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Open Range (2003)

4 Ratings: 4.0
Westerns movie directed by Kevin Costner

Released almost exactly 11 years after Clint Eastwood'sUnforgiven, Kevin Costner'sOpen Rangeproved yet again that the Western istheclassic American genre. While it lacks the thematic impact of Eastwood's masterpiece, Costner's first film since 1997's … see full wiki

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Director: Kevin Costner
Genre: Western
3 reviews about Open Range (2003)
review by . May 11, 2004
posted in Movie Hype
"Open Range" may be a fictional story, but the events that occurred within it were brutally honest depictions of what happened in the 1880's. The story moves along at a somewhat slow pace, but you have to remember that the pace is used to develop the characters and the storyline. It also helps to enhance the believability of the story, e.g. the waiting for the killers, moving the herd across the plains, etc. Costner's depiction of a violent man trying to shake off his past is perfect. Once he slips …
review by . February 03, 2004
OPEN RANGE is top on the list of recent Western films - but then there really haven't been many decent Western films since Clint Eastwood's mighty THE UNFORGIVEN. But here is a majestically beautiful, seemingly endless expanse of open range with waving grasses, field lupine, ominous clouds, torrential rainfalls, and vistas that seem to extend forever. This 'place' is the true Star of the film and though we may long for the American prairie it depicts, in reality the star is Canada! The story is …
review by . January 15, 2004
One of my criticisms of Costner as a director is that he has a tendency to dawdle when developing a plot, devoting far too much time and (albeit loving) attention to the introduction of main characters and their circumstances. Thankfully, the pace accelerates during the middle portion of this film when Boss Spearman (Duvall) and Charley Waite (Costner) finally have their shoot-out with Denton Baxter (Gambon) and his thugs. Then the film resumes its languid pace and the plot gradually evaporates. …
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