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  • Manufacturer: MGM
  • UPC #883904243052
  • Model #M124305

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    (Manufacturer # M124305 )

    Plot
      The hook in Walter Hill's mythic retelling of the James-Younger outlaw legend is in the casting; the James, Younger, Miller, and Ford Brothers are played by a string of acting brothers, the Keachs, the Carradines, the Quaids and the Guests. The film begins as outlaws are robbing a bank. After the robbery, Ed Miller (Dennis Quaid) finds himself kicked out of the gang for needlessly killing a man during the robbery. Jesse James (James Keach) hands over Ed's share of the money and tells him to leave, a feeling held mutually by Ed's brother Clell (Randy Quaid). After the killing the gang decides to split up for awhile. The James boys return to their wives and farms, while Cole Younger (David Carradine) travels to Texas with his prostitute girlfriend Belle Starr (Pamela Reed). After the brief respite, the gang reunites to rob a well-stocked bank in Northfield, Minnesota. The robbery turns out disastrously, with most of the gang either wounded or dying. The James boys are the only ones not seriously hurt, and they leave the rest of the gang behind, escaping while they can. After the James boys leave, the remnants of the gang are captured. But trailing the Jameses is a relentless posse. Frank and Jesse manage to keep one step ahead until the Ford brothers (Christopher Guest and Nicholas Guest) make a deal with the Pinkerton detectives trailing the outlaws. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi
    Movie Type
      Western
    Movie Level Themes
      Sheriffs and Outlaws, Obsessive Quests, Bank Robbery
    Movie Level Tones
      Tense, Visceral, Rousing, Sweeping, Atmospheric
    Awards
    • 1980--Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Ry Cooder-Winner
    AMG Rating

    Review

      Walter Hill's colorful account of the waning days of the James-Younger gang has its moments but doesn't make much of an impact. The film tracks the four sets of brothers who formed the gang through their final period together, concluding with the fateful Northfield, MN, raid. Hill's gimmick of using actual brothers to play the characters is amusing for the first five minutes, but once the novelty wears off, a sense of detachment sets in. The director, while far more knowledgeable historically than many of his predecessors with this material, has opted for a neutral approach to the story with minimal characterization and the result is largely uninvolving. Nonetheless, as is usually the case with Hill, the art direction is excellent and the details of the period carefully observed. Ric Waite's camera work is often spectacular, and the editing of the Northfield robbery is superb. Given how little the cast has to work with, the acting is also top-notch, particularly James Keach as Jesse James, David Carradine as Cole Younger, and Pamela Reed as his prostitute/girlfriend, Belle Starr. ~ Michael Costello, Rovi


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