Film #62: RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY
Ride the High Country
3 out of 5 stars
A sentimental rewatch. The great Sam Peckinpah channels his inner John Ford with this at times meandering, but still satisfying Western. The film’s setup is solid (even if it’s a little hard to swallow “the bad guy”), but the middle drags unnecessarily before reaching its climax. Both Randolph Scott & Joel McCrea are good in their roles even though their delivery can seem a little stagey. Mariette Hartley (in her screen debut) has victim stamped across her forehead and lives up to that. In the end, there just isn’t enough “action” in a film that is set in a genre that requires action. Too much talking (“Remember ______”) is a common way conversations start and not enough gunplay makes RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY a good, but not memorable, exercise.