That one line from Jake Kevin Costner as he, Paden Kevin Kline , Emmett Scott Glenn , and Mal Danny Glover are riding into town for the last battle against a corrupt sheriff Brian Dennehy exemplifies everything that is great about 'Silverado'. It's a high-spirited adventure that is fun, does not take itself too seriously well, maybe a little , and cheerfully reenacts Western clichés. It's the kind of movie where you can tell the actors had fun making it, and you have fun too.The acting is uniformly excellent. Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn, and Danny Glover all bring quiet <more>
dignity as well as low-key humor to their roles, but it's Kevin Costner who impressed me the most. As Glenn's cocky young brother, Costner doesn't even bother to contain his glee at being in a Western. He gives the most fun performance in the movie, and it's good to see a younger Costner not taking himself nearly as seriously as he does now. The supporting cast has some nice players: John Cleese shows up as a fair-minded sheriff who seems to have walked over from a Monty Python skit; Academy Award-winner Linda Hunt 'The Year Of Living Dangerously' steals scenes as a strong-willed bar owner who Kevin Kline befriends; and Brian Dennehy is thoroughly slimy as the villain.The action is fun, and director Lawrence Kasdan shows a gift for this material granted, he was the person who wrote 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' , and the screenplay also by Kasdan is joyous in the way it resurrects the Western. The movie also has one of the best action scores I've ever heard by Bruce Broughton, and I was humming the title theme as the movie concluded.'Silverado' is a shining example of the Western genre, and it stands as one of the greatest pure entertainment Westerns ever made.
There are two reasons I say there should have been a sequel: One is that, simply, this was so great, so nearly perfect that it deserved and deserves follow-up.From largest role to smallest and I don't mean Linda Hunt , the acting was superlative ... and here I have to pause to say it took several viewings for me to finally admit that, yes, even Kevin Costner, whom I generally and thoroughly dislike, was darn good as a cowboy.I saw this first in a theater, in Hollywood, with people from the industry, and absolutely LOVED it ... except for Kevin Costner.I was in awe of the script, of the <more>
acting, of the photography, of ... well, of everything ... except Kevin Costner.Well, I watched it recently on Turner Classic Movies and, reluctantly, decided it was just prejudice, however deserved, and in truth Costner really made a very good cowboy.There is a little secret here I won't completely divulge: Watch how actors mount their horses, and you'll see if they really know Western riding and, for that matter, if the director knows his business.One of the actors deserving special praise is Brian Dennehy. As far as I am concerned, he can do no wrong. He is one of the very best actors in the business during the last 20 or 30 years, just an absolutely fabulous talent.Perhaps I shouldn't be surprised, but even Jeff Goldblum was great in this role. Oh, I know he's good, but I would have thought, and did think, that a Western setting would find him out of place. Wrong.Sheb Wooley has a small part and it was great to see him in what turned out to be one of his last roles. He, of course, was right at home.Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn, and Danny Glover also looked right at home, as if they had been born making Westerns.Linda Hunt, another actor who can seemingly do no wrong, was in another movie this same year, 1985, the terribly unfairly ignored "Eleni," and it and "Silverado" both were much better than the movie that carried nearly all the awards, and which I won't name here.That other film might have deserved the Oscar for its score, but even the score of "Silverado" was first class and would have got my vote if I were allowed to cast a ballot. Bruce Broughton, who has scored mostly for television, looked to be on the way to picking up the mantle of Elmer Bernstein, and I even bought the recorded score -- at retail rates! Which I never do. It is excellent music."Silverado" is an almost perfect movie.Oh, and the second reason there shoulda been a sequel: The last words shouted by the Kevin Costner character. Watch this movie and listen.
