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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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Although John Younger is portrayed as a cousin of the Youngers, he was a brother. See more »

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When the wagon trains and horses are shown riding down the street in Northfield, Minnesota before the bank robbery, the clacking of horses' hooves can be heard (the sound they make when walking on pavement or concrete) even though they're walking on dirt. See more »

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Jim Younger: [before the Northfield Raid] Maybe we need to send a couple of people down there and look things over before we just ride in there.
Jesse James: Clell's already scouted it out. What's wrong with you, Jim? Talkin' soft is something I'd expect from Cole or Frank.
Cole Younger: I gave up tryin' to talk sense to you a long time ago, Jesse.
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Hold to God's Unchanging Hand
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Music traditional
Arranged by Ry Cooder
Original lyrics by Franklin L. Eiland
Sung a cappella by the minister at a funeral
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The True Story
11 November 2004 | by (Salt Lake City, Utah, USA) – See all my reviews

I know, calling it "the true story" is a bit much for any film, but I have my reasons. There have been dozens of films about Jesse James, before this one and since, but as a history buff I choose this one as my favorite. Most movies on the subject either make Jesse a misunderstood hero or the villainous target of some (usually fictional) lawman. This movie was called "revisionist" by some critics when it was released, but the great thing about it is that it just tells the story. It uses a series of lovely little vignettes, each one of them historically verifiable. There are failings, to my mind the slow-motion shootout being the biggest, but on the whole it captures the feel of the period, the dress, the idioms ("I would toss the shotgun away!"), pretty much everything. It doesn't make them good guys, far from it, but it does take pains to show why their neighbors loved them and hated the pinkertons.

Not the best western ever, by a long shot, but almost certainly the best movie on the subject.


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