#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Boss Spearman, Charley Waite, Mose Harrison and Button freegraze their cattle across the vast prairies of the West, sharing a friendship forged by a steadfast code of honor and living a life unencumbered by civilization. When their wayward herd forces them near the small town of Harmonville, the cowboys encounter a corrupt sheriff and kingpin rancher who govern the territory through fear, tyranny and violence. Boss and Charley find themselves inextricably drawn towards an inevitable showdown, as they are forced to defend the freedom and values of a lifestyle that is all too quickly vanishing. Amidst the turmoil, life suddenly takes an unexpected turn for the loner Charley when he meets the beautiful and warm spirited Sue Barlow, a woman who embraces both his heart and his soul.
Plot: A former gunslinger is forced to take up arms again when he and his cattle crew are threatened by a corrupt lawman.
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**_Now THIS is a Western_**
Four cowboys & their cattle are traveling through the Hammondville, Montana, region in 1882 when they discover that the leaders of the town don’t like free grazers. It escalates into a life or death situation. Robert Duvall and Kevin Costner play the two main cowboys while Annette Bening appears as a doctor and Michael Gambon a land baron.
“Open Range” (2003) automatically brings to mind “Dances With Wolves” (1990) because they’re the only two Westerns Costner has both starred in and directed. While not quite as good, this one is still a great modern Western and nigh epic. The theme revolves around how noble Westerners like the protagonists don’t seek violence, but it’s sometimes necessary to make a stand for justice, even if the local law is bought and corrupt.
I like the way the movie confidently takes its time and fleshes out the characters with insightful bits here and there. It feels like the way it was in the Old West and the characters speak the way you know they spoke back then. The mood is increasingly tense, but most of the action is saved for the last act when everything explodes, reminiscent of the real-life gunfight at the O.K. Corral, just longer. As such, viewers who need quick-editing and constant thrills to be entertained will likely find it boring. Mature-minded viewers, however, will appreciate the realism and the slowly developed characters, as well as the well-done romance angle.
The big rancher is pompous because his arrogance has built up over the course of decades and he thinks he owns the town. But does he? In his own mind he’s King Sheet because he’s gotten away with injustice due to his power and influence. But what happens when noble citizens say “Enough”?
While “Open Range” deals with dark, challenging things, it has a warm, redeemable heart, unlike “Unforgiven” (1992), which wallows in ugliness (although it’s still a worthy Western, as long as you can stomach the ugliness).
The film runs 2 hours, 19 minutes, and was shot at Stoney Indian Reserve in Alberta, Canada.
I ain’t going to meet my maker without knowing your real name.
It’s purely my own opinion of course, but Open Range is a modern day genre classic that stands up to repeat viewings. It’s not a flawless Western the Western historians will tell you, and some will pick out the hats or the impact of a rifle to mark the film down, but really we should be embracing a genre piece in the modern age that is clearly being directed with love and respect by the director.
It’s story is of course a simply structured tale of the underdog rising up against the fat cats who want it all in the name of tyranny. But on its side is the fact that its characters are so interestingly engaging. Within a short time frame I feel that Kevin Costner manages to put us in the saddle with the main protagonists, we understand these guys without actually knowing them, and that is quite an achievement I feel. The film does flesh them out to enhance the film without boring the pants off the viewer, and it’s only come the final reel that you realise you have been engaged in a very human and honest Western film.
Most of the cast do great here, both Robert Duvall & Kevin Costner bounce of each other with moody and world wise aplomb as the two main leads, while in the sole female role of note, Annette Bening is gusto beautiful personified. Sadly it’s hard for me to write that Michael Gambon as the villain of the piece is not only underused, but also something of a let down. Such an accomplished actor should know better than to overdo it in the context of this particular story. Yes we get the need for villainy, but gurning and frothing doesn’t quite make the grade here. It’s a little surprising that director Costner didn’t utilise Gambon more wisely.
