Open Range

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Open Range (Touchstone Movie)

“Open Range” is a 2003 Western film directed by and starring Kevin Costner. The movie also features Robert Duvall, Annette Bening, and Michael Gambon in prominent roles. Set in the late 1800s, the film follows the story of two cowboys, Charley Waite (Kevin Costner) and Boss Spearman (Robert Duvall), who are free grazers driving cattle across the open range of the American West.

The cowboys, along with their loyal companions Mose (Abraham Benrubi) and Button (Diego Luna), encounter trouble when they reach the small town of Harmonville. The town is controlled by a ruthless and corrupt cattle baron, Denton Baxter (Michael Gambon), who sees the free grazers as a threat to his dominance. Baxter tries to force them out of town, leading to a conflict that escalates into a violent showdown between the cowboys and Baxter’s hired guns.

Amidst the tension and conflict, Charley develops a romantic relationship with Sue Barlow (Annette Bening), a woman who works as a local doctor in Harmonville. Sue becomes a catalyst for the cowboys to stand up against the injustice and tyranny they face in the town.

“Open Range” is praised for its strong performances, beautiful cinematography, and its portrayal of the classic themes of justice, freedom, and the spirit of the American frontier. The film captures the essence of the Western genre, showcasing the vast landscapes of the American West and the harsh realities of life in that era.

Costner’s direction and portrayal of Charley Waite received acclaim from critics, as did Duvall’s performance as Boss Spearman. The chemistry between the two leads and their camaraderie as cowboys is one of the film’s highlights.

In addition to the compelling story and characters, “Open Range” is also celebrated for its realistic and well-choreographed action sequences, including a climactic gunfight that adds intensity and suspense to the narrative.

Overall, “Open Range” is considered one of the standout Western films of the 21st century, evoking the spirit of classic Westerns while adding its own distinct touch. It remains a favorite among fans of the genre and serves as a testament to the enduring appeal of Western films in modern cinema.

Additional Details


  • Robert Duvall: Boss Spearman
  • Kevin Costner: Charley Waite
  • Annette Bening: Sue Barlow
  • Michael Gambon: Denton Baxter
  • Michael Jeter: Percy
  • Diego Luna: Button
  • James Russo: Marshal Poole
  • Abraham Benrubi: Mose Harrison
  • Dean McDermott: Doc Barlow
  • Kim Coates: Butler
  • Herbert Kohler Jr.: Cafe Man
  • Peter MacNeill: Mack
  • Cliff Saunders: Ralph
  • Patricia Stutz: Ralph’s Wife
  • Julian Richings: Wylie
  • Ian Tracey: Tom
  • Rod Wilson: Gus


  • Director: Kevin Costner
  • Producers: Kevin Costner, Jake Eberts and David Valdes
  • Screenplay: Craig Storper

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