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The Long Riders (1980)

 -  History | Western  -  16 May 1980 (USA)
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The origins, exploits and the ultimate fate of the Jesse James gang is told in a sympathetic portrayal of the bank robbers made up of brothers who begin their legendary bank raids because of revenge.

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The origins, exploits and the ultimate fate of the Jesse James gang is told in a sympathetic portrayal of the bank robbers made up of brothers who begin their legendary bank raids because of of revenge. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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"All the world likes an outlaw. For some damn reason they remember 'em." - Jesse James

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History | Western

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The gentleman bothering Cole Younger (David Carradine) outside the bank just before the shootout is speaking Swedish. He asks (in Swedish) if he can buy Cole's horse, and is refused. After being refused the Swede replies, "A shame. It's a beautiful horse". See more »

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In some of the shots where there are horses pulling a wagon, it is clear that the trails they are on were made by modern vehicles. Clearly if they were wagon trails, the wheel lanes would be smaller and the center of the trail would be torn and scattered from horse's hooves. See more »

Quotes

Engineer: [during a train robbery] Who the hell do you think you are, Jesse James?
Bob Younger: Hell, no! I'm Bob Younger. Jesse James rides with the Youngers. Now, stop the damn train!
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I'm a Good Old Rebel
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Music traditional ("Lily of the West")
Lyrics by Innes Randolph
Played and Sung by a guitarist
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This is my favourite Western
31 January 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Admittedly, the Western is not my favourite movie genre, which is partly why I like this film so much, as to my mind it is unique in several regards. For a start, none of the usual Western icons are present, which I find refreshing. There is no leading man either, no "hero", none of the usual "good guys" fighting the "bad guys" scenario. Another outstanding feature is the unique soundtrack(slide guitar, and traditional tunes), which makes a pleasant change to the usually obligatory orchestral soundtrack for Westerns. This movie is short and sweet and never drags or goes off on a romantic subplot. The slow motion option for the shoot-out scenes was a wise choice and it adds a lot of impact. Even a "minor" detail like the grey dusters worn by all members of the gang serves to enhance the overall aesthetic appeal of the film. The Northfield ambush and escape sequence near the end of the film is compelling and I find myself re-watching that scene repeatedly whenever I watch the movie. And, lastly, I just happen to like the actors David and Keith Carradine, and James and Stacy Keach.


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