Silverado (1985)

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    Plot Summary
    In 1880, four men travel together to the city of Silverado.
    They come across many dangers before they finally engage the "bad guys"
    and bring peace and equality back to the city.
    Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos

    Full Cast
    Kevin Kline ... Paden
    Scott Glenn ... Emmett
    Kevin Costner ... Jake
    Danny Glover... Mal
    Marvin J. McIntyre ... Clerk
    Brad Leland ... Trooper (as Brad Williams)
    Sheb Wooley ... Cavalry Sergeant
    Jon Kasdan ... Boy at Outpost
    John Cleese ... Sheriff Langston
    Todd Allen ... Deputy Kern
    Bill Thurman ... Carter
    Meg Kasdan ... Barmaid
    Dick Durock ... Bar Fighter
    Gene Hartline ... Bar Fighter
    Autry Ward ... Hat Thief
    Rosanna Arquette ... Hannah
    Rusty Meyers ... Conrad
    James Gammon ... Dawson
    Troy Ward ... Baxter
    Kenny Call ... Deputy Block
    Brian Dennehy ... Cobb
    Linda Hunt ... Stella
    Jeff Goldblum ... Slick
    Ray Baker ... McKendrick
    Joe Seneca ... Ezra
    Lynn Whitfield ... Rae
    Jeff Fahey ... Tyree
    Jake Kasdan ... Stable Boy (as Jacob Kasdan)
    Patricia Gaul ... Kate
    Zeke Davidson ... Mr. Parker
    Amanda Wyss ... Phoebe
    Lois Geary ... Mrs. Parker
    Earl Hindman ... J.T.
    Thomas Wilson Brown ... Augie (as Tom Brown)
    Roy McAdams ... Tall outlaw
    Jim Haynie ... Bradley
    Richard Jenkins ... Kelly
    Jerry Biggs ... Bartender
    Sam Gauny ... Deputy Garth
    Ken Farmer ... Deputy Kyle
    Bill McIntosh ... Deputy Charlie
    Charles Seybert ... Shopkeeper
    Jane Beauchamp ... Neighbor Woman
    Jerry Block ... Townsman
    Ben Zeller ... Townsman
    Pepe Serna ... Scruffy
    Ted White ... Hoyt
    Ross Loney ... Red
    Walter Scott ... Swann
    Bob Terhune ... Guard Cowboy
    Mark Kasdan ... Doc Skinner (scenes deleted)
    Matthew Hotsinpiller ... Townsperson (uncredited)
    Brion James ... Hobart (uncredited)
    Richard Lester ... Saloon patron (uncredited)
    Bob Morgan ... McKendrick Man (uncredited)

    Michael Grillo ... executive producer
    Lawrence Kasdan ... producer
    Mark Kasdan ... associate producer
    Charles Okun ... executive producer

    Bruce Broughton

    John Bailey ... director of photography

    In the scene where Augie tries to jump on Jake's horse and falls to the ground,
    the horse is wearing Jake's hat.
    This was Costner's idea just before the camera's rolled to keep with his character's goofy nature.
    Kasdan loved the idea and it stayed in the film.

    In keeping with his English character, Sheriff John Langston (John Cleese) of Turley
    is armed with an English Enfield Mark II double action revolver.
    Although correct for the time period of the movie, Silverado (1985)
    apparently marks the only ever appearance of this weapon
    in an American western film.

    The set for Silverado (1985) was built for this movie and has since been used
    in such movies as Young Guns (1988), Wyatt Earp (1994) (also starring Kevin Costner),
    Last Man Standing (1996), Lonesome Dove (1989), All the Pretty Horses (2000)
    and Wild Wild West (1999) (also starring Kevin Kline).

    In the latter film, as a reference to director Lawrence Kasdan,
    "Kasdan Ironworks" can be seen on the side of one of the buildings.

    Kevin Costner was offered the role of Jake by Lawrence Kasdan,
    in part to make up for his role in The Big Chill (1983) being cut out of that film.

