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17 August 2001 (USA) See more »
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When a Midwest town learns that a corrupt railroad baron has captured the deeds to their homesteads without their knowledge... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Colin Farrell ... Jesse James

Scott Caan ... Cole Younger

Ali Larter ... Zerelda 'Zee' Mimms

Gabriel Macht ... Frank James

Gregory Smith ... Jim Younger

Harris Yulin ... Thaddeus Rains, President Rock Northern Rail Road

Kathy Bates ... Ma James

Timothy Dalton ... Allan Pinkerton

Will McCormack ... Bob Younger

Ronny Cox ... Doc Mimms, Zee's Dad

Terry O'Quinn ... Rollin H. Parker - Rains' Gopher

Nathaniel Arcand ... Comanche Tom

Ty O'Neal ... Clell Miller

Joe Stevens ... Loni Packwood

Barry Tubb ... Captain Malcolm

Jack Watkins ... Detective
Tom Schuster ... Union Officer
Lee Ritchey ... Bank Manager
Robin Christian-McNair ... Woman (as Robin Christian)
Ed Geldart ... Old Man Tucker (Outside Bank)

Brad Leland ... Sheriff
Craig Erickson ... Deputy
Mark Walters ... Engineer

Michael Costello ... Senator
Jack Gould ... Head Teller

Morgana Shaw ... Lyla

Brady Coleman ... Driver

Richard Andrew Jones ... Pastor (as Richard Jones)
Steven Bland ... Man (as Steven 'Dooky' Bland)
Jerry Cotton ... Teller

Muse Watson ... Burly Detective
Lane Thomas Wilson ... Boy Soldier
Ron Hayden ... Union Lieutenant

Darryl Cox ... Jenkins
Riley Flynn ... Union commander
Joe Brown ... Pinkerton Commander

Shawn Patrick Nash ... Hangman
Jessica M.E. Nitsch ... Loni's girl (as Jessica M-E Nitsch)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Johnny Bartee ... Guitarist (uncredited)
Big Skinny Brown ... Harlan (uncredited)

Pei-San Brown ... Saloon Girl (uncredited)

Anne Carr ... Gang horse rider (uncredited)
Steve Crawford ... Troublemaker (uncredited)

Frank G. Curcio ... Hold-up Victim (uncredited)
Lisa Del Dotto ... Townsperson (uncredited)
Susan E. Denison ... Disappointed Girl (uncredited)

Jeremy Denzlinger ... Hyperion Townsman (uncredited)
Troy Dillinger ... Pinkerton / Sniper (uncredited)
Charles E. Gray ... Banker (uncredited)
Kirk Hunter ... Townsfolk (uncredited)

David Jachin Kelley ... Sharpshooter (uncredited)

Frank Matthews ... Pinkerton Detective (uncredited)
Rana Morrison ... Horserider / Passenger on Train (uncredited)
Philip Olivas ... Townsfolk (uncredited)
Marvin Schroeder ... Pinkerton Man (uncredited)
Michael L Strange ... Reenactor (uncredited)

Chris Warner ... Railroad Worker (uncredited)

Gena West ... Townsfolk (uncredited)

Paul Wright ... Civil War Veteran (uncredited)

Directed by
Les Mayfield 
Writing credits
Roderick Taylor (story)

Roderick Taylor (screenplay) and
John Rogers (screenplay)

