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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.

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Director:
Writers:
Bill Bryden (written by) &
Steven Smith (written by) ...
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Release Date:
16 May 1980 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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:
'The Long Riders' is a strong contender for the most underrated western of all time. See more (75 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 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)
 
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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
100 min
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When making their escape after Northfield Bank robbery, a rider slams into a tree limb. The cable used to snap the actor back off his horse is visible.See more »
Quotes:
[Rixley is trying to get Ed Miller to inform on the James/Younger gang]
Ed Miller:Let me tell you one damn thing. I turn 'em in and I'm gonna get killed by one of their relatives sure as hell. Now I got six months to go here for bustin' up a place drunk, so I'll just take my chances, all right? Besides, Jesse just might change his mind, and he pays better wages than you do, Pinkerton Man.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Unzipping Body Bags (2013) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Girl I Left Behind MeSee more »

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44 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
'The Long Riders' is a strong contender for the most underrated western of all time., 3 June 2004
Author: Infofreak from Perth, Australia

Walter Hill is surely one of the most underrated American directors of all time. His output since the popular success of '48 Hours' has been variable to say the least, but his run of 'The Driver', 'The Warriors', 'The Long Riders' and 'Southern Comfort' is difficult to beat. Each of those four movies is an overlooked classic, especially 'The Long Riders', which is a strong contender for the most underrated western of all time. The idea of casting real life brothers David, Keith and Robert Carradine and Stacy and James Keach (as well as Randy and Dennis Quaid and Christopher and Nicholas Guest) was an inspired one and really helps make this something special. Stacy Keach (as Frank James) and David Carradine (as Cole Younger) give the two stand out performances. Both of them are superb. David Carradine is finally getting some attention since working with Tarantino on 'Kill Bill'. His career has spanned forty years, and over 120 movies, working with everyone from Martin Scorsese to Ingmar Bergman to Hal Ashby to Robert Altman to (yes) Fred Olen Ray. He has made many (too many) lousy movies but also several very good ones. This could well be his very best role. Stacy Keach is another actor who has made some dubious career choices over the years (eg 'Mountain Of The Cannibal God', 'Class Of 1999') but when he's good he's not only really good, he's GREAT. Just watch him here and in 'Fat City' and 'The Ninth Configuration' and tell me I'm lying. Keach's brother James plays Jessie James and almost steals the movie. I also enjoyed both the Quaid brothers, and the memorable cameo by James Remar, one of the stars of Hill's cult classic 'The Warriors'. The real surprise for me here was Pamela Reed who plays Belle Starr. She's very sexy and tough and acts well, and she and David Carradine display some genuine chemistry. Their scenes together were my favourite moments in the movie. Why Reed never became a big star is difficult to fathom. I highly recommend 'The Long Riders'. It's a great movie and every Western fan should see it.

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