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The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid (1972)

The gangs of Jesse James and Cole Younger join forces for a bungled robbery of the bank in Northfield, Minnesota.

Director:

Philip Kaufman

Writer:

Philip Kaufman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cliff Robertson ... Cole Younger
Robert Duvall ... Jesse James
Luke Askew ... Jim Younger
R.G. Armstrong ... Clell Miller
Dana Elcar ... Allen
Donald Moffat ... Manning
John Pearce John Pearce ... Frank James
Matt Clark ... Bob Younger
Wayne Sutherlin Wayne Sutherlin ... Charley Pitts
Robert H. Harris ... Wilcox
Jack Manning Jack Manning ... Heywood
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Bunker (as Elisha Cook)
Royal Dano ... Gustavson
Mary-Robin Redd Mary-Robin Redd ... Kate
William Callaway ... Calliopist (as Bill Calloway)
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Storyline

In 1876, the Missouri legislature issues a pardon and amnesty to the James and Younger gangs despite many people considering them outlaws. The pardon is because they protected the homesteaders of Clay County against the marauding railroaders, who wouldn't let anyone or anything get in their way of building the railroad where they wanted. However, the railroad companies and banks still consider them outlaws and will take matters into their own hands if they come across the gangs. Prior to the pardon, Cole Younger had contemplated robbing the First National Bank in Northfield, Minnesota - what is considered the largest bank west of the Mississippi - but has now decided against it. Circumstances, including learning that Jesse James and his gang are going ahead with the robbery behind his back, and that the railroaders issuing a war against them which also includes bribing the legislature to revoke the pardon, make Cole change his mind. But right from the start - even during the planning ... Written by Huggo

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An Action-Packed Adventure Capturing the Legacy of the Notorious Jesse James and Cole Younger Gang. See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Swedish | German

Release Date:

14 June 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der große Minnesota Überfall See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Cliff Robertson replaced Scott Glenn at a late stage. See more »

Goofs

The character of Jim Younger played by Luke Askew is shown prior to the Northfield raid with a mouth deformity that he attempts to hide or disguise throughout the movie. He obtained the injury (gun shot) to his mouth during the raid. The error may have been caused by most of the historical photos of Jim Younger are from after the raid and his arrest showing the injured upper lip. See more »

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Narrator: Even before the wounds of the Civil War had healed in Missouri, the railroads came swarming in to steal the land. Everywhere, men from the railroads were driving poor, defenseless families from their homes. And that's when a fresh wind suddenly began to blow. It was other Clay County farmers, the James and Younger boys, coming to the rescue. They tarred and feathered the railroad men and drove them from the land. From that moment onward, they were outlaws. But the people of ...
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Referenced in Discussing the Pod (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Hodie Christus - Natus Est
Music by Jan Sweelinck (uncredited)
Performed by St. Olaf's College Choir
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Little things that mattered then and are forgotten now ........
16 September 2009 | by merklekranzSee all my reviews

Honor among thieves is carried to the extreme in "The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid". Showing compassion for victims of corrupt banks, with swift retribution, the gang is still fighting the Civil War in Minnesota. Gradually being overwhelmed by progress, these outlaws look quite out of place. The story is told in a linear fashion, with no annoying flashbacks. Robertson and Duvall are surrounded by a believable supporting cast, that looks the part. My only objection is a couple scenes go on entirely too long, and the film would actually be better off without the interminable baseball scene. Worth seeing for the performances and authentic feel of the movie. - MERK


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