Produced by
Bill Gerber .... producer
Wayne Morris .... co-producer
David C. Robinson .... co-producer
James G. Robinson .... producer
Art Schaefer .... co-producer (as Art Schaeffer)
Jonathan A. Zimbert .... executive producer
Original Music by
Trevor Rabin 
Cinematography by
Russell Boyd 
Film Editing by
Michael Tronick 
Casting by
Pam Dixon  (as Pam Dixon Mickelson)
Production Design by
John Frick 
Cary White 
Set Decoration by
Barbara Haberecht 
Costume Design by
Luke Reichle 
Makeup Department
Ron Berkeley .... key makeup artist
Leo Corey Castellano .... makeup artist
Melissa Forney .... key hair stylist
Taylor Knight .... key hair stylist
Taylor Knight .... makeup department head
Darylin Nagy .... makeup artist
Stephen B. Robinson .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Daniel R. Chavez .... executive in charge of post production
Wayne Morris .... unit production manager
Angel Pine .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Cass Jr. .... assistant director: second unit
Stephen Lee Davis .... second assistant director
Phil Hardage .... assistant director: second unit (as Phillip Hardage)
Terry Leonard .... second unit director
Bruce Moriarty .... first assistant director
Katie Tull .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Steve Allen .... carpenter
Ronn Basquette .... set designer
Jack Colmenero .... set dresser
April Crump .... greensman
Patricia Dillon .... draper
Kelly Farrah .... property master
Ray Giron .... assistant property master (as Dr. Ray Giron)
David Hack .... lead person
Randy Huke .... buyer
Chris M. Jackson .... art department assistant
Robyn Jacobs .... scenic artist
Lynn A. Johanson .... scenic artist
Joe McCusker .... general foreman
John Parker .... on-set dresser
Darren Patnode .... on-set dresser
Shane Patrick .... set dresser
Thomas H. Paul .... set designer (as Thomas H. Pall)
Ricky Riggs .... painter
Charles Seale .... carpenter
Randy Severs .... carpenter
Christopher Stull .... leadman
Michael J. Sullivan .... assistant art director (as Mike Sullivan)
Kara Sutherlin .... stand-by scenic
Tom Ward .... propmaker
Robert K. Weinberger .... construction foreman
Ronnie White .... gang boss
Phillip Williams .... carpenter
Jeri Woodward .... scenic gang boss
Randal Woodward .... lead painter
Ben Zeller .... construction coordinator
Darrin Denlinger .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Christopher S. Aud .... sound effects editor
Benjamin Beardwood .... dialogue editor
Ed Callahan .... sound effects editor
David E. Campbell .... re-recording mixer
Jeffrey Cranford .... assistant sound editor
Pud Cusack .... production sound mixer
Gloria D'Alessandro .... dialogue editor
Thadd Day .... boom operator (sound: second unit)
Terry Garcia .... assistant sound editor
J. Paul Huntsman .... supervising sound editor
David Jobe .... foley mixer
Adam Johnston .... sound effects editor
Mark Johnston .... sound recordist
Linda Lew .... foley recordist
Patricio A. Libenson .... supervising foley editor
Jayme S. Parker .... sound effects editor
John T. Reitz .... re-recording mixer
Gregg Rudloff .... re-recording mixer
Ross Simpson .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Kevin Berve .... special effects assistant
James R. Bilz .... special effects assistant
Thomas Fife .... special effects assistant
David Fletcher .... special effects technician
Thomas Kittle .... special effects technician
Geoffrey C. Martin .... special effects technician
Brian T. McCarty .... special effects assistant
James W. McCormick .... special effects foreman (as J.W. McCormick)
Raymond M. Tasillo .... special effects foreman
Bill Traynor .... special effects
Bob Trevino .... special effects foreman
Keith Urban .... special effects foreman
Bruno Van Zeebroeck .... special effects coordinator
Matt Vogel .... special effects coordinator
