Open Range

Synopsis: Boss Spearman, Charley Waite, Mose Harrison and Button freegraze their cattle across the vast prairies of the West, sharing a friendship forged by a steadfast code of honor and living a life unencumbered by civilization. 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 and Charley 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, a woman who embraces both his heart and his soul.
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Kevin Costner
Production: Buena Vista Pictures
  1 win & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
139 min

Think she'll get over thisaway?


Best bed them down.

Come on, Tig.

There she goes.

Looks like we're in for it.

You see them?

Can't see them.|Can't hear them.

You ever seen one this bad?

Not since Noah and the flood.

Well, you should know, Boss,|since you was there.

What did you say?

He said, "You should know|since you was there. "

Well, even that|wasn't this damn wet.

One thing's certain.

Noah never shoveled as much bull|from them he had aboard.

Let's rustle up some grub.



- That hurt?|- Yeah.

Mose, still got them cards?

Yeah, I got them.

Get them out, and let's have us|a game after breakfast.


Pull them plates under here.

You gonna play them cards, Mose,|or stare a hole through them?

Don't rush me.

I'll take four.

Oh, for pity's sakes.|"Take four. "

All right, that's it.

I'm out.

Me too.

A man's trust|is a valuable thing, Button.

You don't want to lose it|for a handful of cards.

Well, at least it ain't raining.

Get yourself dressed, Button.|Help Mose get things cleaned up.

Then you walk out|and look for them horses.

Looks like you could use|a little muscle there, Charley.

You just keep on like you are.

You'll get your chance|soon enough.

No need to ask|for more chores, Mose.

Every man's got to pull|his weight.

Yeah, but my weight|is half of yours.

You know, it's hard to figure|Charley sometimes.

I ain't even sure|if he likes me.

He likes you.

You know, Boss had some pause|about hiring me on.

Too big to get around on horses|and work them cows.

Afraid I'd eat too much.

It was Charley|that talked him into it,

and I ain't one to take|a man's confidence lightly.

You know I ain't, either.

I know you ain't, but it's best|to keep remembering it

if you want respect

when you're riding with men|like Charley and Boss.

Button, pull.

Pull it.



Quit playing with that dog|and pull the wagon!

Pull it!

- Pull!|- Oh, yeah!

Yeah.|That's it.

Hey, hey!|Look at that!

Old Boss sure can cowboy,|can't he?


Broke the mold after him.

Main bunch is working|towards water.

We'll go up-country,|find the rest,

and we'll push them there.

Look at that.

A couple of damn kids.

Anyway, once we get them,

we can start driving them back|closer to camp.

It'll be a while|before we see another town.

Could use supplies,|coffee and such.




You'll have to ride back|to that town we passed.

When you want me to go?


I'll go.

I can go.

How long you figure, Charley?

Without cows slowing things,|maybe one day there, one back.

Sounds about right.

Come on, Boss.

I can do it.

Sure you can, boy.

Just don't know|if that town's ready

to have you|turned loose on it just yet.


Damn! Sh*t!


By God, if you're gonna pick|your feet like a monkey,

you do it downwind.

Swear to God, old Tig|takes better care of herself.

Starting to think|it was a mistake

not getting you on in some town|to learn a trade.

I don't like towns.|Never liked them.

Oh, you're just saying that|'cause you heard me say it.

Get yourself a trade|and set up in a town.

You'll always have|a roof over your head,

a bed up off the ground,

and food no further away|than a caf.

Ain't that so, Charley?

That was a big help.

Might as well be talking|to this horse.

Put your boot on, Button.|Let's go to work.

Course, if you was to live|in a town...

You'd have to clean up some.

Otherwise, no one|could stand the stink.

What you do that for?!

Cheating at cards.


I apologized to you for that!

Eh, Boss?|I apologized to him for that.

Evidently he ain't over it yet.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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