Release year: 1985
Director: Lawrence Kasdan
Screenwriter: Lawrence Kasdan, Mark Kasdan
Starring: Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn, Kevin Costner, Danny Glover, Brian Dennehy, Linda Hunt, Lynn Whitfield, Jeff Goldblum, Amanda Wyss
Ratings: 2 Oscar nominations: Best Sound, Best Original Score.
Four men travel together to Silverado where they go each their way. But an injustice in town bring them together again.
This 1980s western is as classic as they come while still managing to avoid feeling worn out, due to an excellent ensemble cast, a gripping story and the energy Kasdan brings to the movie. If it weren’t for the well-known cast, you would constantly find yourselves thinking you are watching a western from the golden age of the genre, in this case that is a good thing. Beautiful cinematography showing the vast landscapes, horses in full run and classic shoot outs. Silverado seems like a love letter to the time most westerns seemed to be starring John Wayne and screams classic in every scene. Kline (A Fish Called Wanda, 1988) is not who you would first think of as a western hero, but he looks good in the part and does a good job as does Glenn (The Hunt for the Red October, 1990) while Costner, who has later become somewhat of a western icon, plays the part loose and goofy with Glover (Lethal weapon, 1987) hasn’t gotten to old for the s… yet and convinces as the great shooting Mal. The foursome quickly grabs your sympathy and with the help of a brilliant support cast tells you a classic tale of injustice, women and whiskey. An adventurous ride back to the old times and a great told story, Silverado is a classic western.
The set for Silverado (1985) was built for this movie, and has since been used in such movies as Young Guns (1988), Wyatt Earp (1994) (also starring Kevin Costner), Last Man Standing (1996), Lonesome Dove (1989), Borderline (2000), and Wild Wild West (1999) (also starring Kevin Kline). In the latter film, as a reference to co-Writer and Director Lawrence Kasdan, “Kasdan Ironworks” can be seen on the side of one of the buildings.
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