The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid (1972)

PG  |   |  Western  |  12 May 1972 (Finland)
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The gangs of Jesse James and Cole Younger join forces for a bungled robbery of the bank in Northfield, MN.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Robert H. Harris ...
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In 1876, the Missouri legislature issues a pardon and amnesty to the James and Younger gangs despite many people considering them outlaws. The pardon is because they protected the homesteaders of Clay County against the marauding railroaders, who wouldn't let anyone or anything get in their way of building the railroad where they wanted. However, the railroad companies and banks still consider them outlaws and will take matters into their own hands if they come across the gangs. Prior to the pardon, Cole Younger had contemplated robbing the First National Bank in Northfield, Minnesota - what is considered the largest bank west of the Mississippi - but has now decided against it. Circumstances, including learning that Jesse James and his gang are going ahead with the robbery behind his back, and that the railroaders issuing a war against them which also includes bribing the legislature to revoke the pardon, make Cole change his mind. But right from the start - even during the planning ... Written by Huggo

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The two most famous bandits, Jesse James and Cole Younger join forces in the most daring bank robbery in the history of the West! See more »




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12 May 1972 (Finland)  »

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Der große Minnesota Überfall  »

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One of the prostitutes is Valda Hanson who appeared in several Ed Wood, Jr movies. See more »


The film was shot mostly in Jacksonville, Oregon, whose landscape bears little resemblance to that of Northfield. Many errors result from this, such as the hills outside of town (Northfield is located in relatively flat farm country). See more »


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Narrator: Even before the wounds of the Civil War had healed in Missouri, the railroads came swarming in to steal the land. Everywhere, men from the railroads were driving poor, defenseless families from their homes. And that's when a fresh wind suddenly began to blow. It was other Clay County farmers, the James and Younger boys, coming to the rescue. They tarred and feathered the railroad men and drove them from the land. From that moment onward, they were outlaws. But the people of ...
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A Meandering Mess
8 January 2013 | by See all my reviews

There are two reasons I watched The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid: Robert Duvall and Luke Askew. I like Lucas-Q as a character actor and of course, any Robert Duvall film is working a look. Unfortunately Luke Askew--playing Jim Younger--doesn't have a speaking role and spends the entire film with a cloth over his face to hide a terrible wound. Robert Duvall is adequate but he really chews the curtains in some of the scenes to such a degree it's almost embarrassing to watch. I don't imagine Duvall ever watches this movie. There is some terrible looping of the Pinkerton detective's dialogue, too. Overall, the film suffers from poor writing and budgetary limitations. The greatest drawback is the film doesn't have a position on anything. It sort of meanders around, padded in parts with pointless scenes, until the inevitable (and lackluster) climax and that's about it. Interestingly, one of the prostitutes is played by Valda Hanson, who was one of Ed Wood's stock actors.

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