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[[caption-width-right:350:From top-left to bottom: [[TheLancer Paden]], [[TheHero Emmett]], [[TheSmartGuy Mal]], [[TheBigGuy Jake]], and [[TheChick Stella]] (inset)]]

->'''Posse Member:''' Let's go, he ain't hittin' nothin'!
->'''[[Creator/JohnCleese Sheriff Langston]]:''' You idiot, he's hit ''everything he's '''aimed''' at!''
->'''Posse Member:''' Well, they ain't out of our jurisdiction 'til they reach the flattop!
->'''[[Creator/JohnCleese Sheriff Langston]]:''' [''rising in his saddle, until his hat is shot off''] [[GenreSavvy Today, my jurisdiction ends]] ''[[GenreSavvy here]]''.

''Silverado'' is a 1985 [[TheWestern Western]] film that's something of a {{Reconstruction}} of the genre. Released in the theaters July of that year, it was directed by Creator/LawrenceKasdan and starred many well-known (or soon to be well-known) actors, including Creator/KevinKline, Creator/DannyGlover, Scott Glenn, Creator/KevinCostner, Creator/JeffGoldblum, Brian Dennehy and Creator/JohnCleese.

The basic plot: 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.
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!!This film contains examples of:

* TheAce:
** Jake is pretty much an all-around ace; he's the best gunfighter and the best horseman.
** Mal is an ace with a Henry rifle.
* AffablyEvil: Cobb.
* AndYourLittleDogToo: Lampshaded when corrupt town sheriff Cobb indicates to Paden that he'll harm the dwarf female bartender if Paden moves against him, even though Cobb acknowledges she has nothing whatsoever to do with their dispute. He does however know Paden (whom he used to work with when they were robbers) got caught while protecting a wounded dog he'd previously claimed to despise, so figures the threat will make Paden back off. It works at first, but the bartender figures out what's happened and talks Paden into fighting Cobb anyway.
* BigBadDuumvirate: Cobb and [=McKendrick=].
* BillingDisplacement: John Cleese's role is pretty much [[TheCameo a cameo]].
* BookEnds: The first and last words Paden and Cobb say to each other onscreen.
* CatchPhrase: Paden has "Bad luck." Mal has "That ain't right." Jake's half CatchPhrase half RunningGag "All I did was kiss a girl."
* ChaseScene: A horseback high-speed chase between Emmitt and the BigBad during the climax.
* DirtyCop: Cobb as the sheriff.
* CluelessDeputy: See SmartPeoplePlayChess for an example of [[PlayedForLaughs how this is used]].
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: The outlaw Dawson is a hard man to fool; if it weren't for the element of surprise, things could've gone very badly for Emmitt on TheInfiltration.
-->'''Dawson:''' I think there's only a couple of guys up there, and this asshole's one of them!
* DeadpanSnarker: Particularly Paden, Emmitt, and Stella, but everyone gets in a few.
-->'''Paden:''' They just jumped you out of the blue, huh?
-->'''Emmitt:''' I had to get up anyway.
* DeterminedWidow: When introduced, Hannah's a DeterminedHomesteadersWife, but he's TooDumbToLive. An early love interest for Paden, until he meets Stella in the eponymous town.
** She later gets [[ShipTease ship teased]] with Emmitt. [[spoiler: But she's with Paden in his final (and the movie's penultimate) scene.]]
* TheDrifter: Paden
* EvenEvilHasStandards: [=McKendrick=] won't let one of his men kill a boy, even though the boy saw their faces. They opt to kidnap him instead.
* EverythingsBetterWithCows: Yep, nothing like a stampede to disrupt the bad guys while you move in for the kill.
* ExactlyWhatIAimedAt: As a posse is chasing the leads into some hills, several warning shots come from Danny Glover's character, who is hiding somewhere out of sight. As his shots ricochet off nearby rocks and cacti, a deputy says: "Let's go, he ain't hittin' nothin'". This prompts the sheriff, played brilliantly by Creator/JohnCleese, to retort: "You idiot, he's hit everything he's aimed at". [Cue the sheriff's hat getting knocked off by the next shot.]
* FiveManBand:
** Emmet: TheHero
** Paden: TheLancer
** Mal: TheSmartGuy
** Jake: TheBigGuy
** Stella: TheChick
* FriendlyEnemy: Paden and Cobb.
* GrievousBottleyHarm: In your standard bar fight.
* TheGunslinger: All the main characters are gunslingers:
** Paden (Type D) outdraws Cobb in the final battle
** Emmitt (Type A) shoot needles off cactuses
** Mal (Type B) hits ''everything'' he aims at with his rifles.
** Jake (Type D and Type A) shoots two different guys at the same time, in different directions.
* GunsAkimbo: The character of Jake (portrayed by Kevin Costner) is styled in broad strokes. Lightning draws, blind trick shots, horse riding skills and firing two guns at the same time.
* HorsebackHeroism: A BigDamnHeroes moment combined with a horseback PowerWalk towards the BigBad's ranch at the climax.
** Earlier in the movie, Jake is leading a horse through town when his nephew attempts the classic {{Western}} trope of leaping into the saddle.
-->'''Jake:''' Told you, practice on a horse that's not movin'.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Mal is astonishingly accurate with his Henry rifle. Also Emmitt, who picks off [[UpToEleven cactus needles]] at several yards.
