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The Hi-Lo Country (1998)

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Release Date
 USA: Dec 30, 1998
DVD Release Date
 R1: Jun 29, 1999

MPAA Rating
Rated R for some sexuality, a scene of violence, and for brief language.

Running Time
1 hour, 54 minutes

Country USA, UK, Germany

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• The Hi-Lo Country

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Genre: Drama, Western, Love Triangle, Coming Of Age, Infidelity, Period Piece

Tagline: A woman like Mona can drive men to extremes.

Plot: This epic western combines themes of classic westerns from the past, where cowboys fought to the death for honor and the love of a good woman, while exploring the modern predicament of the death of the true cowboy. Based on the novel by Max Evans, this tale of the friendship between two men is set against the sumptously beautiful lanscape of post-WWII New Mexico. After fighting in the war, two good friends decide to go into cattle business for themselves. Big Boy (Woody Harrelson) is an old-fashioned cowboy, living life on the edge with a drink in one hand and a pistol in the other. His good friend Pete (Billy Crudup) is more mild mannered, but both men work hard to make something of their ranch, struggling to succeed in a world that is quickly becoming hard for small-time cowboys to survive in. Their friendship is tested when they both fall for the same married woman, the lonely and gorgeous Mona (Patricia Arquette). When Big Boy and Mona become lovers, the small town seethes with rumors and jealous men want to see Big Boy dead for his infidelity. Director Stephen Frears displays a keen eye for period detail and the wide open beauty of the surroundings, letting the landscape speak for the film's more laconic characters. Woody Harrelson shines as the kinetic Big Boy with his

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 Directed by
Stephen Frears
High Fidelity, Dangerous Liaisons, Dirty Pretty Things
 Written by
Max Evans
The Rounders, The Ballad of Cable Hogue
Walon Green
Eraser, The Wild Bunch, Dinosaur
Woody Harrelson
The Thin Red Line, Natural Born Killers, Anger Management
Billy Crudup
Almost Famous, Big Fish, Mission: Impossible III
Cole Hauser
Good Will Hunting, Pitch Black, Dazed and Confused
Jacob Vargas
Traffic, Get Shorty, Romy and Michele's High School Reunion
Sam Elliott
Hulk, Tombstone, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Patricia Arquette
True Romance, Ed Wood, Lost Highway
Penelope Cruz
Vanilla Sky, Blow, All About My Mother
 Music By
Carter Burwell
Fargo, Being John Malkovich, The Big Lebowski

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