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American Outlaws (2001)

PG-13 | | Action, Western | 17 August 2001 (USA)
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5 Southern friends return home when the war ends 1865. But Yankee soldiers and Pinkerton are busy helping a railroad baron grab land from farmers along the planned railroad west. The 5 friends fight back.


Les Mayfield


Roderick Taylor (story), Roderick Taylor (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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


When a Midwest town learns that a corrupt railroad baron has captured the deeds to their homesteads without their knowledge, a group of young ranchers join forces to take back what is rightfully theirs. In the course of their vendetta, they will become the object of the biggest manhunt in the history of the Old West and, as their fame grows, so will the legend of their leader, a young outlaw by the name of Jesse James. Written by <gsm1224@ix.netcom.com>

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Action | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for western violence | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Colin Farrell did as many of his own stunts as Les Mayfield would let him do. See more »


When Jesse is in Zee's bed after the doc dresses the wound, and the Army is searching the house, Zee covers herself and Jesse with a blanket; when she gets up to put her robe on, you can see that she is wearing an underwire bra. They didn't wear bras in the 1800's, they wore corsets. 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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Alternate Versions

On the American release DVD there are 2 scenes that were cut from the original movie. One is a fight between Jesse and Frank at a bar. The other is Jesse "paying" for a girl for Jim Younger. See more »


The Claddah
Written and Performed by Scott Nickoley, Jamie Dunlap, Molly Pasutti
Used by permission of Red Engine Music, Revision West
Courtesy of MasterSource
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completely and utterly lifeless
19 June 2002 | by MichaelM24See all my reviews

I knew not to expect much from AMERICAN OUTLAWS. The glory days of westerns are long gone, and the new ones can't all be SILVERADOs and WYATT EARPs. But I was expecting to at least have a fun time, even if it was another film that portrayed real-life bad guys as the "heroes" of the movie.

Even on just a level of pure entertainment, AMERICAN OUTLAWS didn't score that well. I'm not sure why, but this film was just bland most of the time, and the actors (despite some talented ones in the parts) just seemed to walk through the performances, as if they were simply trying to just get the whole thing over with. Even the versatile Timothy Dalton seemed to be at a lost as to what to do.

And the characters themselves were terrible. By the end of the film, we still knew nothing about any of them. I like to have at least some understanding of the characters in a film. Whether they're the good guys or the bad guys, at least give me something about them to understand, sympathize with, or relate to. Sure, Frank and Jessie wanted revenge for a personal tragedy, but the depiction of that tragedy is handled so lazily we often forget about it for the rest of the film. The other characters tagging along with the brothers do so to make a stand against the railroad tycoon (Harris Yulin), but again, we don't get anything from them personally to make us root for their success.

A couple of the action scenes are nicely-executed, if sometimes over the top. The Hyperion job is the standout sequence of the entire film, as the James-Younger gang must fight their way out of a trap while attempting to rob a bank. And Trevor Rabin's exciting score (which I had already bought a few months ago and really enjoyed) helped make some of the boring parts seem more important.

Perhaps if the script had treated the material seriously and if the director had stayed awake during the shoot, it might have at least passed as a good time-waster for a dull Saturday night.

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Release Date:

17 August 2001 (USA) See more »

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Jesse James See more »

Filming Locations:

Dripping Springs, Texas, USA See more »


Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,855,475, 19 August 2001

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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