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Ride the High Country (1962)

Approved | | Western | May 1962 (UK)
An ex-union soldier is hired to transport gold from a mining community through dangerous territory. But what he doesn't realize is that his partner and old friend is plotting to double-cross him.

Director:

Sam Peckinpah

Writer:

N.B. Stone Jr.
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Randolph Scott ... Gil Westrum
Joel McCrea ... Steve Judd
Mariette Hartley ... Elsa Knudsen
Ron Starr Ron Starr ... Heck Longtree
Edgar Buchanan ... Judge Tolliver
R.G. Armstrong ... Joshua Knudsen
Jenie Jackson Jenie Jackson ... Kate
James Drury ... Billy Hammond
L.Q. Jones ... Sylvus Hammond
John Anderson ... Elder Hammond
John Davis Chandler ... Jimmy Hammond
Warren Oates ... Henry Hammond
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Storyline

Aging ex-marshal Steve Judd is hired by a bank to transport a gold shipment through dangerous territory. He hires an old partner, Gil Westrum, and his young protege Heck to assist him. Steve doesn't know, however, that Gil and Heck plan to steal the gold, with or without Steve's help. On the trail, the three get involved in a young woman's desire to escape first from her father, then from her fiance and his dangerously psychotic brothers. Written by James Meek <james@oz.net>

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Taglines:

Showdown in the High Sierras!

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Chinese

Release Date:

May 1962 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Guns in the Afternoon See more »

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Budget:

$813,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The canvas used to make the tents in the mining camp came from leftover sails from MGM's Mutiny on the Bounty (1962). In addition, another set used for How the West Was Won (1962) was also utilized. See more »

Goofs

The 34 star flags at the opening of the movie do not match the bobby helmets, open automobiles and electric wiring over the streets. The US 34 star flag was only in use from 1861-1863. See more »

Quotes

Sylvus Hammond: First drink is best, East or West.
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Crazy Credits

Introducing Mariette Hartley See more »

Connections

Featured in 100 Years of the Hollywood Western (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder
(uncredited)
Written by James Milton Black
Sung by the Hammonds on the way to the wedding
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Morality, honor, and duty.
7 September 2016 | by Grrr8See all my reviews

This is an important western because the subplot of a young woman's life in the remote west is addressed. At this time many women were looked upon as chattel. Here a young woman escapes farm life with an overbearing religious father who beats her, to flee into marriage with a redneck miner who beats her and plans to share her with his brothers and father. The lead character played by veteran Joel McCrea is trying to earn an honorable living because there is no pension or social security benefits for him to rely on. Randolph Scott is trying to score some easy dough to last during his retirement. A fine movie about morality, honor, and duty.


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