- Director: Laurence Kasdan
- Based on Book: no
- Cast: Kevin Kline, Danny Glover, Kevin Costner, Scott Glenn, Linda Hunt, Brian Dennehy, John Cleese, Jeff Goldblum, Rosanna Arquette
- Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor/actress in:
- Kevin Kline - Hamlet, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Prairie Home Companion, The Emperor’s Club, Life As a House, The Wild Wild West, The Ice Storm, Dave, The January Man, A Fished Called Wanda, Sophie’s Choice
- Danny Glover – Be Kind Rewind, Honeydripper, Dreamgirls, Manderlay, Bopha!, Lethal Weapon 1-4, The Color Purple, Witness
- Kevin Costner – Swing Vote, Rumor Has It, A Perfect World, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Dances with Wolves, Bodyguard, JFK, Bull Durham, Stacey’s Knights
- Scott Glenn – The Bourne Ultimatum, Freedom Writes, The Shipping News, Virgin Suicides, Carla’s Song, Courage under Fire, Edie & Pen, Silence of the Lambs, Apocalypse, Nashville
- Linda Hunt – Stranger than Fiction, The Year of Living Dangerously
- Brian Dennehy – Romeo and Juliet, The Stars Fell on Henrietta, various TV series
- John Cleese – Monty Python, A Fish Called Wanda, Fawlty Towers, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Harry Potter, The Meaning of Life, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, The Taming of the Shrew
- Jeff Goldblum – Igby Goes Down, Independence Day, Jurassic Park, The Fly
- Rosanna Arquette – Pulp Fiction, After Hours, Desperately Seeking Susan
- Why bought: Kevin Kline, Danny Glover, remember liking it
- Seen: Twice. First time about 15-20 years ago. Now: September 27, 2013
Actually I’m practically allergic to westerns and this is pretty much a standard western with outsider he-men good guys, mean crooks and bent sheriffs so one could ask oneself what it was I liked about this movie the first time I saw it. I remember it as an irreverent comedy but other than Kevin Kline’s red long johns and young Kevin Costner behaving like a dumb, sharpshooting yeehawer it’s not funny, and the yeehawing isn’t funny either, just tiresome.
I suppose what I liked back in the olden days was the inclusion of a black hero and a non-beautiful, tough and likeable leading lady. In the 80’s this was maybe a bit radical. Sadly, maybe it still is.
I won’t go into all the clichés. Westerns are westerns. This one is without Indians except for a couple who walk across the street at the beginning. There’s no indication that all these good-hearted wagon train people are land robbers.
Without the cast this movie wouldn’t get more than a puny little star from me but Danny Glover and Kevin Kline bring quality to everything they do and Linda Hunt makes any scene she’s in worth watching. Thanks to them:
2 * of 5