    John Cleese's first line, "What's all this then?", is a Monty Python in-joke,
    as that line was often uttered by policemen upon entering the scene
    of a crime on Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969).

    Cook Ranch, twenty-five miles from the heart of Santa Fe, New Mexico,
    served as the site for the town of Silverado.
    Production designer Ida Random and set designers Bill Elliott (aka William A. Elliott),
    Chas. Butcher, and Richard McKenzie had the challenging task of totally
    creating the forty building western town.
    From a vast body of historical reference, Random and her team,
    and a construction crew of 140, designed and built such structures as the Midnight Star Saloon, a hotel, and a church. Construction coordinator Clarence Lynn Price and his able crew completed the town in twelve weeks, in less than desirable conditions . . . below freezing temperatures and winds as high as sixty miles per hour.

    When Paden (Kevin Kline) is in his long red underwear talking with Cobb,
    Deputy Kyle (Ken Farmer) comes up and spits tobacco on the ground between Kline's legs.
    The spitting, and the look the two men exchange, is all improvised.

    Earl Hindman plays Wilson on Home Improvement (1991) where the lower half of his face
    is always obscured. In the scene where the house is on fire,
    he appears gagged, with the lower half of his face obscured.

    The planned sequel, as reflected in the films final line, never materialized.

    Director and producer Lawrence Kasdan cast two of his children and his wife
    in small roles in the film.
    His brother and co-writer Mark Kasdan
    also had a small role as a doctor that was filmed but ended up on the cutting room floor.

    Debut theatrical feature film of actor Richard Jenkins.

    First ever western of Kevin Costner who would later go on to star in
    Wyatt Earp (1994), Open Range (2003) and his Best Picture Oscar winning
    Dances with Wolves (1990) which won seven Academy Awards in total.

    Responsible for the film's more than 100 horses, 500 cattle, pigs, chickens
    and other assorted animals, all necessary to create a real atmosphere,
    were livestock coordinator Corky Randall and his wranglers.
    Randall and stunt coordinator Jerry Gatlin spent four weeks with the stars,
    rehearsing them in the art of riding.

    Eaves Ranch, aka Eaves Movie Ranch, used for the filming of such features as
    The Cheyenne Social Club (1970), Butch and Sundance: The Early Days (1979),
    A Gunfight (1971) and Red Sky at Morning (1971), was transformed into
    the Mexican village and cavalry outpost of Chimayo. The town of Turley,
    which all four of the film's heroes pass through, was also constructed
    on the Eaves Ranch.
    Remnants of past film sets were restored, along with the complete construction
    of eight additional buildings to create an authentic 1880s setting.

    The Rio Grande River and the Tesuque and Nambe areas were the settings
    for some of the film's action packed chases.

    The Midnight Star Saloon was purchased some time around 2001
    and moved to Melody Ranch Studio in California, where it can now be seen in its western town.

    Most of Rosanna Arquette' s scenes apparently ended up on the cutting room floor,
    including what was implied as a romance with Kevin Kline's character, Paden.
    For an actress with little screen time, she received very high billing in the opening credits.

    Despite the notorious financial and critical failure of the epic western
    Heaven's Gate (1980), within five years Hollywood had produced
    a new mini-cycle of westerns.
    In 1985, in addition to this film, there was Pale Rider (1985),
    Lust in the Dust (1985), and Rustlers' Rhapsody (1985), then ¡Three Amigos! (1986)
    followed the next year.

    Second of six cinema movie collaborations [to date, September 2015]
    of actor Kevin Kline and director Lawrence Kasdan.
    The films include Silverado (1985), Grand Canyon (1991), French Kiss (1995),
    The Big Chill (1983), Darling Companion (2012) and I Love You to Death (1990).

    Three of the movie's lead actors had been previously cast in Lawrence Kasdan's
    earlier film The Big Chill (1983), they being Kevin Kline, Jeff Goldblum,
    and Kevin Costner. However, the latter's scenes all got deleted,
    so only two of them appeared in the final cut of The Big Chill (1983), but all three appear in Silverado (1985). Actress Patricia Gaul also appeared in both pictures in minor roles.

