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Ride the High Country (1962) was a Adventure - Drama Film directed by Sam Peckinpah and produced by Richard E. Lyons.

Ride the High Country was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1992.

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Ride the High Country (1962): A Sam Peckinpah Western

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jul 31, 2019 From 4 Star Films

Admittedly at times, I fall into the trap of getting so caught up in the context of a film and its history I miss out on?elements of the experience. However, when I watched Ride the High Country it didn’t feel like I was getting distracted by how this story pertained to others — at least... Read full article


Ride the High Country (1962)

By Beatrice on Oct 27, 2017 From Flickers in Time

Ride the High Country Directed by Sam Peckinpah Written by N.B. Stone Jr. 1962/USA Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer First viewing/Netflix rental Two classic actors go mano-a-mano amid some stunning autumn scenery in this enjoyable Western. Steve Judd (Joel McCrea) is an aging ex-gunslinger and marshal who is ... Read full article


Warner Archive Blu-ray: Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea in Ride the High Country (1962)

By KC on May 22, 2017 From Classic Movies

One of the most amusing things about Ride the High Country is that as aging cowboys, Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea are in some ways playing themselves. While director Sam Peckinpah was at the beginning of his career, and still finding the style that would have film fans cooing about "balletic viole... Read full article


Ride the High Country (1962, Sam Peckinpah)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Mar 13, 2015 From The Stop Button

Ride the High Country is a fine attempt. It’s not a successful attempt, but it’s a fine one. Director Peckinpah seems to know what he wants to do, but he’s too trapped in Western genre tradition. Having icons Joel McCrea and Randolph Scott as his leads (they’re both great), G... Read full article


The Diamonds and Gold blogathon: Ride the High Country (1962)

By Caftan Woman on Apr 12, 2014 From Caftan Woman

It is my pleasure to be co-hosting Rich Watson's (Wide Screen World) brainchild, The Diamonds and Gold Blogathon, highlighting some of the great film performances from actors past the age of 50 (which we all know is the new 30!). Tomorrow this site will be devoted to ladies of a certain age. Today... Read full article


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Quotes from

Elder Hammond: You can't take a wife away from her husband on his wedding night.
Judge Tolliver: Clear case of breaking and entering.
Elder Hammond: Elsa's legally married to Billy. Right, Judge?
Judge Tolliver: I now pr'nounce you man 'n wife... and, don't you forget it.


Steve Judd: That boy you trained personally shows a substantial lack of judgment.
Gil Westrum: Kinda' showin' *your* age, aren't ya'? Interfering with a young man's love life...
Steve Judd: Well, I'm not payin' him ten dollars a day to go moonin' after some girl whose old man is about to hind-end him with a load of buckshot.


Steve Judd: I'm gonna put you behind bars, Gil.
Gil Westrum: You'll pay hell gettin' it done.


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Facts about

Final film of Randolph Scott. He retired from acting once he saw the finished film, saying he wanted to quit while he was ahead and that he would never be able to better his work here.
Mariette Hartley's first film.
Joel McCrea was originally cast as Westrum and Randolph Scott was Judd. But early in the production each actor went to the producer on his own, dissatisfied and ready to quit, so the roles were reversed.
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Ride the High Country

Released 1962
Inducted 1992
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