IMDb > The Long Riders (1980)
The Long Riders
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

The Long Riders (1980) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 26 | slideshow) Videos
The Long Riders -- The most notorious American bandits of the 19th century were very probably the Jesse James/Cole Younger gang. In this unique look at their lives and world, director Walter Hill cast all real-life brothers as the brothers-in-arms. The film concentrates "on familiar rituals--the funeral, the hoe-down, the robbery (a stunning tour de force in slow motion)--Hill pas tribute to such directors as Ford, Hawks, and Ray, emphasizes the mythic aspects of the Western and focuses on the subject of kinship and the land..."(Time Out). As the brothers rob and carouse through the West, pursued by bumbling lawmen, the feel to the viewer is as if he/she were actually there in the unpredictable, unconventional, raw America of the 1870s. Music by Ry Cooder.


User Rating:
7.1/10   6,943 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Popularity: ?
Down 38% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Bill Bryden (written by) &
Steven Smith (written by) ...
View company contact information for The Long Riders on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
16 May 1980 (USA) See more »
"All the world likes an outlaw. For some damn reason they remember 'em." - Jesse James
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 »
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
This is my favourite Western See more (75 total) »


  (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 D. 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
Jaymes Hinkle .... scenic sign painter (uncredited)
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)
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)
Crew verified as complete

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
100 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Argentina:18 (cable rating) | Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:16 | Norway:18 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:15 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (DVD re-rating) (cut) (2013) | USA:R | West Germany:16 (nf)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Stuart Mossman, who played the "Engineer," was a renowned guitar maker and friend of the three Carradine brothers, who all owned Mossman guitars.See more »
Anachronisms: The James gang is seen sitting for a portrait sometime before the Northfield raid in 1876. The photographer uses flash powder, which was not invented until the late 1880s.See more »
Cole Younger:First getting shot, then getting married - bad habits.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Speaking Parts (1989)See more »
Jack of DiamondsSee more »


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
17 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
This is my favourite Western, 31 January 2006
Author: efjay-1 from United Kingdom

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.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (75 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for The Long Riders (1980)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
John Carradine scenes looperz
Possible goof: plastic poker chips??? rshveyda
The only good Jesse James films are... barretta20
bank teller at the end bobadexter
Warts and all! Don't think so! crosseyedsheep
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Jesse James Bandolero! Chisum Love Me Tender Death Rides a Horse
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb History section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.