    The principal photography period on this film's production ran for
    approximately ninety-six days.

    With a cast and crew of 204, Silverado was scheduled to shoot for only sixty-six days,
    entirely on location in and around Santa Fe, New Mexico, it being the oldest capital
    and second oldest city in the United States of America.

    The picture began principal photography on 26th November 1984 after four weeks of rehearsals.

    The third theatrical feature film directed by Lawrence Kasdan.

    One of numerous collaborations of editor Carol Littleton and writer-director Lawrence Kasdan.

    The movie's closing credits declare that the picture was "filmed entirely on location in New Mexico".

    Debut theatrical feature film of actor Jeff Fahey.

    The picture was nominated for two Academy Awards - for Best Sound and Best Original
    - but failed to win an Oscar in either category.

    With a cast of 54, plus 500 extras, the enormous task of designing and preparing
    costumes fell to costume designer Kristi Zea and her staff of four.
    Through extensive research and conferences with director Lawrence Kasdan,
    Zea and her talented team created distinctly different silhouettes,
    especially for the four heroes, to make them instantly identifiable on screen.

    First of two westerns of director Lawrence Kasdan, whose second would be Wyatt Earp (1994).
    Both movies starred Kevin Costner, and were made nine years apart.

    The nickname of Calvin Stanhope (Jeff Goldblum) was "Slick".

    Actress Meg Kasdan said that when she, the barmaid in the scene
    where Mal comes in to get a drink and a bed, and her two sons
    who play young kids who each had one line like their
    appear briefly in this film and also in The Big Chill (1983),
    it was their way of "sending a postcard" to friends and family
    to show them how they were doing.

    The picture features a natural landscape environment as a key setting,
    which has been the trademark of such Lawrence Kasdan written
    and/or directed movies such as Silverado (1985), Wyatt Earp (1994),
    Darling Companion (2012), Grand Canyon (1991), Continental Divide (1981),
    and Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).

    First of three films to co-star Kevin Kline and John Cleese.
    They would also work together in "A Fish Called Wanda" and "Fierce Creatures".
    Interestingly too, John Cleese took over Kevin Kline's role as the Police commissioner
    in Steve Martin's "Pink Panther" film series.

    The cast included one actor and one actress, who have won Best Supporting Acting Academy Awards.
    Kevin Kline for A Fish Called Wanda (1988), and Linda Hunt for
    The Year of Living Dangerously (1982).

    Following completion of principal photography, editor Carol Littleton and director
    Lawrence Kasdan moved to Los Angeles to complete the film's post-production.

    Two of the movie's lead cast were first named "Kevin" -
    they being actors Kevin Kline and Kevin Costner.

    Tent Rocks, Pecos River and Ghost Ranch offered the varied terrains, such as desert,
    meadows and rocky inclines, necessary for some of the film's more panoramic scenes
    created by director of photography John Bailey.

    In the final scene, Cobb is standing in front of the desert ,
    which looks like the abyss.
    Paden is standing in front of the church. Classic good versus evil.

    After the duel between Cobb and Paden and in the final scene, a 50-star US flag
    is visible hanging in front of a building.
    In the 1880s, this should have been a 38-star flag.

    'Float' glass is used in window glazing throughout the film,
    a flatter more uniform glass made in large sheets by a modern industrial rolling process
    not available at the time. Glass used in 1880 Silverado should be wavy 'cylinder'
    glass of the period. Cylinder glass was made by hand blowing glass into cylinders
    which are then cut down the side in a straight line when cooled,
    reheated and flattened out into small panes with noticeably irregular surfaces.

