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Director:
Writers:
Bill Bryden (written by) &
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Release Date:
16 May 1980 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
"All the world likes an outlaw. For some damn reason they remember 'em." - Jesse James
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Possibly THE most underrated western of all time... See more (74 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

David Carradine ... Cole Younger

Keith Carradine ... Jim Younger

Robert Carradine ... Bob Younger

James Keach ... Jesse James

Stacy Keach ... Frank James

Dennis Quaid ... Ed Miller

Randy Quaid ... Clell Miller
Kevin Brophy ... John Younger

Harry Carey Jr. ... George Arthur

Christopher Guest ... Charlie Ford

Nicholas Guest ... Bob Ford

Shelby Leverington ... Annie Ralston
Felice Orlandi ... Mr. Reddick

Pamela Reed ... Belle Starr

James Remar ... Sam Starr

Fran Ryan ... Mrs. Samuel

Savannah Smith Boucher ... Zee (as Savannah Smith)
Amy Stryker ... Beth
James Whitmore Jr. ... Mr. Rixley
John Bottoms ... Mortician
West Buchanan ... McCorkindale

Edward Bunker ... Chadwell
Martina Deignan ... Shirley Biggs

Allan Graf ... Bank Customer Graf

Chris Mulkey ... Vernon Biggs
Thomas Myers ... Gallatin Bank Cashier (as Thomas R. Myers)
Marlise Pierrat ... Wilhelmina (as Marlise Pieratt)
Glenn Robards ... Doctor
Tim Rossovich ... Pitts

Lin Shaye ... Kate
Gary Watkins ... Bank Teller Heywood

Peter Jason ... Pinkerton

Duke Stroud ... Pinkerton
Steven Chambers ... Pinkerton (as Steve Chambers)
William Traylor ... Pinkerton
J. Don Ferguson ... Preacher
Hugh McGraw ... Singer
Prentiss Rowe ... Sheriff Rowe (as Prentiss E. Rowe)
Stuart Mossman ... Engineer
Michael Lackey ... Gustavson
Mitch Greenhill ... Guitarist
Bill Bryson ... Banjo Player
Tom Sauber ... Fiddle Player
Jimmy Medearis ... Farmer
Edgar McLeod ... Photographer
Luis Contreras ... Man at the Bar
Kalen Keach ... Little Jesse
R.B. Thrift ... Archie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John Carradine ... (scenes deleted)
Ry Cooder ... Musician (uncredited)

George Miklos ... Clogger #1 (uncredited)
Bill Rampley ... Cowboy / Posse (uncredited)

Directed by
Walter Hill 
 
Writing credits
Bill Bryden (written by) &
Steven Smith (written by) (as Steven Phillip Smith) &
Stacy Keach (written by) (as Stacy) &
James Keach (written by)

Walter Hill  uncredited

Produced by
James Keach .... executive producer
Stacy Keach .... executive producer
Tim Zinnemann .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ry Cooder (music composed by)
 
Cinematography by
Ric Waite (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Freeman A. Davies  (as Freeman Davies)
David Holden 
 
Casting by
Jane Feinberg 
Mike Fenton 
 
Production Design by
Jack T. Collis 
 
Art Direction by
Peter R. Romero  (as Peter Romero)
 
Set Decoration by
Richard C. Goddard  (as Richard Goddard)
 
Costume Design by
Bobbie Mannix 
 
Makeup Department
Michael Germain .... makeup artist
Christine Lee .... hair stylist (as Chris Lee)
 
Production Management
Gene Levy .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Gries .... first assistant director
Mary Lou MacLaury .... second assistant director
Craig R. Baxley .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Joe Acord .... construction coordinator
Johnny Lattanzio .... paint foreman (as John Lattanzio)
Craig Raiche .... property master
 
Sound Department
Gordon Ecker .... supervising sound editor (as Gordon Ecker Jr.)
Robert Fernandez .... dubbing mixer
Les Fresholtz .... dubbing mixer
Stan Gilbert .... dialogue editor
Chris McLaughlin .... production sound
Michael Minkler .... dubbing mixer
Marvin Walowitz .... supervising sound editor: wallaWorks
James E. Webb .... production sound (as James Webb)
Joseph Holsen .... sound editor (uncredited)
Randy Kelley .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Michael Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
John Roesch .... foley artist (uncredited)
Wylie Stateman .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Lawrence J. Cavanaugh .... special effects (as Larry Cavanaugh)
 