Steve Wolf .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Mat Beck .... visual effects supervisor
Brian Bell .... digital artist
Dan Knight .... visual effects artist
Erik Liles .... digital compositor
Matt Linder .... digital compositor
Scott E. Metzger .... 2D artist: Light Matters/Pixel Envy
Colin Strause .... 3D supervisor: Pixel Envy
Greg Strause .... digital effects supervisor (uncredited)
Mark Brooks .... utility stunts
Brian Brown .... stunts
Troy Brown .... action coordinator
Troy Brown .... stunts
William Paul Brown .... stunts (as William T. Brown)
Richard Bucher .... Stunt Double: Will McCormack
Roy Burger .... stunts
James M. Churchman .... stunts
Steve M. Davison .... stunts
Gil Dean .... stunts
Colin Farrell .... stunts
Lance Gilbert .... stunts
Troy Gilbert .... stunts
Tad Griffith .... stunts
Tommy Guy .... stunts
James M. Halty .... stunts
Clifford Happy .... stunts
Lance Haynes .... stunts
Eddie Hice .... stunts
Freddie Hice .... stunt coordinator
Terry Hoffman .... stunts
Tommy J. Huff .... stunts (as Tom Huff)
Randy Johnson .... stunts
Johnny Johnston .... stunts
Krisztian Kery .... stunts
Chuck Lambert .... stunts
Clay M. Lilley .... stunts (as Clay Lilley)
Billy D. Lucas .... stunts
Ryan Marshall .... stunts
Bobby McLaughlin .... stunts
John Meier .... stunts (as John C. Meier)
Norman Mull .... stunts
Shawn Patrick Nash .... stunts (as Shawn Nash)
Casey O'Neill .... stunt double
Casey O'Neill .... stunt double: Colin Farrell
Casey O'Neill .... stunts
James Pratt .... stunts (as Jim Pratt)
Chad Randall .... stunts
Erin Ricotti .... stunts (as Erin Ricotti-Hice)
Pat Ricotti .... stunts
Jason Rodriguez .... stunts
Ronnie Rondell Jr. .... stunts (as Ronny Rondell)
Erik Rondell .... stunts
Debby Lynn Ross .... stunts (as Debby Ross Rondell)
J.P. Schwan .... stunts
Jeff Schwan .... stunts
Olie Smith .... stunts
Ron Stein .... stunts
Michael A. Stephens .... stunts
Sammy Thurman .... stunts
Jeff Wheelis .... stunts
Jerry Wills .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Troy Anderson .... electrician
Marc Andrus .... key grip
Grayson Austin .... Steadicam operator: second unit
Roger Basquette .... video assist operator (as Roger W. Basquette)
Stephen Beasley .... best boy electric: second unit
Buzzy Burwell .... best boy electric
Murray K. Campbell .... gaffer
Cheryl Clarson .... electric: second unit
Peter Clarson .... gaffer: second unit
Bill Coe .... first assistant camera
Theda Cunningham .... second assistant camera: second unit
Steve Drake .... best boy grip
Ian Ellis .... camera operator: second unit
Larry Gianneschi IV .... loader: second unit
Robert Hicks .... grip
Donald R. Howe Jr. .... camera loader (as Don Howe Jr.)
Chip Huntington .... grip
Chip Huntington .... grip: second unit
Alex V. Hurley .... video tape operator: Florida
Edison Jackson .... electrician
Terry Leonard .... director of photography: second unit
Brandon Lott .... additional videographer
Robert McLachlan .... director of photography: second unit
Bobby McMahan .... second assistant camera (as Robert A. McMahan)
Eric Montes .... grip: second unit
P.K. Munson .... first assistant camera: "c" camera (as Peter K. Munson Jr.)
Gene Page .... still photographer: Florida
Eric Pickett .... video assist: second unit
Gabe Proctor .... additional video assist operator
Don Reddy .... camera operator
Van Redin .... still photographer
Donis Rhoden .... key grip: second unit
Mike Sheeren .... dolly grip
Jas Shelton .... electrician
Peter Simonite .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Cara Singleton .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Joshua J. Smith .... camera operator
Louis Smith .... second assistant camera: "a" camera, second unit
Greg Travis .... electrician
Paul Varrieur .... director of photography: second unit
