Open Range (2003)–Review

Dir. Kevin Costner
Starring: Robert Duvall, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, etc.
139 minutes

burgess Said:
July 20, 2004 at 11:50 am

Not a whole lot of whiskey drinking for a Western. The movie started slow, and picked up a little, but overall, it was king of boring, very predictable bad guys get theirs in the end.

Reid Said:
July 20, 2004 at 4:38 pm

I wanted to like Open Range–Costner and Duvall got me excited. Plus, it looked like a Lonesome Dove kind of thing. (I loved Duvall as Gus.) But the movie was a mess. It was like some executive said, “Let’s get Duvall, Costner and make a Western. Nevermind the plot. We’ll just throw a bunch of cliches together, and, oh yeah, get Annette Bening as Costner’s love interest, and we got ourselves a winner.”

I liked the “slow” gun battle at the end because it was different.

burgess Said:
July 20, 2004 at 7:43 pm


I wanted to like Open Range also, mostly because I love a good Western, which Open Range wasn’t. I’m not a big Costner fan, but I really liked Lonesome Dove, and I agree, Duval was great. In Open Range, it seemed as if Duvall and Costner were actors pretending to be cowboys, which I guess they were, also, “E.R. Jerry” was kind of sorry.

Reid Said:
July 20, 2004 at 8:10 pm

Who was “E.R. Jerry” again?

I actually liked the characters, but I didn’t feel like the director/writer fleshed them or the story out enough.

Mitchell Said:
July 21, 2004 at 12:30 am

I liked Open Range. I liked how (physically) dark it was, and I liked the relationship between the main characters. Costner and Duvall were a great combination, and I like pictures that show men having honest, mutually admiring conversations with one another.

I also like the slow gunfight at the climax. Very, very well-done.

burgess Said:
July 21, 2004 at 5:08 pm

“E.R. Jerry” is the guy that plays Jerry on E.R. I don’t know the actor’s name, though I guess I could easily find out.

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