This is my all time favorite western...or favorite of the westerns made after 1980..hahah. One thing other reviewers seem to forget is how good Jeff Fahey was. He is always SO good at the nutty, cruel crazy type of character. Must be the contrast of his blue eyes with his dark hair. Did a great job. And, even if you don't like Kevin Costner, as some don't, he did a fantastic job as the cocky, young, afraid of nothing brother of Emmet. And, he looked like he had a blast playing the part. And he sure could ride. I remember that Scott Glen had a harder time adjusting to being a cowboy <more>
during the training for the film.. and got hurt I think. He sure overcame that..looked like a natural too. Yes, they should have made a sequel, the group of actors were too good together to not see again. Other favorite westerns? Tombstone.....Val Kilmer as Doc was SUPERB. Probably the best character in a western EVER. boy that was a good one!!!!Favorite old western? The Cowboys with John Wayne.Enjoy Siverado!!!!
"Silverado" carries us out into the overpowering grandeur of the American West... (by Nazi_Fighter_David)
One of the cruel twists that sometimes appears in the showdown is the spectacle friend facing friend at opposite ends of a gun Kline faces his friend and fellow lawman Dennehy And the two come into direct conflict They know that the only true test can be when one outdraws and kills the other The inexorable outcome is a tense showdown With such equal abilities a split second is the difference between life and death The two friends square up and draw in the same instant and simultaneously Kline is surprisingly effective as the cowboy with a troubled past and Dennehy, as Sheriff <more>
Cobb, generates a palpable menace Scott Glenn is a professional gunslinger, not an angel or a traditional 'goodie' by any means but a man with a certain honor and nobility His life is a series of confrontations He plans to start life over in California with his brother Jake but, as ever, there are always punks who wants to take him down Glenn does not have the screen presence of some of the other characters of the film, but the action-oriented films ideally suited him Kevin Costner is charismatic as the sympathetic young hotshot gunslinger, soft at heart He measures his self by his fancy double gun belt Wearing two guns, he kills two armed guys in a couple of seconds with two shots one bursts from each pearl-handled gunand he didn't even aim Danny Glover must overcome the racism of Turley to find the 'baddies' who killed his old father and wounded his sister No doubt racism is rampant in this part of the country The film succeeded in introducing a strong black character with a look of high expectation on his face Villains in Lawrence Kasdan's "Silverado" are all quite good Ray Baker Ethan McKendrick is totally without moral redemption whose job it is to run settlers off their homesteads John Cleese, is the nasty sheriff Langston dressed rather elegantly in suit and bowler... Jeff Goldblum remembers me Lee Van Cleef in a scene from "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral". In this scene, Cleef prepares himself to kill Kirk Douglas by a small gun hidden in his left boot Goldblum, in "Silverado" lifts his pant leg, at the poker table, and reveals the handle of a long knife secreted in his boot Rosanna Arquette's short scenes in the movie look to be going to a romantic relationship involving her and the two heroes Kline and Glenn but nothing ever occurs Even Lynn Whitfield as Glover's sister has so little dialogue and screen time that she doesn't emerge well in her true character Linda Hunt makes her best as Stella, the 'Midnight Star' in a velvet dress, who runs the local saloon Filmed on ravishing locations around New Mexico, "Silverado" is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre It is filled with challenge, and excitement It catches the perfect blue sky above the orange desert and celebrates the beauty of wagon trains moving through pretty, rolling country splashing noisily across the river It exhibits expansive saloons busy with gamblers, drinkers, and lovely brightly-dressed girls... It shows fantastic shootouts, ambushes, jail breaks, outlaw hideouts, bar fights, and cattle stampede
An Entertainng, Underrated Western (by ccthemovieman-1)
If you are looking for a very entertaining western, it's hard to top this one. It's fairly long at 134 minutes, but the deep cast and always-interesting story make the time fly by.The first half of the film is about as good as it gets but two climactic scenes at the end get a little too carried away with the "Rambo" mentality of good guys not getting shot when they should have, etc. But, overall, it's so good it is still very highly-recommended. Among the "lists" you see on this website's message boards and elsewhere, you rarely see this movie mentioned <more>
among top westerns and that is a huge oversight.There are four main "good guys" that are played by well-known actors: Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn, Kevin Costner and Danny Glover. I especially liked Kline as "Paden" with his gentlemanly manner about him and Glenn's voice always makes him interesting. Costner is so young looking he almost looks like a teenager.Brian Dennehy, as the villainous "Sheriff Cobb," is verbally restrained in here, which was nice to hear, for a change but he's still intense and fascinating. This movie marked the 10,000th time Hollywood made a lawman the villain since the 1960s .The story is fun, a straight cowboy movie with no romances or gratuitous sex scenes thrown in and has the usual beautiful western scenery and photography. The only problem was the sound. The soundtrack is so loud so have to crank up your center speaker to hear the dialog over the music.
