|Location: Hwy 1X, Seebe|
|GPS: 51d 6m 31.2s -115d 2m 48.42s|
|Map / Satellite Image: Google Link|
|Scene Name: The Rifle|
[Alternately, from Buffalo Paddock, turn left (west) onto 1A, proceed 8.8 km, turn left (south) onto 1X, go 2.1 km, turn left at the “Seebe” sign, cross the one-lane bridge, and proceed as above.]
The Rifle Scene was originally scripted to address the issues of money and infidelity. Jack’s gift of an expensive firearm illustrates his newfound prosperity and persistence. In rejecting the gift, Ennis underscores the intense financial burdens and family pressures he feels. His rationale, which is rooted in concern over Alma’s reaction, sounds much more like the calculation of a cheating husband than that of a troubled man struggling with “a force of nature.” It is possible that the Rifle Scene was abbreviated because of this emphasis.
Like so many scenes in the film, the Rifle Scene captures much more than it pretends to. True to character, Jack brought a flashy rifle and Ennis brought beans, reviving one of the film’s most memorable symbols. In a meeting of the extraordinary and the plain, confidence encounters fear. Jack suggests, Ennis rejects.
Pictures of surrounding area:
For more pictures taken at this location see
DVD Chapter 12, 01 09 28, 01 09 38.
Revised 24 September 2009