7.5/10
11,347
130 user 47 critic

Ride the High Country (1962)

Approved | | Drama, Western | 9 May 1962 (USA)
Trailer
2:46 | Trailer
An ex-union soldier is hired to transport gold from a mining community through dangerous territory. But what he doesn't realize is that his partner and old friend is plotting to double-cross him.

Director:

Sam Peckinpah

Writer:

N.B. Stone Jr.
Reviews
Popularity
2,088 ( 10,435)
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A hobo accidentally stumbles onto a water spring, and creates a profitable way station in the middle of the desert.

Director: Sam Peckinpah
Stars: Jason Robards, Stella Stevens, David Warner
Biography | Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Pat Garrett is hired as a lawman on behalf of a group of wealthy New Mexico cattle barons to bring down his old friend Billy the Kid.

Director: Sam Peckinpah
Stars: James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, Richard Jaeckel
Major Dundee (1965)
Adventure | War | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In 1864, due to frequent Apache raids from Mexico into the U.S., a Union officer decides to illegally cross the border and destroy the Apache, using a mixed army of Union troops, Confederate POWs, civilian mercenaries, and scouts.

Director: Sam Peckinpah
Stars: Charlton Heston, Richard Harris, Jim Hutton
Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An ex-army officer accidentally kills a woman's son and tries to make up for it by escorting the funeral procession through dangerous Indian territory.

Director: Sam Peckinpah
Stars: Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith, Steve Cochran
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An American bar room pianist and his prostitute girlfriend go on a trip through the Mexican underworld to collect a bounty on the head of a dead gigolo.

Director: Sam Peckinpah
Stars: Warren Oates, Isela Vega, Robert Webber
Action | Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

An aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the "traditional" American West is disappearing around them.

Director: Sam Peckinpah
Stars: William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan
Junior Bonner (1972)
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Ace Bonner returns to Arizona several years after he abandoned his family, Junior Bonner is a wild young man. Against the typical rodeo championship, family drama erupts.

Director: Sam Peckinpah
Stars: Steve McQueen, Robert Preston, Ida Lupino
Cross of Iron (1977)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

German commander Captain Hauptmann Stransky (Maximilian Schell) places a squad in extreme danger after Sergeant Rolf Steiner (James Coburn) refuses to lie for him.

Director: Sam Peckinpah
Stars: James Coburn, Maximilian Schell, James Mason
The Getaway (1972)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A recently released ex-con and his loyal wife go on the run after a heist goes awry.

Director: Sam Peckinpah
Stars: Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw, Ben Johnson
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Mike Locke, who works for a private security firm affiliated with the C.I.A., is betrayed by his partner and left apparently crippled for life.

Director: Sam Peckinpah
Stars: James Caan, Robert Duvall, Arthur Hill
Action | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A former sheriff blames himself for his wife's death during a Wells Fargo robbery and vows to track down and kill the seven men responsible.

Director: Budd Boetticher
Stars: Randolph Scott, Gail Russell, Lee Marvin
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

During the Cold War, a controversial television journalist is asked by the C.I.A. to persuade certain acquaintances, who are Soviet Agents of the Omega network, to defect.

Director: Sam Peckinpah
Stars: Rutger Hauer, John Hurt, Craig T. Nelson
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Randolph Scott ... Gil Westrum
Joel McCrea ... Steve Judd
Mariette Hartley ... Elsa Knudsen
Ron Starr Ron Starr ... Heck Longtree
Edgar Buchanan ... Judge Tolliver
R.G. Armstrong ... Joshua Knudsen
Jenie Jackson Jenie Jackson ... Kate
James Drury ... Billy Hammond
L.Q. Jones ... Sylvus Hammond
John Anderson ... Elder Hammond
John Davis Chandler ... Jimmy Hammond
Warren Oates ... Henry Hammond
Edit

Storyline

Aging ex-marshal Steve Judd is hired by a bank to transport a gold shipment through dangerous territory. He hires an old partner, Gil Westrum, and his young protege Heck to assist him. Steve doesn't know, however, that Gil and Heck plan to steal the gold, with or without Steve's help. On the trail, the three get involved in a young woman's desire to escape first from her father, then from her fiance and his dangerously psychotic brothers. Written by James Meek <james@oz.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Showdown in the High Sierra!

Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Chinese

Release Date:

9 May 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Guns in the Afternoon See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$813,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Sam Peckinpah, who received no credit for his script work on it, told both MGM and the Academy, "If this film is nominated for Best Screenplay without my name on it as writer, I will sue every one of you!" The movie received no nominations. See more »

Goofs

Joel McCrae, when a riding horse with heavy leather riding gloves on, opened a pocket knife. This is impossible unless it was handed to him partially opened. See more »

Quotes

Billy Hammond: You know, Elder, I hate to get married with one of my brothers smellin' bad enough to gag a dog off a gut wagon.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Introducing Mariette Hartley See more »

Connections

Featured in Precious Images (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder
(uncredited)
Written by James Milton Black
Sung by the Hammonds on the way to the wedding
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Revisonist splendour as Peckinpah starts his thematic obsession.
4 March 2008 | by hitchcockthelegendSee all my reviews

"All I want is to Enter My House Justified"

Sam Peckinpah's second feature film is today standing up as a must see and must own for those interested in the Western genre.

The film sees ageing lawman Steve Judd land a job of escorting a gold shipment safely to a bank in Hornitos. After running into old friend, and fellow aged lawman Gil Westrun, he hires both he and his young sparky sidekick Heck Longtree to hopefully see the job through to a successful conclusion. Yet Gil has other ideas, for where Steve is upstanding and adhering to the values he has lived his life by, Gil sees this as one last chance to actually get a big payday. The journey takes a further twist as the three men meet and then save Elsa Knudsen from a brutal marriage, it's an incident that puts them all on a collision course with the Hammond brothers.

What we have here is Sam Peckinpah's first film dealing with men who have outlived their time. We witness some emotionally poignant stuff as the two main protagonists know that they have aged beyond their world, yet as alike as they are, they have different ideals in how to deal with the advent of time. The masterstroke here is the casting of genre legends Joel McRea & Randolph Scott as Steve & Gil respectively. It's evident from the off that both men are identifying with their characters, with both men hitting top emotional form to fully realise the thematic heart of the story. Mariette Hartley makes her film debut as Elsa, and she fits in nicely with the quality on show behind and in front of the camera. Lucien Ballard's cinematography is gorgeous as the various California locations envelope the protagonists in a sort of elegiac way, and Peckinpah directs with his heart as well as his head.

Bookended by two heart-achingly super sequences, of which the finale has rightly passed into Western genre legend, this really is a strong and beautiful film, one that simultaneously shows a truly great director was at work. For here he was left alone, and the final result is a quality Western beating far more than just a cowboy heart. The supporting cast is strong, notably Edgar Buchanan, L.Q. Jones & John Anderson, while the undervalued George Bassman provides a narratively fitting tonal music score. If there is a criticism? it's that Peckinpah doesn't let the younger characters breath, but given the film's core focus on aged men in an aged passing era, well it's easily forgiven. A precursor to The Wild Bunch for sure, but while the theme is the same for both films, this one impacts in a very different way. Highly recommended, not just for the Oater crowd, but for fans of classic cinema too. 9/10


11 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 130 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed