Its been three years since I last compiled a list of my favorite films. I stress these are not the…
No place to run. No reason to hide.
A former gunslinger is forced to take up arms again when he and his cattle crew are threatened by a corrupt lawman.
I'm one of the few people that harbor for the return of the Western. Over the last twenty years we've had half a dozen crackers. Half a dozen in twenty years? That's a shame, for a genre that was the biggest back in the thirties and forties. When one comes along though, it makes me forget that I live in suburban Birmingham.
Kevin Costner will be remembered as the star and director of the most recent Western to set the box office alight and win a host of Academy Awards. 23 years have passed since "Dances With Wolves" robbed Marty of Oscar glory. DWW was a class film, but better than "Goodfellas"? Costner would wait another 13 years before returning…
Kevin Costner is (usually) an actor and filmmaker I will never tire of seeing, and he has assembled an old-fashioned cowboy flick that features a winning ensemble and a languid pace that is most appreciated in this chop-socky action era. Abraham Benrubi and Diego Luna are affectionate and sweet as characters who meet tragic consequences while Costner and Robert Duvall (so good here) are the vengeful free-grazers who have had enough with the “law” pushing them off their land.
And Annette, oh Annette. She’s the object of Costner’s affections, a tough doctor stranded in a small town looking for love. She’s exquisite, and so is this movie.
Two veteran free-range cattlemen (Kevin Costner and the incomparable Robert Duvall) must enter hostile territory to get medical attention for the wounded boy who works for them (Diego Luna). The town is under the thumb of an unscrupulous cattle baron who despises free-rangers and has no compunctions about killing them (Michael Gambon). This is a classic Western in which the two protagonists are compelled by their moral code to face danger instead of retreating from it. Costner and Duvall have magnificent chemistry in this film--Duvall as the moral conscience of the pair, and Costner as the former killer who is haunted by his past and longs to be able to see himself as a good man. Although director Costner has had a somewhat checkered career, he demonstrates here that he is a man with true talent. The final gunfight is a real highlight and not to be missed.
Not as good as I remember it being but a solid, classic western. Several shoot-outs in here and they are all fantastic.
Kevin Costner plays a former civil war soldier in this spectacular modern western tale about violence and the way we look at it. At its core, its not an action-adventure, but a deeply involving character study of an unlikely duo that rides the prairie in search for a place to call home, whether that is geographical or spiritual. There is something so mesmerising about the small subtle moments of interaction and sharing of thoughts between Costner and Duvall's screen personas. It makes us care considerably more, knowing that not every living organism wants to kill you in the wild west, and that every man doesn't have to be hard as a rock. The volnurability and quietness is felt throughout the…
I think this is probably my favorite contemporary western. Actually, probably my favorite western, period.
Robert Duvall is always great, but holy crap is he amazing in this. The nuance and humor and leadership and sadness and anger and child-like nature and down to earth and good human being all around is just too much fun to watch happen (that moment when he explains about the shooting of the dog to Annette Bening is gold).
Kevin Costner is too cool for school here and his lines of dialogue are brilliantly piercing yet hilarious.
And then the gun fight. Not necessarily the best thing about the movie, but wowee is it a rip-roaring gun fight - one of the best I…
One of the best westerns i have seen in a long time. Kevin Costner and Robert Duvall play superbly alongside each other in a film that is filled with cliches but made in an excellent and exciting way. Remembering Wyatt Earp also starring Kevin Costner as one of the last westerns i really enjoyed this film definitely comes close with a top performance from Costner.
One of the best modern modern western movies. I've said before Kevin Costner is so good at playing this kind of role, he's the only modern actor I can think of, that can pull it off. This movie has its fair share of violence and gun fights, but the main focus is the characters, their friendship and how far they would go in the name of their friends. The scenery and camera angles that this film showcases are outstanding, I don't believe I've seen a modern western this good since the newer "Wyatt Earp" film, coincidentally also starring Kevin Costner.
It's not the best gunfight I've seen in a movie—that's still Michael Mann's Heat—but it's close.
I never did like Costner much as a teenager, but a decade later, I've found that he's grown on me. I've grown accustomed to the vocal similarities of all his roles, which I suspect is a large part of what irritates people about him. (It's a plight shared by John Malkovich, even more aggressively in his case, and I've grown to really appreciate Malkovich too.)
About 15 minutes of meaningless dialogue between Costner and Annette Bening could be cut from the film, and the editing of the film—particularly the almost-random, frequent cuts that happen during the first act—was distracting, but generally speaking, this is a surprisingly worthwhile experience.
2/10: Does not do the Western genre any justice. The script is dreadful, flat acting and boring plot.
Solid western filmmaking of the traditional romantic viewpoint, the John Wayne era of movies is looked back upon fondly by some but I have never been one to take any pleasure in them and even with a facelift, some computer aided vistas and the pairing of Costner and Duvall can do nothing to change that viewpoint. Especially not at well over two hours runtime.
Tremendously engaging western. Up there with Unforgiven. Duvall gives a career best performance.
A sluggish start is quickly forgotten as the conflict mounts in this well-directed, better than expected western with an impressive shootout and good performances from Robert Duvall and Kevin Costner.
A cattleman and his hired hand are forced to take the law into their own hands when a land baron tries to kill them and take their herd.
Say what you want about Costner, the guy sure knows how to make an old-fashioned tale of the West in the mold of John Ford's epics. The beautifully filmed Montana fields become a stage where our heroes's actions give us moments of drama, pathos, friendship and, ultimately, redemption.
Besides directing, Costner succeeds also as a protagonist, playing a character who isn't that different from "Unforgiven"'s William Munny. Robert Duvall and Michael Gambon make a nice pair of antagonists with their scenes simmering with tension, even though they are exchanging words, not bullets.
And Annette Benning makes the most she can from a thankless role.
If you are a fan of the Western genre then this honest and straightforward entry will leave you more than satisfied.
great great film
Costner, Duvall, Gambon, Bening all at the top of their respective games
Doesn't quite rank with the greatest of the western genre with me at this moment in time but it's bloody close
One of my favourites of all time (any genre)
- Donnie Darko
- Almost Famous
- Apocalypse Now
- Miller's Crossing
- 25th Hour
- Anatomy of a Murder
- The Big Sleep
- Born on the Fourth of July
- The Apartment
- In the Mood for Love
- Midnight Run
- Blue Velvet
Cinema is full of great relationships, duos and double acts. This list is to honour those pairings and hopefully shine…