Still, I say the film is a wondrous experience because it is, a film to have you cheering and booing in equal measure, and in the main the work on it is top dollar. Some of the shots are gorgeous, the framing that Costner uses in close ups is excellent, and the final reel shoot-out ranks as one of the best in Western genre history. So all in all it’s a modern day genre piece that actually sits nicely with the best from the golden era. 9/10
4 Reasons Why I Love This Film
They don’t westerns that much anymore, at least on the big screen. People in the Baby Boomer generation grew up with them on television. Western films were big at the box office in several decades, too.
Well, at least Kevin Costner must have a heart for the genre as he been involved with several major western productions in the last 15 years, this the latest.
The best thing I can say about this film right out front is that it may be the best western I’ve ever watched. I can’t give it higher praise than that! Since I’ve seen so many, for so long, it’s especially high praise.
I make this bold statement because of the following:
1 – Fantastic scenery and beautiful cinematography. If it looks spectacular on my 24-inch flat-screen, I can’t imagine how awesome it would be a big plasma set.
2 – Characters you really care about, led by three actors who almost always give solid performances: Robert Duvall (the best in here), Costner and Annette Bening. Duvall, by the way, gives one of the best short “speeches” I’ve ever witnessed in a movie. It was nice to see Bening actually play a wholesome woman for a change. The two men who are out on the range with Duvall and Costner also were excellent.
3 – Just the right amount of action. When the action does occur, such as gunfire, the sound is incredible. This might be one of the best movies, audibly-speaking, I’ve ever heard, which is another reason for ranking it Number One. There are no lulls but not a ton of action, either.
4 – Just the right amount of romance. It doesn’t get sappy, it doesn’t overshadow the basic story, but it adds a nice, soft touch to what could be a very rough and unpleasant tale. And, in a different twist, it’s the romance, not the usual climactic gun battle, that ends this film.
I can’t say enough about this movie except that I’m sorry more westerns like it aren’t made today.
Great “modern” western
Good westerns are hard to find these days, or any westerns at all for that matter. There are a number of made for TV movies and series, as well as the infamous “Deadwood,” but as a whole this is a genre from a different time. It is therefore hard to compare “Open Range” to any other recent material, so it will need to stand on its own merits.
Strong performances and actors with genre experience are always necessary for a good western. Both Kostner and Duvall have considerable western experience and it shows. I was particularly impressed by Duvall’s performance. He is in his 70s by this point and can still play a very believable, rough and tumble character. Very impressive. Kostner also holds his own as well and looks like he hasn’t aged a day since Dances With Wolves (at least until he takes off his hat), over 13 years ago. Both actors have remarkable chemistry.
The story set up is fairly original – the protagonists are neither lawmen nor loners/drifters but hard working cattlemen. The antagonists are all relatively one-sided and unlikable if not downright despicable, as are most western villains. It’s a time tested formula that almost always helps the story, even if it is cliché.
I am a bit of a biased lover of the western, so I cannot find too much to fault here. Although the set up is not something I’ve seen in a western, the development of the story is not very original and the progression predictable. This is more of an observation than a flaw, since I was interested the whole time and in the end more than satisfied with the experience. Recommended for any who enjoy the genre.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 19 min (139 min)
Genre Action, Drama, Romance, Western
Director Kevin Costner
Writer Lauran Paine (novel), Craig Storper (screenplay)
Actors Robert Duvall, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, Michael Gambon
Awards 1 win & 5 nominations.
Production Company Tig Productions
Sound Mix DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Cine SL 35, Panavision Primo Lenses, Panavision Panaflex Millennium XL, Panavision Primo Lenses, Panavision Panaflex Platinum, Panavision Primo Lenses
Laboratory Cinesite, Hollywood (CA), USA (digital intermediate), Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (prints)
Film Length 3,801 m (Sweden), 3,820 m (Switzerland)
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision 200T 5274, Vision 500T 5279)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Super 35 (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic) (Kodak Vision 2383)