Legends of Western Cinema Week Blog Celebration – Open Range (2003)


This is my final of 7 entries in the Legends of Western Cinema Week Blog Celebration being hosted by Hamlette of Hamlette’s Soliloquy, Heidi of Along the Brandywine, and Olivia of Meanwhile, in Rivendell

Tnx for letting me partake Ladies, this was sooo much fun!

A man’s trust is a valuable thing, Button. You don’t want to lose it for a handful of cards.” – Boss Spearman

Number of Times Seen – Twice (28 Mar 2004 and 24 Jul 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A group of cattle herders get into trouble when they come through a town being ruled by a land baron who doesn’t like their kind.

My Take on it – This is a film that I saw years ago and was curious to see again since I didn’t recall much about it.

Kevin Costner once again shows how adept a director he can be when he gets material that he can be passionate about because this film is made so well and it shows.

They are able to tell a very interesting and unique story of the Old West and it works on numerous levels.

Both Costner and Robert Duvall are great here in the lead roles.

They allow us to see the kind of cowboys that their characters represent; men who wish to live their lives in peace and quiet yet are always ready to fight back when the need arises.

This film does a nice job of just touching upon how the horrors of the Civil War can affect someone even years later especially at times when certain feelings or fears can arise when unexpected.

The one flaw in this film is the budding romance between Costner and Annette Bening since it feels a bit too tacked on and doesn’t flow well enough with the story itself and is the weakest link of the story.

The action scenes are presented in a very realistic fashion and we get to see gun-fighting that is caused by split second decisions and they are quite effective and thrilling to watch how things play out.

Bottom Line – Great Western that is able to tell a really interesting and unique story of the Old West. Duvall and Costner are both superb here and allow us to see the kind of cowboys that they represent; men who want to live their lives in peace but are ready to take up arms if and when needed.  The story does a nice job touching upon how the horrors of the Civil War can weigh heavily on one’s mind and affect how they live their lives. The budding love story between Costner and Bening is a bit weak and feels tacked on instead of allowing things to flow well together. The action scenes are done in a very realistic fashion and allow us to see how gun fights were waged with split second decisions. Costner once again shows here how great a director he can be when given material that he can be passionate about. Highly Recommended.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – As revealed during his appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show (2013), Sir Anthony Hopkins wrote fan letters to Kevin Costner and Robert Duvall after watching the film, complimenting them both on their performances in the movie. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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6 thoughts on “Legends of Western Cinema Week Blog Celebration – Open Range (2003)

  1. I really like this movie. My best friend tried to convince me to see it for years, and when I finally did, i was like, “I get it now!” It’s such a well-focused story, well told in every way. I actually think the romance added a lot to it because it helped flesh out Costner’s character and give him added motivation, as well as upping the conflict within him and outside him.

    Thanks for all your contributions to the party! You reviewed a really nice range of westerns 🙂

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