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The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James (1986)

This movie looks at the last years (not days, as implied in the title) of famous outlaws, Frank and Jesse James. The film opens in 1877 with the brothers trying to settle down after 15 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Allan Coe ...
Mother James
Ed Bruce ...
Maj. Edwards
Darrell Wilks ...
Zee (as Margaret Gibson)
James Sinclair
Cherie Elledge-Grapes ...
Peter Bradshaw
Squire Earthman
Jack Barlow ...
Uncle George Hite


This movie looks at the last years (not days, as implied in the title) of famous outlaws, Frank and Jesse James. The film opens in 1877 with the brothers trying to settle down after 15 years of thievery. Frank is shown to be a book-loving and family-oriented man, while brother Jesse is a money-hungry womanizer. The movie follows their lives through Jesse's death at the hands of the "rotten little coward" Bob Ford and Frank's death in 1915. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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17 February 1986 (USA)  »

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Die letzten Tage von Frank und Jesse James  »

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Did You Know?


The film features three of the four members of the country music super-group "The Highwaymen": Johnny Cash, 'Kris Kristofferson', and Willie Nelson. The only one not featured was Waylon Jennings. See more »


The opening minutes are set in early April 1882 in Missouri. As Jesse James walks to his house, the street and yards are covered in dead leaves and nearby tree branches are mostly, but not quite completely, bare. The scene was likely filmed in the autumn months (of 1985). See more »


Frank James: What's so funny?
Jesse James: You, ya jack ass.
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GREATEST Jesse James Movie Ever Made!
15 September 2005 | by (southwestern Arizona) – See all my reviews

This is, undoubtedly, the Greatest Jesse James movie ever made by Hollywood. By that I am referring to historical accuracy and not necessarily anything else. I was amazed at how they continued to stick to the historical data with only a few, and very few, changes for the purpose of "drama." Also, Cash and Kris made a great two-some of the James brothers. I've seen Cash in some other movies he made but this was his best ever. He had me believing he really was Frank James. And Kris is almost always good in his movies. And he made a fantastic Jesse James.

The movie plot deals with the final days--1877 to 1892--of the James brothers and the events that shaped and molded their lives. It goes an extra ten years after Jesse was murdered by the slime bucket coward "whose name does not deserve to even appear here!" And shows clear up to the day when the back-shootin' little gutter snipe was blown into hell by an American hero named Ed Kelly in Crede, Colorado. Certainly it could not have happened to a better piece of white trash.

We are all waiting to see what Brad Pitt can do. Now I am convinced he will really have to be FABULOUS to beat these two actors and, although I think he is a wonderful actor, I'm not sure he can even come close to The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James.

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