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Ride the High Country


Part of our Anniversary Classics series. For details, visit: laemmle.com/ac.

Actress Mariett Hartley will appear in person for a Q&A following the screening of RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY on Saturday, August 19th.


This autumnal Western dealt with many of the same themes of a changing West that John Ford explored in Liberty Valance. But young director Sam Peckinpah brought an edgier perspective to his examination of the closing of the frontier. Western film veterans Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea play aging gunfighters confronting a new world at the start of the 20 th century. Laced with irreverent humor and sometimes startling sexual candor, the film turns into a deeply moving elegy for its upright cowboy heroes. Despite a haphazard release by the studio, the film was named by Newsweek as the best film of 1962, and in his four-star review, Leonard Maltin called it a “literate, magnificent Western.” It was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1997. This screening will be followed by a Q&A with actress Mariette Hartley, who made her film debut in the role of an innocent but spirited frontier woman. The cast also includes Warren Oates, Ron Starr, L.Q. Jones, R.G. Armstrong, and Edgar Buchanan. Cinematography by Lucien Ballard.

Played at

Ahrya Fine Arts, 8.19.17 - 8.19.17

Runtime: 94 min
Language: English

Director: Sam Peckinpah
Writer(s): N.B. Stone Jr.
Cast: Joel McCrea, Mariette Hartley, Randolph Scott