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Open Range  (12A)   139 mins

"No place to run.  No reason to hide."

The epic Western is back with a bang!  Kevin Costner directs and stars in this big, spectacular tale of the Old West, supported by a splendid cast including our own Michael Gambon as the nasty!  Four old cowboys freegraze their cattle across the vast prairies of the West, sharing a friendship forged by a steadfast code of honour and living a life unencumbered by civilisation.  When their wayward herd forces them near the small town of Harmonville, the cowboys encounter a corrupt sheriff and kingpin rancher who govern the territory through fear, tyranny and violence.  Boss (Robert Duvall) and Charley (Kevin Costner) find themselves inextricably drawn towards an inevitable showdown, as they are forced to defend the freedom and values of a lifestyle that is all too quickly vanishing.  Amidst the turmoil, life suddenly takes an unexpected turn for the loner Charley when he meets the beautiful and warm-spirited Sue Barlow (Annette Bening), a woman who embraces both his heart and his soul.  This is great, old-fashioned entertainment using the huge expanse of the big screen to great effect.  It also has one of the most exciting final gunfights ever filmed.

"Two thumbs up!"  Roger Ebert

"A bold, compelling and brilliant film."  BBC Talking Pictures





Last modified: 20-Jun-2008

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