The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

DVD - 2008
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Everyone in 1880s America knows Jesse James. He's the nation's most notorious criminal and is being hunted by the law in 10 states. He's also the land's greatest hero, lauded as a Robin Hood by the public. No one knows of Robert Ford, at least not yet. But the ambitious 19-year-old aims to change that. He befriends Jesse and rides with his gang. And if that doesn't bring Ford fame, he will have to find a deadlier way. Friendship becomes rivalry and the quest for fame becomes obsession.

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greatflicks
Sep 19, 2017

Fell asleep then got up and discharged the movie put it back in its case and will take back to library. I'm sure there is a lot more to this movie than I want to give it time to show me.

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Calvacade
Aug 14, 2017

Good movie about Jesse James- I was disappointed the first time I saw this movie, but upon viewing it again I had to reconsider my thoughts about the film. It is a bit long but overall it offers a pretty full view of the James gang.

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uugene
Feb 23, 2017

I was even more affected by a second viewing than by the first viewing ten years ago. This film really reaches its intended emotional depth, thanks to deliberately paced direction, genuine acting all around, and a soundtrack that underscores the mood. This may not be an accurate historical document – few movies are. But as cinematic art, this one is absolutely authentic.

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owweverythinghurts
May 10, 2016

Just an overall well-done film in all respects... plenty of surprises for those who don't know the true story... Casey Affleck, who usually doesn't have great range, does a very commendable job here.

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Isley
Jun 30, 2014

This may be a bit inflated with pretensions of making an art film, but is entirely successful as a psychological character study if nothing else. Pitt gives a fine performance as Jesse James, but the film is all about Casey Afflek’s portrayal of Robert Ford, who he manages to turn into a very complex, deep, and interesting character.

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newdog
Feb 13, 2014

Having grown up in Northfield MN, where the Defeat of Jesse James is celebrated every year, I was familiar with the story of Jesse James and was interested in this version...however, I found it so boring that it was putting me to sleep, so I ended up shutting it off.

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roystreet
Jan 08, 2014

You either love this film or hate it; there is no in-between. For me, it's too diffuse, too slack, too long. Sure, it's got striking photography and a contemporary message about heroes, the price of heroism, and hero-worship and its homoerotic subtext. But all that is weighed down by sludgy editing and a broken-backed script--the whole thing should have been told as a flashback from Ford's point of view with James' death as the climax (start with scene 32-34 - up to the fan dancer, then 1-31, finish with 35, 36.) Furthermore, the director has neglected a couple of fundamentals: First, Contrast is the first law of all Art. In this film there is no contrast: every scene is shot deliberately and portentously, exactly the same as every other. Second, plot reveals character, character drives plot. Here, they are only loosely connected. There's not enough plot to bear the weight of the characters, and their deeds are unmotivated. In fact, the film leaves out so much in the way of background and motivations that I couldn't figure out who these people were, how they were related, and, most important, why I should care. I watched this film as part of a review of Casey Affleck's films. Some people love his work here, but for me, it's too much "ecting", opaque and mannered, no substance. If you like to watch actors "perform", go to an acting class; in a film the idea is to get the character across and move on. . . . .

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BeausPerson
Jul 31, 2013

My advice is to watch this movie on a day when you have the patience to say the whole title :).
Slow paced, like a visual meditation interrupted by humour and violence, this is a beautiful film worth watching and listening to.

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dave66
Jul 30, 2013

Gorgeous film with great pacing, dialogue, some intense and realistic action, a developing sense of dread, and amazing cinematography. Living in Edmonton it is nice to be reminded how gorgeous Alberta can be. Pitt is solid in his haunted understated performance of a charismatic psychopath, while Casey Affleck is brilliant as the spurned hero worshiper Robert Ford. Excellent supporting cast as well. Not an action flick by any means, but that is a good thing. Very haunting and beautiful movie.

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Monolith
Mar 01, 2013

Very well done, slow-burning docudrama from Kiwi filmmaker Andrew Dominik, especially being that it's only the second film of his career. An absorbing story incorporating a melancholy yet elegant period score, and hypnotic photography. Casey Affleck nailed the part of the eccentric, alienated Robert Ford perfectly. Supporting actors Sam Rockwell and Jeremy Renner were fine choices. Brad Pitt? My apologies, fans of his, but I wouldn't lose any sleep were he, Ms. Jolie, and their tribe, to take an early retirement.

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Oct 12, 2012

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Jul 29, 2011

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Teyfor8Wyoma
Jul 29, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Teyfor8Wyoma
Jul 29, 2011

Violence: Beatings, murders

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Monolith
Mar 01, 2013

Jesse James (to Robert Ford): "...Can't figure it out... You wanna be like me... or you wanna be me..."

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Monolith
Mar 01, 2013

Governor Crittenden: "So you're Dick Little." Dick Liddil: "Liddil." Governor Crittenden: "I beg your pardon?" Dick Liddil: "I spell it with two "d's"."

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