Set in the early 1880s, this Western directed by Kevin Costner (DANCES WITH WOLVES, THE POSTMAN) is a classic tale of the good guys verses the bad guys with a romance thrown in for good measure. Boss Spearman (Robert Duvall) and Charley Waite (Kevin Costner) are free grazers, riding herds of cattle across the country and grazing as they go. But a local rancher, Denton Baxter (Michael Gambon), considers Boss and his boys thieves, and is determined to run them out of his town by any means possible--even murder. Duvall is endearing as the tough but tender Boss, who has the courage of his convictions and refuses to be intimidated by Baxter. Costner's Charley has worked for Boss for ten years while trying to forget his past, only to find himself drawn back into conflict. Lovable Mose (Abraham Benrubi) and teenager Button (Diego Luna) round out the free grazers' team. Annette Bening stars as the town doctor's sister, Sue, who is drawn to Charley's gentle demeanor and is unfazed by his ability to kill. Beautiful scenery, a script peppered with humor, and solid performances--especially from Duvall and the supporting cast--make Costner's fourth foray into directing enjoyable.
Craig Storper - Screenwriter, OPEN RANGE (2003)
Kevin Costner - Oscar winning American actor, director, DANCES WITH WOLVES
Michael Kamen - American Composer/Conductor
James Muro - Director of Photography, OPEN RANGE (2003)
Diego Luna - Mexican Actor, Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN (2001)
Michael Gambon - Irish Stage/Film Actor - A Dry White Season/Sleepy Hollow
Armyan Bernstein - Screenwriter/Director/Prod.
Barry Armyan Bernstein - Screenwriter/Director/Prod.
Robert Duvall - American Actor/Director
Bodge - American Actor/Director
Abraham Benrubi - TV/Film Actor/"Er"
Lauran Paine - Source Writer, OPEN RANGE (2003)
Annette Bening - American actor, BEING JULIA
James Russo - Actor
Michael Jeter - American actor
Theatrical Release: August 15, 2003
"...[Costner] has studied the great old westerns closely, and his reverence pays off in the grandeur of the images..." - 08/15/2003 New York Times, p.E1
"...An authentic old-fashioned epic likely to generate rooting interest from moviegoing traditionalists..." - 08/15/2003 USA Today, p.4E
"...The rush of events combines with the acting and the sense of place to propel and validate Costner's efforts to a surprising extent..." - 08/15/2003 Los Angeles Times, p.C1
"...Costner shows an exacting instinct for how to build a shoot-'em-up from the ground up..." - 08/22/2003 Entertainment Weekly, p.113
"A deeply involving and beautifully made Western." - 01/23/2004 Chicago Sun-Times, p.29
"Costner's sedate, painstakingly naturalistic, squarely traditional Western striding into town to deliver a masterclass in cacophony and choreography." - 04/01/2004 Total Film, p.37
"What makes the film seem fresh and new is a host of deft little touches....Costner is likeable as a good and honest man, and Annette Bening splendid..." - 04/01/2004 Sight and Sound, p.61-2