RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY REVIEWED
“Ride the High Country” is a pretty standard Western about a couple of guys supporting a gold transport. The action is pretty standard and Mariette Hartley is spunky. However, this feels like such a burner film to get Sam Peckinpah ready for better things. L.Q. Jones and others show up in small roles, but they would go on to become Peckinpah’s stable of actors. So, what happened here that didn’t happen on later films?
Well, Peckinpah was coming off TV shows and he wanted to mimic an acceptable studio style. Even with that, he nails something about interpersonal relationships that you wouldn’t see in similar films. These were older men doing a job and trying to be right by a society aging past them. The loss of independence in the face of a shrinking frontier would come back later in Peckinpah’s work on “The Wild Bunch”. Still, this is worth checking out and I recommend a purchase.
- 2.35:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 2.0 MONO