I have nothing but compliments for this gun- and trail-blazing Western opus; a symbol of the genre's unwillingness to die (by TheUnknown837-1)
After the financial disaster of Michael Cimino's "Heaven's Gate" in 1980, the Western movie genre had appeared to slip away into an unexpected demise after so many decades of enormous popularity. Then in 1985, two filmmakers, who owed their inspiration and in one case, their career to the old Westerns, brought it back from the cinematic grave of the cutting room. The first one was a revolutionary Western by Clint Eastwood. "Pale Rider" 1985 brought back the dark, cynical life of the gloomy but powerfully allegoric Westerns like "Shane" 1953 . And then <more>
there was "Silverado", which instilled new life into our perception of the old classic gun and trail-blazing Westerns like "The Magnificent Seven" 1960 . As an avid fan of the Westerns, both old and new, I have nothing but compliments for "Silverado" and even now, almost a quarter of a century since its theatrical debut, it still holds up as a terrifically entertaining good-hearted Western action film and fills the souls of its viewers with the same wild love and thrill that the classics and the men who made them have.While "Pale Rider" and later, "Unforgiven" 1992 brought us a gritty, cynical view of the 19th century world, "Silverado" brings us one full of glory and spectacle from its magnificent scenery to its pulse-raising downtown shootouts and standoffs. Back with a new look, but the same charm, are the tough laconic heroes riding on elegant steeds and hauling flashy bullet-spitting hardware on their legs. Back are the sneering, equally laconic villains who spit before they draw their guns. Back are the classic shootouts where the good guys score a direct hit with every shot—no matter the distance or the situation—and the bad guys miss with every shot and yet somehow, this improbable and certainly unrealistic formula still works. "Silverado" is basically the same kind of film as "The Magnificent Seven" 1960 and the other gun-blazing Westerns from the golden age revamped and upgraded for a more contemporary audience, but still working more or less in the same way."Silverado" is full of old-fashioned, but terrifically entertaining action scenes ranging from fistfights to classic one-on-one showdowns in the middle of a deserted dusty street, but part of what also keep it standing on its own feet are the background stories of the colorful characters, many of whom are played by actors quite unfamiliar to the Western genre. Again, some of the subplots are old-fashioned and familiar, such as the commonly used bout between homesteaders and range men, but because its freshened up and ramped up, it works. Director, producer, and writer Lawrence Kasdan is to be congratulated enormously on this thundering, exciting Western opus. Full of witty dialogue, beautiful backgrounds, colorful things in the foreground, a wonderful Academy Award-nominated music score by Bruce Broughton, and again, that same old-fashioned, but never dying charm of the old 50s and 60s Westerns, "Silverado" is the kind of film that the whole family can sit down and enjoy. The Western genre may have slowed down and may be a little more obscure today than it was forty years ago, but it will never die completely. A flower may wilt, but its elegance is forever remembered. "Silverado" is, just like its tagline claims, the ride of your life.