* IntheBack: Averted when, after Jake hid in the bar when the bad guys were after him, he sneaks out behind them as they are walking down the two sides while he standing on the corner. He yells, "Hey" and they both spin around on him, just in time for him to plug both of them at the same time.
* TheInfiltration: Part of a hastily-concocted plan to retrieve a stolen [[MacGuffin chest of settlers' valuables]] from some bandits who had themselves [[TheMole posed as wagon train guides]] during the trip to the eponymous town. If it weren't for [[ImprobableAimingSkills Mal]], it would have ended... badly:
-->'''Dawson:''' You bring a posse to my best hideout, and you ask me if I '''''mind'''''?! Mister, I don't know any of those names. You're about to die.
* ItHasBeenAnHonor: Emmitt's "see you around" right before the climactic charge into Silverado.
* JustGotOutOfJail: Emmitt just served five years in prison for killing a man in self defense.
* MissKitty: Stella, "The 'Midnight Star' herself."
* NiceHat: When Paden is introduced, he is lamenting the loss of his black hat with a pretty silver band on it.
* NoodleIncident: When Cobb tells the story of how Paden's reaction to Tyree's KickTheDog moment (actually, he ''shot'' the dog, but that's another trope) got him arrested, Paden's reply ''has'' to be a joke. Either way, how ''did'' he get out of jail?
--> '''Paden:''' It evened out in the end, though. They locked me up. The dog sprung me.
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: Three times. To wit:
** When Paden is introduced, he has been left to die of exposure in the middle of the desert by a group of bandits. None of them are happy to see him.
** Immediately prior to the climax, some {{mook}}s get between Emmitt and any chance of a reload while he's practicing his sharpshooting, and [[MoralEventHorizon trample him repeatedly with horses]]. [[spoiler: Mal treats him for his injuries.]]
* OhCrap: When Paden encounters the bandits from his backstory, he points out whatever it is of his that they currently have on them. None of them say "so what?" presumably because they [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat left him to die of exposure in the desert]].
--> '''Paden:''' You're wearing my hat.
--> [''Bandit slowly reaches for his holster'']
--> '''Paden:''' Your fingers better not be ticklin' my ivory-handled Colt.
* ProfessionalGambler: Slick. "Scuse me, Sheriff, I'm a gambler, lookin' to run [[BlatantLies an honest game]]. Who would I talk to about that?" Paden also talks in gambling metaphors and mutters about bad luck.
* RampJump: Emmitt does one ''on horseback'' towards the end of the ChaseScene, and knocks the BigBad from his horse.
* {{Rancher}}: The BigBad is a CorruptCorporateExecutive version, leading to conflict between him and Mal's dad.
* RetiredGunfighter: Emmitt
* RetiredOutlaw: Paden
-->'''Emmitt:''' [''after Cobb shoots a man for embezzling''] You used to ''ride'' with that guy?
** There are hints at the other three having been less than law abiding in the past.
*** Emmitt and Jake both seem fairly well versed in jail-breaks.
*** Some of the things Mal says about his time in Chicago (not the nicest of places in the 1880's) suggest that he might have been involved in some dubious activities.
*** All four are quite skilled at gunplay and show little hesitation towards killing, although they tend to avoid killing the mostly innocent (compare the jail-break to the rest of the movie).
* TheSheriff: Langston as the (mostly) honest variety, Cobb as the CorruptHick variety.
** Langston is honest, but ''extremely'' strict; and not above changing the law to save his own skin, "Today my jurisdiction ends here."
* ShowdownAtHighNoon: Cobb and Paden, although the time of day is never mentioned.
* StockBritishCharacters: Creator/JohnCleese plays a British Bobby Sheriff in a small frontier town.
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: Sheriff Langston plays chess with himself, showing that he is intelligent and SurroundedByIdiots. He plays with a deputy sitting across the board from him, but turns the board around after each move to play both sides.
* SmugSnake: "Slick," played by Jeff Goldblum.
* [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse What Happened To The]] [[strike: [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse Mouse]]]] [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse Dog]]? Paden is asked repeatedly by his old riding buddies what became of the injured dog that drove him out of banditry. When Stella asks, he says simply, "She left me," jokingly making it sound like the end of a romance, and continuing to evade the question.
* TheWildWest: A reconstruction of classic frontier America during the Wild West era.
* YoungGun: Jake
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