Plot: 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.
I consider Open Range a bit of underrated classic; sure it’s a bit slowburn in the first half but most Westerns are and performances by the entire cast are fantastic. You can never go wrong with Robert Duvall and Kevin Costner who were born to be cowboys.
The Final Shootout from the film has Bluebonnet “Boss” Spearman & Charley Waite taking on the corrupt Sheriff and his people after their friend is murdered in cold blood. Let the bullets fly!