R | | Adventure, Drama, Western
A dramatization of the real-life Johnson County War in 1890 Wyoming, in which a Sheriff born into wealth, attempts to protect immigrant farmers from rich cattle interests.
Martin Scorsese has said that the film has many overlooked virtues.
John L. Bridges:
It's gettin' dangerous to be poor in this country.
James Averill: It always was.
In an 1890 pickup baseball, defensive players wear gloves, but even the average major league player wouldn't have such equipment until later in that decade.
Writer-director Michael Cimino was coaxed to revisit his film for a 2012 video release via The Criterion Collection and supervised a 2K transfer from the YCM separation negatives from which he noticeably changed the original look of the film from a subdued sepia to a more rich "Technicolor" appearance. He also made a number of revisions, including the removal of the intermission thus creating a straight cut, reversed a "pull out" shot to a "pull in" and made a number of other tweaks as well as a re-tweak of the soundtrack.
English, Russian, French, Polish, German
$12,032 (USA) (19 November 1980)
$3,484,331 (USA) (31 December 1981)
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