    The movie is set in the early 1880s. When the settlers open their cash box
    to show Baxter and Hawley the money they've been promised to escort the settlers
    to Silverado, we see the 1886 Martha Washington $1 silver certificate,
    the 1917 George Washington $1 legal tender note, the 1907 (or 1922)
    Michael Hillegas $10 gold certificate, and the 1907 Andrew Jackson $5 legal tender note.
    The 1917 Washington $1 is distinguishable from other issues by two indicators:
    the small red seal on the left, and the serial number below the seal,
    which is not in a dark gray box. The 1907 Jackson $5 is distinguishable
    from other issues by two indicators: the small red seal on the right,
    and the small red Roman Numeral V on the left. The 1907 (or 1922)
    Michael Hillegas $10 gold certificate is distinguishable from the
    1922 Ulysses Grant $50 gold certificate by the shape of the white shirt
    in the portrait at center, and by the lower-right corner border around the encircled number.

    Pane glass is shown being used throughout the film.
    However, this wasn't available in large quantities until the early 20th century
    20-30 after the setting the of the film.
    Any glass used in Silverado should be wave type of glass.

    Paden's horse changes as they ride away from Turley with the posse in pursuit.
    At first it has a white star on its forehead, but later it has a white stripe
    the length of its nose.

    When Jake exits the saloon and shoots two bad guys simultaneously, the pistol
    in his right hand is clearly pointed at the ground when it is discharged,
    the muzzle blast and smoke follow a trajectory at a downward angle toward Tyree's boots.
    Today they could have easily fixed this problem if had they used a
    non-firing replica weapon and added the muzzle flash and smoke plume as a visual effect in post.
    All the VFX editor would have to do is wait a fraction of a second longer
    in Jake's draw as the pistol came to level before adding the gunshot effects.

    During the showdown in Silverado, Emmett is shot in his right leg,
    in a spot visible from most angles.
    After racing the horse to another end of town, and killing him,
    there is a shot of Emmett on the horse where you can see almost his entire right leg,
    and no bullet hole is visible, either in his leg or pants.

    Jake's paint horse changes throughout the movie.
    There are at least three paints that he uses.
    When the little boy is rescued by Jake and Emmett, the horse's rump coloring changes
    from the time the little boy looks down to Jake and when he jumps from the roof top
    to land on the horse.

    In most scenes, the breath of the actors and the horses is not seen even though
    it is supposed to be in the winter.

    When Emmet is caught by the deputies, the second lasso catches him around the ankles.
    In the next shot, this rope is up around his thighs and his feet are free,
    and then in the next shot the rope is back around his ankles.

    The gallows in Turley, when on fire; in the latter scene the flames are a
    lot less intense than the previous scene, and there is less damage to the gallows
    in the latter scene.

    During the final showdown we see shadows from the buildings on the left,
    but in the next shot there are no shadows at all.

    In the final conflict scene when Jake is riding bareback on his Pinto
    into town to confront his nemesis, his reins are tied in a knot.
    When he arrives at the hitching post in town, however, the reins are draped loosely
    over the Pinto's back.

    There are numerous errors where snow is visible and snow is not visible.

    While saving Augie from McKendrick's ranch, when Emmett jumps through the window,
    the gun of the bad guy holding Augie isn't cocked. When the camera angle changes,
    and Emmett shoots him, his gun is now cocked.

    When Slick looks for Rae and discovers Stella's secret hideout,
    he runs to it and looks out towards the street in front of the tavern.
    You can still see people walking around, even though everyone cleared the streets
    when they heard a shootout was about to occur.

    As Rae is coming down the stairs to talk to Mal when they see each other for the first time,
    her dress has a ruffle across her shoulders, flapping in the breeze.
    She talks to Mal and the camera cuts between them,and also has a side view.
    When the camera cuts back to her, the ruffle is neatly tucked into her shawl
    without her having adjusted her shawl at all.

    When Paden shoots Cobb, the wide angle view shows Cobb starting to spin to his left.
    In the solo shot immediately after that, in addition to a pause that should
    not be shown as Cobb reacts to the bullet hitting, he spins the other direction before falling.

    Crew or equipment visible
    In the saloon in Turley, there is a shadow in the doorway behind the bar of the actor
    playing the saloon keeper waiting for his cue. He comes out to confront Mal.

