More Silverado

Barry mentioned in comments last night that he hadn’t seen Silverado yet, whereupon I responded that the movie starts kicking ass right from the opening credits and goes all the way through without letup. That whetted my appetite for a rewatching of the opener, which in turn made me think of some other personal favorite scenes from the movie, which…well, you begin to get the idea. So, for the CF crew’s Friday-night viewing pleasure, a few of my favorite scenes from one of my all-time favorite flicks. Because I care, I’ll embed ’em all below the fold so they don’t clutter up the main page.

Enjoy, y’all.First, the opener.



I didn’t mention it last night, but another wonderful thing about this movie is the gorgeous scenery, showed off in some really nice wide-angle camera work. Silverado‘s musical score is a real treat as well, doing a most excellent job of setting the stage, heightening the drama, expressing the mood of each scene, without being overwrought or intrusive.

Next up: how could anybody not fall in love with a Western that features John Cleese (!!) in the role of flint-eyed Sherriff Langston?




Cleese has a bounty of great lines, the number of which is out of all proportion to the brevity of his part He reels ’em all off with a bone-dry élan. He provides a bit light-hearted fun amidst some pretty grim doin’s that is as refreshing as it is unexpected.

Here’s the brilliant Brian Dennehy again, demonstrating with style and finesse exactly how this acting thing is DONE—and making it look easy, as always.



Bet you never expected to see Kevin Kline playing a gunslingin’, card-sharkin’, rootin’-tootin’-shootin’ cowboy badass, now did ya? Or not convincingly, anyway.

And yet.




I could do this all night, trust me. But this ought to be enough to inspire any interested parties out there to add Silverado to their must-watch list with a quickness.

2 thoughts on “More Silverado

  1. Thanks for the quick looks. I’ll watch it and let you know what I think. I’m about as movie inclined as I am musical, meaning I’m a zero on a 1 to 10 scale 🙂

  2. OK, I watched it late last night. As I mentioned, I’ve seen snippets here and there over the years but never sat through it beginning to end. I liked it. In a way, it is every western rolled into one. The acting was terrific and knowing one of the cast is recently departed made me watch his performance much more carefully, and it is superb.

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