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:
John Pearce ...
Wayne Sutherlin ...
Robert H. Harris ...
Jack Manning ...
Bunker (as Elisha Cook)
Mary-Robin Redd ...
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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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An Action-Packed Adventure Capturing the Legacy of the Notorious Jesse James and Cole Younger Gang. See more »




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12 May 1972 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

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 »


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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Little things that mattered then and are forgotten now ........
16 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Honor among thieves is carried to the extreme in "The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid". Showing compassion for victims of corrupt banks, with swift retribution, the gang is still fighting the Civil War in Minnesota. Gradually being overwhelmed by progress, these outlaws look quite out of place. The story is told in a linear fashion, with no annoying flashbacks. Robertson and Duvall are surrounded by a believable supporting cast, that looks the part. My only objection is a couple scenes go on entirely too long, and the film would actually be better off without the interminable baseball scene. Worth seeing for the performances and authentic feel of the movie. - MERK

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