Ralph Watson .... Steadicam operator
Ralph Watson .... camera operator: "b" camera
Sean Wright .... grip
Brown Cooper .... camera operator: "a" camera, second unit (uncredited)
Glenn Dunn .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Debbie Cortez Haber .... extras casting assistant
Richard Futch .... extras casting
Rebecca Rian .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Amy Maner .... costumer
Stanley Moore .... costumer
Meredith Moseley .... costume first hand
Nina Proctor .... costume supervisor
Leeann Radeka .... set costumer
Jessica Royer .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
James Andrykowski .... first assistant editor
Richard Conkling .... assistant editor
David Orr .... color timer
Greg Parsons .... additional editor
Location Management
Leighton Chapman .... assistant location manager
Robbie Friedmann .... location manager
Kelly Kernan .... assistant location manager
Rana Morrison .... location assistance
John K. Patterson .... location scout
Steve White .... location assistant
Arthur J. Miller Jr. .... location scout (uncredited)
Music Department
Marc Bonilla .... composer: additional music
Maureen Crowe .... music supervisor
Will Kaplan .... music editor
Steve Kempster .... score mixer
Steve Kempster .... score producer
Paul Linford .... score producer
Ryan Rabin .... composer: additional music
Matthew Rush Sullivan .... associate music supervisor
Anna D. Wilborn .... assistant music editor
Marc Bonilla .... musician: electric guitar (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Charles Coulter .... driver: construction department
Sam Craytor .... driver: construction
Other crew
Sheila Allen .... production accountant
Peter Atherton .... production assistant: second unit
Toni Atterbury .... unit publicist
Tj Austin .... horse wrangler
Meg Beatty .... production assistant (as Catherine M. Beatty)
David Boysen .... administrator
Mark Brooks .... wrangler
Rob Brown .... office production assistant
Michael Buster .... dialect coach
Cameron Byrd .... production assistant
Anne Carr .... key set medic
Amy Chance .... production coordinator
Shanti Delsarte .... assistant production coordinator
Colin Edlund .... craft service
Rebecca Ewing .... production assistant: second unit
J.R. Flournoy .... assistant re-enactor coordinator
Billy L. 'Butch' Frank .... wrangler
Patricia A. Fullerton .... battlefield supervisor
Patricia A. Fullerton .... script supervisor
Shellie Gillespie .... assistant accountant
Ira Goldklang .... business and legal affairs
Edwin G. Hill .... production assistant
Gail Hunter .... script supervisor
Chris M. Jackson .... production assistant
Monica Kenyon .... set production assistant
Laura King .... unit medic
Clay M. Lilley .... boss wrangler
Sara Mayer .... set production assistant: second unit
Ray Melendez .... assistant: James G. Robinson, Austin
Tim Monich .... dialect coach
Megan Morris .... production assistant
Peggy Robinson .... production assistant
Denyse Rossi .... payroll accountant
Christopher Scull .... office production assistant
Kristal Stephens .... production assistant
Romy Stevenson .... set production assistant
Sharon Vise .... production accountant
Karen Wacker .... production assistant
Kathryn Waters .... script supervisor: second unit
Bonham White .... production assistant
Leigh A. Wilbourn .... assistant production office coordinator
Pamela Williamson .... first assistant accountant (as Pamela S. Williamson)
John Brooks .... set production assistant: second unit (uncredited)
Doug Carter .... additional locations assistant: second unit (uncredited)
Frank Matthews .... stand-in (uncredited)
India Neilan .... set production assistant: second unit (uncredited)
Israel Sanchez .... production assistant (uncredited)
Israel Sanchez .... stand-in (uncredited)
Kelly Stultz .... location accountant (uncredited)

