevin P. Tone
A great movie revealed by an outstanding cast.The photography is breathtaking. Duvall turns in his quintessential crusty cowboy performance, and Kostner carries the simmering past... Read morePublished 7 months ago by quoin
Candidate for top ten best westerns of all time, up there with High noon and Shane.Published 14 months ago by David P. Jeves