Ride with the Devil (I) (1999)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance, War  |  5 November 1999 (UK)
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Jake Roedel and Jack Bull Chiles are friends in Missouri when the Civil War starts. Women and Blacks have few rights. Jack Bull's dad is killed by Union soldiers, so the young men join the ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy W. Auman ...
Guard (as Scott C. Sener)
Glenn Q. Pierce ...
Kathleen Warfel ...
Mrs. Chiles
Asa Chiles
Zan McLeod ...
Wedding Musician - Guitar
John Whelan ...
Wedding Musician - Accordion
Roger Landes ...
Wedding Musician - Mandolin
Jeffrey Dover ...
Wedding Musician - Drummer
Tyler Johnson ...
Wedding Musician - Drummer
Kelly Werts ...
Wedding Musician - Fiddle
Michael W. Nash ...
Horton Lee, Sr.
John Judd ...
Otto Roedel


Jake Roedel and Jack Bull Chiles are friends in Missouri when the Civil War starts. Women and Blacks have few rights. Jack Bull's dad is killed by Union soldiers, so the young men join the Bushwhackers, irregulars loyal to the South. One is a Black man, Daniel Holt, beholden to the man who bought his freedom. They skirmish then spend long hours hiding. Sue Lee, a young widow, brings them food. She and Jack Bull become lovers, and when he's grievously wounded, Jake escorts her south to a safe farm. The Bushwhackers, led by men set on revenge, make a raid into Kansas. At 19, Jake is ill at ease with war. As his friends die one after another, he must decide where honor lies. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | Romance | War | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic war violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 November 1999 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Civil War  »

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Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£100,722 (UK) (5 November 1999)


SGD 9,103 (Singapore) (4 August 2000)

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to Jewel Kilcher, director Ang Lee cast her as Sue mainly because of her crooked teeth, which he thought looked like the teeth a poor woman living in the 1860s would have. See more »


Civil-war era skirts did not have even one in-seam pocket, let alone two. Fancy Chatelaines were used to hold purses and other items by the wealthier women, and the poorer classes made do with cloth pockets suspended from a strap that was pinned to the waistband. Flat surface pockets came in after the closing of the civil war. See more »


[first lines]
Title Card: On the western frontier of Missouri, the American Civil War was fought not by armies, but by neighbors. Informal gangs of local southern Bushwhackers fought a bloody and desperate guerrilla war against the occupying Union Army and pro-Union Jayhawkers.
Title Card: Allegiance to either side was dangerous. But it was more dangerous still to find oneself caught in the middle.
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Referenced in The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) See more »


Miss McLeod's Reel
Performed by John Whelan, Kelly Werts, Roger Landes, and Jeffrey Dover (as Jeff Dover)
Produced by Alex Steyermark
With thanks to Connie Dover
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Intriguing movie
6 February 2005 | by (Calgary AB Canada) – See all my reviews

As someone interested in 19th century American history I had to get this movie on DVD. It took forever to arrive but was well worth the wait..... I think. The qualification is added because I found it ... odd. Appparently accurate, literate, well acted but most of all unpredictable. I shall resist the temptation to write "spoilers" but suffice it to say there were more obvious "Hollywood" ways of dealing with many of the plot twists. Put another way, this movie is very well written. As "Gods and Generals" dealt with this horrible war at the level of general officers, this movie deals with it at the level of privates and irregulars. Is it too much of a soap opera? Not really. Is it unsatisfying in its dealing with evil? No, but it is unexpected. Is this a great movie? I don't know, but it is a good one.

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