Stunts
Craig R. Baxley .... stunt coordinator (as Craig Baxley)
Jim Burk .... stuntman
William H. Burton Jr. .... stuntman (as Billy Burton)
Steven Chambers .... stuntman (as Steve Chambers)
Clifford Happy .... stuntman (as Cliff Happy)
Freddie Hice .... stuntman
Richard Humphreys .... stuntman
Mike H. McGaughy .... stuntman
Jimmy Nickerson .... stuntman
Greg Walker .... stuntman
Steven Burnett .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Leonard .... stunts (uncredited)
Diane Peterson .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sal Camacho .... assistant cameraman
Roger Gebhard .... assistant cameraman
Jim Lucas .... camera operator
Frank Miller .... camera operator
Rick Neff .... camera operator
Harold Rabuse .... key grip
Baird Steptoe .... assistant cameraman
Mel Traxel .... still photographer
Lance Williams .... camera operator
Jim Wuertemburg .... gaffer (as James Wuertemburg)
Paul Hunt .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Paul Jacobsen .... best boy (uncredited)
Jeffrey W. Petersen .... electrician (uncredited)
Brian W. Roy .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tom Bronson .... costume supervisor
Marie Brown .... costumer
Dan Moore .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Lisa Zeno Churgin .... assistant film editor (as Lisa Churgin)
Jill Demby .... associate film editor
Teri E. Dorman .... assistant film editor
Richard Ritchie .... color timer (as Dick Ritchie)
Edward A. Warschilka .... assistant film editor (as Edward A Warschilka Jr.)
Miriam Weeks .... assistant film editor (as Miriam E. Weeks)
 
Music Department
George Bohanon .... musician
Curt Bouterse .... musician
Oscar Brashear .... musician
Bill Bryson .... musician
Ry Cooder .... music arranger
Ry Cooder .... musician
Jim Dickinson .... musician
Mitch Greenhill .... musician
Jim Henrikson .... music editor
Milt Holland .... musician
David Lindley .... musician
Baboo Pierre .... musician
Tom Sauber .... musician
Jim Keltner .... musician: drums (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Ronnie Baker .... transportation coordinator
Bill Hunt .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Sheila Barnes .... assistant: Tim Zinnemann
Jerry Chinn .... craft service
Mary F. Galloway .... location manager (as Mary Galloway)
Sandy King .... script supervisor
Jimmy Medearis .... head wrangler
Dan Perri .... title designer
Bob Roe .... production assistant
Katina Savvidis .... dance choreographer
Art Schaefer .... production accountant
Debby Steele .... assistant: Stacy Keach
Robert Werden .... unit publicist
Mae Woods .... assistant: Walter Hill
Lisbeth Wynn-Owen .... production coordinator
Rodger Jacobs .... research coordinator (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
100 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia:
During the train-ride north, Bob Younger is playing the "Jew's harp", (also known as "jaw harp", "mouth harp", "Ozark harp", "trump", or "juice harp". He is playing a song called "The Wayward Boy", of which Jim Younger is heard singing a few verses.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Belle fires her Derringer pistol and breaks a glass at the bar but the mirror behind it doesn't even crack.See more »
Quotes:
Frank James:[gazing at Wilhelmina across a crowded dance floor] I got a question for you.
Clell Miller:Fire away, Frank. Fire away and fall back.
Frank James:You ever been in love?
Clell Miller:Oh God, yes. It was terrible. An affliction. Really miserable. Nothing but trouble. Drove me crazy.
Frank James:That bad? Really?
Clell Miller:Yes. She was wonderful.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Making of 'Kill Bill: Volume 2' (2004) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Girl I Left Behind MeSee more »

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53 out of 61 people found the following review useful.
Possibly THE most underrated western of all time..., 8 August 2004
Author: Raidar from Basingstoke