I love this movie, so much that I finally got tired of renting it and bought a copy. I tell anyone who asks that it's "...the western for 12-year-old boys of all ages." I'd guess that women would enjoy it also, if for no other reason than the superb male cast. I can't think of a film which has a cast with greater depth. I love the humor woven through the episodes of action and buddyhood, and nearly fell out of my seat laughing when John Cleese first appeared on screen. His first line is an all-time great, right up there with Tommy Lee Jones' "My my, what a <more>
mess" in The Fugitive I won't quote it, in case you haven't seen the film . If you want to be thoroughly entertained for a couple of hours, and don't require powerful social import in your viewing choices, I'd recommend Silverado strongly. Actually, the relationship of Danny Glover to the main protagonists IS socially important, so enjoy that too.
Very good Western about four tough gunmen who ride together in search of their destiny at a little town (by ma-cortes)
Epic and breathtaking major Hollywood Western dealing with a strong feuding among some good guys and some very bad guys headed by two-fisted rivals . It deals with a misfit bunch of friends come together to right the injustices which exist in a small town . In 1880 , two brothers Scott Glenn and Kevin Costner along with an unlikely comrade Kevin Kline and an African-American Danny Glover arrive in the Old West town named Silverado ruled by a nasty marshal Brian Dennehy , there they become embroiled in a violent feuding over a valuable patch of land and flock . The peacemakers travel <more>
together , join forces and come across with many risks before they finally get their objective . Furthermore , this magnificent Western pits stubborn gunslinger and a corrupt sheriff , as ongoing adversaries , both of whom carry out an exciting final duel and bringing peace to fateful town.Impressive , sprawling and big-budgeted Western with action , adventure , cattle stampede , thrills , energetic drama , spectacular scenarios and interesting message about peace and friendship . All of them abound in this interesting action Western . Spectacular images as when the four friends ride side by side to clean up the town of Silverado . Outstanding acting from Kevin Kline as ex-gunfighter forced to take sides in battle , Kevin Costner also stands out as quick-tempered cowboy and Jeff Goldblum as a slick gambler. Special mention to Linda Hunt as the saloon-bar queen and Danny Glover as a upright black-cowboy who seeks vengeance . Brief appearances from John Cleese as Sheriff , James Gammon as bandit and Jeff Fahey as gunslinger . Wonderful camera work in Super Techniscope by John Bailey who photographs marvelously the colorful outdoors and interior . Classic and rousing musical score by Bruce Broughton , one of the best from Western's history and deservedly nominated Academy Award , though wrongly didn't won . This marvelous Western , as long as epic , has become a classic , being stunningly and finely crafted directed by Lawrence Kasdan who also directed another awesome Western as ¨Wyatt Earp¨ . Furthermore , he made other good movies as ¨Body heat¨, ¨The big chill¨ , ¨Grand Canyon¨ and ¨Dream catcher¨ . Rating Silverado : Excellent but overlong as the runtime is approx two hours and some . This famous Western will appeal to Kevin Costner and Kevin Kline fans . Even those who don't usually like westerns are sure to enjoy it . If you never bother with Westerns , this has several reasons why you should . Worthwhile watching and above average .
Although it runs a mighty 132 minutes and contains loads of percussive action, Lawrence Kasdan's "Silverado" is somewhat hard to take. Unlike "Heaven's Gate" which at least in its uncut version goes to great lengths to explain the motives of its principal characters, this movie does the opposite. Maybe I missed something, but by the movie's end, I still didn't know what the friendly sheriff played with a charismatic affability by the solidly built Brian Dennehy had against the heroic foursome. After all, he had earlier saved Kline's life at the <more>
cavalry outpost. True, Scott Glenn had come to his rescue a little earlier, so what we have here is a hero with divided loyalties. That we can understand. But somewhere along the line, without an apology or a by-your-leave, Kline switches sides and joins up with Glenn and his psycho brother chillingly played with an appropriately hideous hilarity by Kevin Costner and the equally fearsome Danny Glover. Still, even though his script is faulty, the movie is directed with considerable style and panache by Lawrence Kasdan who had the acumen to cast the always wonderful, multi-awardwinning Linda Hunt in an important role. The scenery, the art direction, photography and music scoring are superb.