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This is one strange and original movie. In 1973 most American reviewers responded by panning it and deriding its director, whom they saw as having betrayed the promise of Ride the High Country, been swept up in his own cult of violence, and become incoherent as a storyteller. Coherence wasn't helped by MGM's cutting at least a quarter-of-an-hour out of the finished film and removing a bitter, retrospective prelude. Subsequent releases have restored a lot of material, and now there's more widespread appreciation of the depth and power of Peckinpah's achievement.
The cast, teeming with fine character actors, is extraordinary, making the gallery of frontier denizens vivid and resonant. Coburn's Garrett, a man who comes to loathe himself for his mission yet cannot abandon it, is the high-water mark of the actor's career. L.Q. Jones, Luke Askew, Harry Dean Stanton, Jack Elam, and Richard Bright create indelible moments, and Slim Pickens becomes the center of an unforgettably moving scene. The presence of Kristofferson (just starting out as an actor) and Bob Dylan (whose enigmatic role is nearly wordless) nudges us toward recognizing Old West outlawry as an early form of rock stardom--flesh-and-blood gods for a primitive society to feed on. --Richard T. Jameson
This movie was a bit slow. If you are into Westerns, then this is the one for you. If you want to watch Dylan, then this is definitely the one to watch. Read morePublished 19 days ago by DVDviewer
Bob Dylan,plain and simple. The wild card..the shooting star. Bob was solid in this flick.
Found this looking for Knocking on Heavens Door. Didn't realize that Bob Dylan played in the film as well. Read morePublished 20 days ago by FilmViewer
I knew there was a reason I didn't see this movie when it was released in the early 70's. I heard Bob Dylan's song, "Knocking on Heaven's Door" recently on the radio and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by William F. Specht
Crappy movie..outstanding soundtrack...and ole Bob in the movie is pretty cool!Published 1 month ago by stony
I'm not usually a fan of westerns but this movie is easily my favorite western, and a great film regardless of genre in my opinion...... Read morePublished 2 months ago by jason
Sam Peckinpah, Bob Dylan Soundtrack, and a PLETHORA of great "old" actors when they were considerably younger. A must for any western collection. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dane