Back in the glory days of 1980, Michael Bay was just a fifteen year old lad with a love of movies who would soon begin his enrolment at Wesleyan University. Bryan Singer too was a mere child, probably admiring films like The Long Riders with his buddy Ethan Hawke. It would take a further six years for John Mc Tiernan to carve his name in the Hollywood ladder and John Woo was still finding his directorial roots in Southern China. The man to watch when it came to extremely stylised action was one Walter Hill, the creator of such awesome gun-totting avalanches as Extreme Prejudice, The Warriors and Johnny Handsome. Long since categorised as ‘the' director for choosing style over content, Hill started out his career as a screenwriter. He penned The Getaway for Sam Peckinpah, who was obviously his idol, and in almost all of his movies he adds visual flourishes that are unsubtly reminiscent of Peckinpah's accomplishments. (Check out Extreme Prejudice where Hill almost out Peckinpahs Peckinpah!) Like all of cinema's greatest achievers, Hill had an unbridled love for the western. Over the length of his career, he would return to the genre again and again, giving us offerings that ranged from the large-scale excess of Geronimo: an American legend, to the smaller, but just as historically accurate Wild Bill.

By far the best of his Western work, The Long Riders tells the tale of the James/Younger legacy, a slice of history that has been adapted for the silver screen on countless occasions. Perhaps the film's strongest and most alluring attribute is the fact that the cast contains real life acting siblings in the shape of the Carradines, the Keaches, the Guests and the Quaids as the band of outlaws. It's also one of the finest and most attractively crafted movies of its kind, equally as beautiful as Heaven's Gate and as tirelessly entertaining as Tombstone.

I doubt that fans of the genre will need any introduction to the exploits of Jesse James, so I won't bother to list a plot synopsis. But reportedly, this is one of the more accurate descriptions of the adventures of the infamous anti-establishment crusader. Frankly, if outings like Frank and Jesse and the dismal American Outlaws are anything to go by, it's also one of the best of the colossal bunch.

The thespian brothers hold up their ends with finesse, and without taking anything away from the Keaches who don't fail to entertain from start to finish, one can only wonder how the film could have turned out if Jeff and Beau Bridges would have been available to accept the leads. David Carradine gives a scene stealing performance, making the most of his ‘relationship' with an incredibly sexy Pamela Reed as Belle Shirley. Props are certainly due to Randy Quaid for not over cooking his threats against the singer in the bar scene at the beginning, he comfortably makes those few short lines the best of the whole damn movie. It's a shame that James Keach could never make his star shine brighter on the Hollywood A-list. Even so, he still has one or two great performances to look back on with enough pride to show that he was once a force to be reckoned with on the tinsel-town ladder.

Being as this is a Walter Hill joint, all the flashy trademarks are rooted firmly in place, including the use of his ever-dependable cast alumni such as James Remar. Surprisingly enough, for a director that's famed for his love of stylised violence, there are very few gunfights throughout the runtime, which somehow makes them even more powerful when they do finally occur. The Northfield Minnesota ambush is perhaps one of the greatest shoot-outs of western history, utilising a great use of sound to make each bullet hit home with a stark sense of realism that's almost nightmare inducing. Co-ordinator Craig Baxley should take a bow for his constant but never over-excessive use of jaw dropping stunts. Bodies literally fly through the air with an exquisite force that manages to bring home the impact of a gunshot with adeptness. Long Riders also boats more than its share of accurately realised set locations. But unlike Michael Cimino, Hill never over indulges or looses the plot to period preciseness, so the sheen is never overpowering or unwelcome.

Although Long Riders may not hold the masterpiece status of such often-touted westerns as The Wild Bunch, Unforgiven or even Dances with Wolves, it's still a five star movie. It's superbly acted, impressively casted, flawlessly directed and it boasts some of the greatest music that you're likely to find this side of an opera. Many people often consider Tombstone to be ‘the all time great popcorn western.' Well, I can only presume that's because they haven't actually seen this long forgotten classic slice of storytelling. If you're a fan of the Wild West and you've let this slip you by, then you need to be asking yourself why…

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