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 »
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
Although Nicholas Ray was initially reluctant to remake the 1939 film, he became intrigued by the idea of casting Elvis Presley - whom he thought had the potential to be "a new James Dean" - as Jesse James. After he had signed his contract, it became speedily clear that the studio had always intended to cast Robert Wagner, who was under contract and being built by the studio into a star. However, Ray did have his way in casting Hope Lange as James's wife - the studio had wanted Joanne Woodward. See more »
'As the rewards go higher, your friends grow fewer.'
As an actor, Robert Wagner has shown remarkable staying power, especially when one considers that his success in the cinema was effected almost entirely through his dark, boyish good looks
In "The True Story of Jesse James", Robert Wagner (Jesse) is proud of his name His name means something, especially when those Yankee bankers hear it, they start shaking Jesse James was the shooting spokesman for everyone whose life was quietly desperate To ones, he was a thief To others he was already becoming a legend, one that kindles a fire in their hearts
Jesse has planned the very last robbery perfectly to make enough money to retire on But in spite that he never struck a bank in Northfield, the Minnesota banks were anxiously waiting for him So something went wrong
Mrs. Samuel (Agnes Moorehead) recalls the past The Yankees came riding down on her farm, and her neighbors dragged her out of the kitchen Her elder son Frank (Jeffrey Hunter) was fighting for the South The State of Missouri has taken sides with the North Any man from this state who joins the South was considered a traitor
For Zee (Hope Lange), Jesse had a dream for the future But that night, his neighbors, who were Northern sympathizers, broke his reverie
All begins when the war has sapped the two brothers and their friends bone-dry Every bank in the state of Missouri was owned by a Yankee man who hates their hide and wants them to get out Those banks have got a lot of Northern money rolling in Jesse wanted one or two robberies to get enough money to leave for his mother, for his sweetheart, for protecting the farm But then he becomes addicted to the exciting life of robbing banks and trains
The filmwell paced by director Nicholas Raywas beautifully acted by all its stars
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