11 September 2006

Silverado (1985)

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Silverado (1985)

Directed by
Lawrence Kasdan

Plot description:
The film follows Emmett (Glenn), an ex-con looking to start life over in California with his younger brother Jake (Costner). Emmett spent time in prison for his crime – he killed old man McKendrick a local wealthy landowner in self defense – but it seems his victim's son is unwilling to forgive, forcing Emmett to constantly have to watch his back. He makes a friend in Paden (Kline) when he rescues him from certain death in the desert. Together they go to meet Jake who's landed himself in jail and is about to be hanged for kissing a girl. Well, she happened to be someone else's girl and that person is now dead. Emmett has no choice but to break him out. He can't very well show up in Silverado to see his sister with a story like this. Paden, a man with a checkered past himself, opts out of the crime. He likes Emmett, but he just can't get involved. That is until he gets thrown into jail himself. It seems he killed the man who stole his hat and left him to die in the desert. Why can't the authorities understand he was merely trying to reclaim what was his?

They, of course get away, but with a little extra help from Mal (Glover), a man they helped the day before when he was unjustly attacked in the local saloon. Forced to leave town by the sheriff, Mal was just returning the favor by helping them escape the local posse. Since they're all going to Silverado, they decide to ride together. Along the way they run into a wagon train that was on its way to Silverado as well, but got shanghaied by bandits who killed one of their men and took off with all their money. Emmett tries to get them to just keep moving but they refuse. They can't survive without the money. It's all they had to start their new lives. Hating to see injustice, Emmett convinces Paden and Mal to rescue the money. His crazy plan works and they continue along with the wagon train to Silverado, where unfortunately their troubles are just getting started.

Mal's family has been run off their land. His mother died from an extended illness, his father is living like an animal in local caves trying not to get shot, and his sister Rae is working as a prostitute in the local saloon. Paden runs into his old riding buddy Cobb (Dennehy) who turns out to be the local sheriff, which says a lot about how this town is now run. Their sister is thrilled to see Emmett and Jake but warns them that Silverado has changed. The McKendricks own the town and they will never let Emmett live if he stays for very long. Everyone tries to fit in – Jake finds himself a girl, Paden becomes the manager of the local saloon, Mal tries to regain his sister's trust – but the peace doesn't last for long. As much as they try to stay out of trouble, the law just won't let them. The McKendricks want Mal, Emmett and Jake dead and Cobb is more than willing to make that happen – for a price. Paden tries to stay out of fight, but he know it's unfair and can't stand to see his new friends killed unjustly. The film ends with an extremely cool shootout sequence and the requisite mano-e-mano gunfight on the street. It's not hard to figure out who survives. [source: crazy4cinema.com]


Kevin Kline .... Paden

Scott Glenn .... Emmett

Kevin Costner .... Jake

Danny Glover .... Malachi 'Mal' Johnson
Marvin J. McIntyre .... Clerk at cavalry outpost
Sheb Wooley .... Cavalry Sergeant
Jon Kasdan .... Boy at Outpost

John Cleese .... Sheriff John T. Langston, Turley

Todd Allen .... Turley Deputy Kern
Kenny Call .... Turley Deputy Block
Bill Thurman .... Carter, Owner of Sang's Saloon, Turley
Meg Kasdan .... Barmaid at Sang's Saloon
Dick Durock .... Turley Bar Fighter
Gene Hartline .... Turley Bar Fighter
Autry Ward .... Hat Thief (Paden's)
Jake Kasdan .... Turley Stable Boy

Rosanna Arquette .... Hannah

Rusty Meyers .... Conrad
Zeke Davidson .... Mr. Parker
Lois Geary .... Mrs. Parker

James Gammon .... Dawson
Troy Ward .... Nord Baxter
Roy McAdams .... Tom Hawley

Brian Dennehy .... Sheriff Cobb
Linda Hunt .... Stella

Jeff Goldblum .... 'Slick' Calvin Stanhope

Ray Baker .... Ethan McKendrick
Joe Seneca .... Ezra Johnson

Lynn Whitfield .... Rae Johnson
Jeff Fahey .... Deputy Tyree

Patricia Gaul .... Kate Hollis

Amanda Wyss .... Phoebe
Earl Hindman .... J.T. Hollis
Thomas Wilson Brown .... Augie Hollis (as Tom Brown)

Jim Haynie .... Bradley
Richard Jenkins .... Kelly
Jerry Biggs .... Bartender, Midnight Star Saloon
Sam Gauny .... Deputy Garth, Silverado

Ken Farmer .... Deputy Kyle, Silverado
Bill McIntosh .... Deputy Charlie, Silverado
Charles Seybert .... Silverado shopkeeper
Jane Beauchamp .... Neighbor Woman
Jerry Block .... Townsman

Ben Zeller .... Townsman
Pepe Serna .... Scruffy, McKendrick Hand
Ted White .... Hoyt, McKendrick Hand (Eyepatch)
Ross Loney .... Red, McKendrick Hand

Walter Scott .... Swann, McKendrick Hand
Bob Terhune .... Guard Cowboy, McKendrick Hand
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mark Kasdan .... Doc Skinner (scenes deleted)

Matthew Hotsinpiller .... Townsperson (uncredited)

Brion James .... Hobart, the Wagon Train Leader (uncredited)