    Factual errors
    Making his escape from the jail Danny Glover's character throws a knife
    with his thick arm stuck through the bars and kills the deputy instantaneously
    with a deeply penetrating knife wound to the chest.
    he throw angle has been cheated to make it look like he has room to freely throw
    the knife making the throw trajectory nearly parallel to the jail cell bars
    when in reality the entrance door the the deputy enters the room through
    is directly opposite, perpendicular to Glover's position in his cell.
    Glover couldn't have drawn his arm back far enough to impart much force to the big knife.
    The knife would have had to been thrown with great force in order to break
    or slice through the bone of the deputy's rib cage/sternum and penetrate deeply enough
    into the heart or lungs to inflict a fatal wound.
    This type of wound isn't instantly fatal as portrayed, exsanguination would take minutes,
    the deputy would not hit the floor instantaneously upon impact of the knife.
    He would be animate, still breathing and writhing until eventually
    losing consciousness from blood loss or drowning from blood accumulating in the lungs.

    If Jake and Emmitt have the last name of Hollis, why do his sister,
    brother-in-law, and little Augie also use the last name of Hollis?

    The story takes place in the winter, and in the mountains (snow on the ground)
    so why are the women wearing sleeveless tops?

    Revealing mistakes
    Emmett is left handed throughout the movie.
    In the shootout at the end he has the gun in his left hand and the very next scene
    he gets shot in the right leg and his gun drops out of his right hand
    instead of being in the left hand where it was prior.

    When Mal stabs Slick rescuing Rae in the shed, the rifle shown leaning up
    against the wall is not a Henry. (Note side feed port). A Winchester.

    After saving the wagon trains money from the gang in the canyon, Emmet,
    Paden and Mal are sitting on horseback talking as the wagon train moves
    from right to left behind them.
    One wagon can be seen with the wagon tongue clearly broken and being dragged behind the lead team. The only way the team is attached to the wagon is by the reins in the drivers hands.

    Memorable Quotes

    Filming Locations
    White Rock, New Mexico, USA (opening scene)
    Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA
    Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico, USA
    Abiquiu, New Mexico, USA
    Cook Ranch, Galisteo, New Mexico, USA
    Eaves Movie Ranch - 105 Rancho Alegre Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
    Galisteo, New Mexico, USA
    Nambe, New Mexico, USA
    White Rock Overlook, Black Mesa, New Mexico, USA
    Bonanza Creek Ranch - 15 Bonanza Creek Lane, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
    Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico, USA
    Tent Rocks, Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico, USA

    Best Wishes
    London- England

    Edited 2 times, last by ethanedwards ().

  • Silverado is a 1985 American western film produced and directed by Lawrence Kasdan,
    written by Kasdan and his brother Mark.
    It stars Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn, Danny Glover and Kevin Costner.
    The supporting cast features Brian Dennehy, Rosanna Arquette, John Cleese, Jeff Goldblum and Linda Hunt.

    The film was produced by Columbia Pictures and Delphi III Productions,
    and distributed to theatres by Columbia, and by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment for home media.
    The original soundtrack, with a score composed by Bruce Broughton, was released by Geffen Records.
    On November 12, 2005, an expanded two-disc version of the score was released by the Intrada Records label.

    Silverado premiered in the United States on July 12, 1985.
    It grossed $32,192,570 at the box office, recouping its $23 million production budget.
    Through an 11-week run, the film was shown at 1,190 theaters at its widest release.

    Generally met with positive critical reviews,
    it was nominated for Best Sound and Best Original Score at the Academy Awards.

    User Review

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    2 June 2004 | by Ben Burgraff (cariart) (Las Vegas, Nevada)

    Best Wishes
    London- England

  • This film was shown on our tv a while back and I finally took the time today to watch it. I honestly cannot remember if I ever saw this one before but I really, really enjoyed it. Very entertaining and enjoyable. Will keep this one on my digi-box for a while so I can watch again.

  • Come on, Kevin, really? How have you never watched this film? lol. Do yourself a favor and watch it soon. You won't be sorry.


    "I couldn't go to sleep at night if the director didn't call 'cut'. "