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The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid (1972)

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

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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 West the way it really was! See more »

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Der große Minnesota Überfall  »

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Cliff Robertson replaced Scott Glenn at a late stage. See more »

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When the Younger gang arrives in Northfield, there are automobile tire tracks clearly visible in the muddy street. 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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Hodie Christus - Natus Est
Music by Jan Sweelinck (uncredited)
Performed by St. Olaf's College Choir
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Not as Good as "The Long Riders" (1980) but Certainly Worth a Watch
25 February 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Cut from the Dirty Cloth and Whimsy of its Era, with Echos of "The Wild Bunch" (1969) and "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (1969), Director Hoffman Manages to Make the Film an Enjoyable Romp with Good Acting and a Visual Template that Works as a Time Machine Travel Back when the Future was Not Certain. The Country was in Flux.

There are Many Colorful Details that Make the Movie Interesting and Fun to Watch, but there is also a Goodly Amount of Angst about the Civil War, Social Concerns, and of Course the Rivalry Between Cole Younger and Jesse James. Cliff Robertson is Cole and Robert Duvall is Jesse and They are Surrounded by Some Good Stalwart Western Character Actors.

This Never Quite Attains the Entertainment Value of the Same Story Laid Out in Walter Hill's "The Long Riders" (1980) that Amped Up the Stylization and the Characters Prove More Profound and Engaging. But This One Came First and is Worth a Watch for the Better Parts with its Look More Effective Than its Tone.


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