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Frank & Jesse (1995)

At the end of the Civil War, Frank and Jesse James and other former guerillas who rode with Quantrill and Bill Anderson take the oath of allegiance to the Union. Feeling oppressed by ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rob Lowe ... Jesse James
Bill Paxton ... Frank James
Randy Travis ... Cole Younger
Dana Wheeler-Nicholson ... Annie
Maria Pitillo ... Zee
Luke Askew ... Lone Rider
Sean Patrick Flanery ... Zack Murphy
Alexis Arquette ... Charlie Ford
Todd Field ... Bob Younger
John Pyper-Ferguson ... Clell Miller
Nicholas Sadler ... Arch Clements (as Nick Sadler)
William Atherton ... Allan Pinkerton
Tom Chick Tom Chick ... Detective Whitcher
Mary Neff Mary Neff ... Widow Miller
Richard Maynard Richard Maynard ... John Sheets
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At the end of the Civil War, Frank and Jesse James and other former guerillas who rode with Quantrill and Bill Anderson take the oath of allegiance to the Union. Feeling oppressed by Chicago railroad investors, the James and Younger brothers, Bob and Charlie Ford, Clell Miller and Arch Clements take to robbing banks, trains and coaches, with Pinkerton sworn to bringing them to justice. Written by Jeff Hole <jeffhole@aol.com>

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The civil war made them outlaws. The people made them heroes

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Biography | Western

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Rated R for strong western violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

FRANK AND JESSE See more »

Filming Locations:

Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Trimark Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Bill Paxton and Dana Wheeler-Nicholson both appeared in another western together, "Tombstone" See more »

Goofs

Jesse would not be standing taking the oath of fidelity to the union, he was shot in the chest trying to surrender and was bedridden for months. See more »

Quotes

Frank James: What's your plan?
Jesse James: I'm going to find that painted horse and kill that son of a bitch sitting on its backside. That's my plan.
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Connections

Referenced in Buttcrack (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
Performed by Randy Travis
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Don't let facts get in the way. It's still a great movie!
14 August 2009 | by FightingWesternerSee all my reviews

The umpteenth retelling of the James gang story, Frank And Jesse is loaded with historical inaccuracies and blatant audience manipulation, but as a good old southern boy who still hasn't made peace with the Union, I'm suspending my BS detector and declaring this an awesome movie and one of the best westerns of the nineties!

This is full of bloody shootouts and action packed escapes. Also, the period detail is much better than later independently produced westerns. My only problem is that all the best scenes are early on in the film and the rest of it suffers by comparison.

Rob Lowe is probably the the last person I would have expected to star as Jesse James and I must admit I was a bit skeptical of him (translation: too pretty) but he did a good job portraying Jesse as an innocent youth pushed by the carpetbaggers and unforgiving northerners into becoming an avenger of southern pride and human dignity (the afore mentioned audience manipulation) before causing his own downfall through arrogance and carelessness.

As Frank James, Bill Paxton gives an excellent performance that left me wondering why he hasn't been in more westerns.

William Atherton and Luke Askew, as the villains, also stand out in this well cast movie.


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