Ride the High Country

  • Film
  • Westerns
Peckinpah's superb second film, a nostalgic lament for the West in its declining years, with a couple of great set pieces (the bizarre wedding in the mining camp, the final shootout among the chickens). Affectionately funny as Scott and McCrea, once more hired and temporarily in harness, creak rheumatically while climbing off their horses, turn aside from the trail to bathe aching feet, and sport long woolly combinations for bed. But also achieving an almost biblical grandeur as the two oldtime lawmen, fallen upon hard times and suddenly realising that the world has left them behind, contrive not to fall from grace and self-respect when a tempting gold shipment comes between them. Truly magnificent camerawork from Lucien Ballard.

Release details

Duration: 93 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Sam Peckinpah
Screenwriter: NB Stone Jr
Cast: Randolph Scott
Joel McCrea
Ronald Starr
Mariette Hartley
James Drury
RG Armstrong
Edgar Buchanan
LQ Jones
Warren Oates

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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c. crill

Absolute top Peckinpah. Never liked Randolph Scott but he owns this part. The whole formulaic pattern for western features was so neatly broken by this film it actually felt new at the time, no mean achievement when the form had sputtered to a halt.

c. crill

Absolute top Peckinpah. Never liked Randolph Scott but he owns this part. The whole formulaic pattern for western features was so neatly broken by this film it actually felt new at the time, no mean achievement when the form had sputtered to a halt.