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Rated PG-13 for western violence
94 min
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Did You Know?

In the credits it is mentioned the use of footage from the movie Maverick (1994). It is the short scene of the paddle wheel steamer when Jesse and Zee are getting to Florida.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: During the dance at the farm, a band member plays the banjo, but none is heard. A mandolin is heard, but no one is playing one.See more »
[first lines]
Cole:Gatling! They got a Gatling gun!
Bob:Goddamn it Cole, this stopped bein' fun about two years ago!
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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
It's not good, but it's good fun, 28 August 2001

The legend of Jesse James is one of those stories that people just never seem to get tired of. Every few years, we see a new cinematic version of the life of James, a former Confederate raider who became a folk hero after he turned to banditry following the war. The latest iteration of the story is "American Outlaws", a red-blooded B-style shoot-'em-up that offers little in the way of historical accuracy and even less in the way of storytelling elegance, but does serve up plenty of action and lots of fun.

Jesse (hot Irish newcomer Colin Farrell) makes a name for himself on the battlefields of the Civil War as an unpredictable live wire willing to do anything to get the Yankees. After the war, he and his levelheaded sure-shot brother Frank (Gabriel Macht) return to their home in Liberty, Missouri, only to find the railroad coming through town. The big rail money, backed up by hard-skulled detective Allen Pinkerton (a glowering Timothy Dalton), wants to buy the James farm, but the boys aren't selling. They didn't shed their blood on the battlefields just to give their home over to a railroad. Soon, however, it's back to war when a bomb destroys their farmhouse and the only way to get revenge is to strap on your guns and ride. As they rob railroad payrolls and bedevil the authorities, Jesse, Frank, and their gang get something besides revenge: they become authentic American legends.

It's a story every schoolboy knows. Hell, Bobby Brady was a Jesse James aficionado. Still, it's been a while since we've had a telling of the story, and this one does a fairly good job of keeping us entertained. Les Mayfield is not the obvious choice to direct a western (his most notable previous film was "Encino Man" with Pauly Shore), but he actually does a decent job. He handles the action sequences with flair, particularly a crackerjack bank shootout and Jesse's escape from the rail baron's train. The film's period accoutrements are all present and accounted for, the costumes and guns appropriately impressive, the cinematography by Russell Boyd all vibrant browns and golds.

There are also some nice performances from the mostly young cast. Colin Farrell makes Jesse a likable, oddly sweet kid whose charm is just as deadly as his gun. Scott Caan matches him as the hotheaded Cole Younger (more on him later), and Gabriel Macht is a sensible and solid Frank, his performance the best thing in the film. Ali Larter is nice eye candy as Jesse's lady love, but the story really gives her nothing to do, and while Dalton growls impressively behind a grungy-looking beard, he doesn't really get the chance to do anything evil.

This is where "American Outlaws" starts shooting itself in the foot. There is no real sense of a concrete enemy for the boys to battle, a true and implacable adversary. Harris Yulin blusters and barks as the railroad baron, but he never truly emerges as a figure of loathing. As a result, the film's finale is unfocused and confusing. Pinkerton's final action in particular makes no sense to me at all. Is he just giving a cocky young kid the benefit of the doubt? Is he doing it because Jesse's wife is hot? I don't get it.

"American Outlaws" is a frustrating film in some ways because everything you like is balanced by something that rubs you the wrong way. A great Civil War battle opening is marred by the sparseness of the Union ranks (Mayfield should have called for more extras that day). An appropriately Coplandesque score by Trevor Rabin is almost wholly sabotaged by the inclusion of a Moby song (MOBY!) at both the beginning and the end of the film. It almost makes you want to grab a six-gun yourself and blaze away at the troublemakers, leaving behind only those who are contributing admirably to the enterprise.

Still, I've come to expect the good with the bad this summer, and "American Outlaws" joins "Tomb Raider" and "The Mummy Returns" as a piece of escapism that is better than the critics' comments indicate, but not as good as it probably should be. Still, with these flouncy dull MTV teen comedies STILL dominating the marketplace, it's nice to see someone delivering a good old fashioned genre piece. In these parlous cinematic times, even a problematic western is better than no western at all.

I close with a bit of real history: after they stopped riding with the James boys, Cole Younger and his outlaws kept going, and one time even attempted to rob a farmhouse in their area. The woman of the house got the drop on them, though; she slammed a window on a gang member's hand, costing him two of his fingers. She survived to live a healthy long life, and have children and grandchildren of her own. One of those grandchildren was my grandmother. Someone should put THAT in a movie. It would make me happy.

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