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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

DVD Features

  • Available subtitles: Spanish
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1 ES), French
  • Commentary by director/actor Kevin Costner (scene-specific)
  • "Beyond the Open Range Director's Journal" making-of documentary (65 mins.)
  • Deleted scenes with director introductions
  • "The Real Open Range" historical featurette
  • Storyboarding feautrette
  • Music video with behind the scenes footage
  • Number of discs: 2

Cast

Robert DuvallBoss Spearman
Kevin CostnerCharley Waite
Annette BeningSue Barlow
Michael GambonDenton Baxter
Michael JeterPercy
Diego LunaButton
James RussoSheriff Poole
Abraham BenrubiMose
Dean McDermottDoc Barlow
Kim CoatesButler
Peter MacNeillMack

  • Genre: Western
  • Theme(s): Wild West
  • Director: Kevin Costner
  • Producer: Buena Vista
  • Length: 139 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaAug 15, 2003
    EuropeMar 19, 2004
    JapanJul 3, 2004
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe12A
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJan 20, 2004
    EuropeNov 3, 2004
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