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Encyclopedia > Open Range
Open Range
Directed by Kevin Costner
Produced by Kevin Costner
Jake Eberts
David Valdes
Written by Craig Storper
Lauran Paine
Starring Robert Duvall
Kevin Costner
Annette Bening
Distributed by TouchstonePictures
Beacon Communications
Release date(s) August 15, 2003
Running time 139 min.
Language English
Budget $22,000,000
IMDb profile

Open Range is a 2003 movie based on the novel The Open Range Men by Lauran Paine. The film starred Kevin Costner, who also produced and directed. Also starring were Robert Duvall and Annette Bening. Kevin Michael Costner (born January 18, 1955) is a two-time Academy Award-winning American film actor and director who has often produced his own films. ... Kevin Michael Costner (born January 18, 1955) is a two-time Academy Award-winning American film actor and director who has often produced his own films. ... Jake Eberts (b. ... Lauran Bosworth Paine (February 25, 1916, Duluth, Minnesota) is an American writer of Western fiction. ... Robert Selden Duvall (born January 5, 1931) is an Academy Award and four-time Golden Globe winning American film actor and director. ... Kevin Michael Costner (born January 18, 1955) is a two-time Academy Award-winning American film actor and director who has often produced his own films. ... Annette Bening (born May 29, 1958) is an American Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actress. ... Beacon Pictures (formerly Beacon Communications, LLC) is the name of an American production company founded in 1990 by Armyan Bernstein. ... is the 227th day of the year (228th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 2003 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 2003 in film involved some significant events. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... Lauran Bosworth Paine (February 25, 1916, Duluth, Minnesota) is an American writer of Western fiction. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... Kevin Michael Costner (born January 18, 1955) is a two-time Academy Award-winning American film actor and director who has often produced his own films. ... Robert Selden Duvall (born January 5, 1931) is an Academy Award and four-time Golden Globe winning American film actor and director. ... Annette Bening (born May 29, 1958) is an American Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actress. ...

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Overview

The movie properly belongs to the epic Western genre and has the feel of Costner's earlier epic, Dances with Wolves (1990). The movie is set in Montana in 1882 (the year is seen on a new grave marker) though the movie was filmed in both the United States and Canada. The Epic Western is a sub-genre of the Western movie. ... Dances with Wolves is a 1990 epic film which tells the story of a United States cavalry officer from the Civil War who travels into the Dakota Territory, near a Sioux tribe. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Official language(s) English Capital Helena Largest city Billings Area  Ranked 4th  - Total 147,165 sq mi (381,156 km²)  - Width 255 miles (410 km)  - Length 630 miles (1,015 km)  - % water 1  - Latitude 44°26N to 49°N  - Longitude 104°2W to 116°2W Population  Ranked... Year 1882 (MDCCCLXXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ...


The background of the movie concerns the "range wars" that occurred in the American West in the late 1800s. The "wars" pitted those that believed in the "Law of the Open Range" - free access to water and grass for everyone, against the "barbed wire" men - land barons, who used the new fencing to define their empire and block the free-range cattlemen from moving their herds. // Invention of the Jacquard loom in 1801. ... A selection of forms of barbed wire. ...


Plot summary

Bluebonnet "Boss" Spearman (Duvall) is a free-range cattleman, who, with his hired hands, Charley Waite (Costner), Mose (Benrubi), and Button (Luna), and their dog Tig are driving a herd cross country. Charley is a former army sniper and soldier who fought in the American Civil War — presumably on the Confederate side — who feels guilt over his past as a killer. This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... Arkansas Army National Guard soldiers practice sniper marksmanship at their firing range near Baghdad, Iraq in 2005. ... This article is about a military rank. ... Combatants United States of America (Union) Confederate States of America (Confederacy) Commanders Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee Strength 2,200,000 1,064,000 Casualties 110,000 killed in action, 360,000 total dead, 275,200 wounded 93,000 killed in action, 258,000 total... Motto Deo Vindice (Latin: Under God, Our Vindicator) Anthem (none official) God Save the South (unofficial) The Bonnie Blue Flag (unofficial) Dixie (unofficial) Capital Montgomery, Alabama (until May 29, 1861) Richmond, Virginia (May 29, 1861–April 2, 1865) Danville, Virginia (from April 3, 1865) Language(s) English (de facto) Religion...


Short on supplies, Boss sends Mose back to a town they passed. The town is controlled by the greedy and corrupt land baron, Denton Baxter (Michael Gambon), who hates free-rangers. Mose is badly beaten by Baxter's henchmen and then jailed by the town sheriff, whom Baxter "owns." Although greedy and corrupt, many townspeople look past the dealings, accepting the situation, while others secretly harbor animosity and anger towards Baxter. Ronda, Spain Main street in Bastrop, Texas, a small town A town is a community of people ranging from a few hundred to several thousands, although it may be applied loosely even to huge metropolitan areas. ... A landlord is the owner of a house, apartment, condominium, or land which is rented or leased to an individual or business, who is called the tenant. ... Sir Michael John Gambon, KBE (born October 19, 1940), is an acclaimed Irish-British actor who has worked in television, film and theatre. ... Look up Sheriff in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Worried about Mose, Boss and Charley set off to find him. They retrieve Mose from jail but not before getting a stern warning from Baxter about free-ranging on his land. Mose is so beat-up that Boss seeks medical attention for him. Mose is taken to Doc Barlow, where Charley meets Sue Barlow (Bening), whom he mistakingly believes to be the doctor's "wife"; she is in fact the doctor's sister. Charley is attracted to her immediately.


It turns out that Baxter does not really want Boss to move on; he wants the herd. After seeing masked riders scouting the herd, Boss and Charley are able to best one of the groups of Baxter's henchmen, catching them unawares in the dark. After gaining information regarding Baxter, the henchmen are sent back to town on foot in their underwear. There is another group, however, that simultaneously kills Mose and Tig. Button is badly injured and left for dead. Papierkrattler masks at the Narrensprung 2005 Carnival parade, Ravensburg Germany A mask is a piece of material or kit, usually worn on the face. ...


Charley and Boss gather themselves, resolving to return to Baxter and his men what they visited upon Mose, Tig and Button. Charley then buries Mose and Tig beneath a tree on a hill, leaving behind a wooden headstone which simply states "Mose 1882". They leave Button at the doctor's house and enter town, where during a flash flood caused by severe rains, Charley saves a townsperson's dog. The townsman buys Boss and Charley coffee, who learn more about the mixed feelings of the inhabitants of the town. “Tombstone” redirects here. ... Lower Antelope Canyon was carved out of sandstone by flash floods A Flash Flood is a rapid flooding of geomorphic low-lying areas (washes), rivers and streams, caused by the intense rainfall associated with a thunderstorm, or multiple training thunderstorms. ... Rain is a type of precipitation which forms when separate drops of water fall to the Earths surface from clouds. ... A cup of coffee Workers sorting and pulping coffee beans in Guatemala Mature coffee fruit still on the plant Coffee is a widely consumed beverage prepared from the roasted seeds — commonly referred to as beans — of the coffee plant. ...


The emotions finally culminate in a lopsided gunfight, pitting Boss and Charley against Baxter and his henchmen. Aware of the looming shootout, most of the townspeople flee to the nearby hills. The shootout occurs, with Charley doing most of the shooting. Boss in wounded in the stomach during the fray. During the fight, some of Baxter's men flee. In the end, Baxter finds himself wounded and alone, trapped in the jail house with Boss, Charley, and some townspeople against him. Boss rushes Baxter, crashing through the jail house door and mortally wounding him. With the battle over, Charley (who it is discovered has been shot in the leg) witnesses the effects of the gunfight; dead men, wounded bystanders, destroyed property, and a general sense of despair.


Responses

Reviews were largely positive and the film was a modest success at the box office. Special attention is paid to this film in niche circles because of its elaborately designed and technical gunfight:[citation needed] along with such films as The Way of the Gun and Heat, the climactic showdown lasts well over ten minutes and features visceral gunplay. The Way of the Gun is a 2000 film, directed by Christopher McQuarrie and starring Ryan Phillippe and Benicio Del Toro as two reckless and brutal gunfighters who kidnap a woman (Juliette Lewis) who is carrying the child of a powerful mobster, hoping to obtain a huge cash payoff. ... Heat is an American made crime/thriller/drama film released on December 15, 1995. ...


External links

  • Official website
  • Open Range at the Internet Movie Database
  • Rotten Tomatoes on Open Range
  • Soundtrack Review at Tracksounds

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Open Range (movie) - definition of Open Range (movie) in Encyclopedia (340 words)
Open Range (movie) - definition of Open Range (movie) in Encyclopedia
Open Range is a Western movie released in August, 2003.
The movie is decidedly of a "modern Western" feel, being very different from old Westerns in many regards, though there are no Native or African American roles.
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