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The True Story of Jesse James (1957)

Approved | | Action, Biography, Crime | February 1957 (USA)
The last eighteen years in the life of Jesse James, showing his home life in Missouri, his experiences with Quantrill's raiders, his career of banditry with his brother Frank and the ... See full summary »

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The last eighteen years in the life of Jesse James, showing his home life in Missouri, his experiences with Quantrill's raiders, his career of banditry with his brother Frank and the Younger brothers, and his attempt to lead a peaceful life after the disastrous attempt to rob the bank at Northfield, Minn. Written by Anonymous

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Footage from the original 1939 production was used when Frank and Jesse go over a cliff on horseback into a river and when they crashed, on horseback, through a store window during the "Northfield Minnesota Raid." See more »

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In the beginning of the movie the sheriff and his men wait to attack the James gang do to heavy rain. Once the rain stops the posse proceeds by crossing a bridge over a completely dry, dusty stream bed and dirt road. See more »

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The truest Jesse?
14 September 2005 | by (S. Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Nicholas Ray' s objective in this film was to tell the true story of Jesse James, since so many other films were made where facts and characters were changed. He achieved this objective, not only with the facts but with the characters. If I had to choose how to portray Jesse James more like I would imagine him to be in real life, it would be not like a hero but as a man looking for survival, glory and who did not think twice before killing. Robert Wagner is an excellent Jesse also Jeffrey Hunter as Frank and so is Alan Hale Jr. as Cole Younger. From photos I have seen Hale Jr. and Younger had the same physical type. The film starts at the turning point for the James gang, Northfield, Minnesota and there are many flashbacks to tell the story. There is a good comic moment when both Cole Younger and Jesse act like Robin Hood to an old woman. When Hope Lange(Zee) says that all Jesse wanted was to give a good life to his family, it inspires a lot of thinking. Nicholas Ray did not apply himself too much in making this film, he kind of neglected it, because he didn't really get his way with the producers. Even though, it came out OK, but it pales in comparison with "The Assassination of Jesse James by the coward Robert Ford".


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