The Long Riders (1980)

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The origins, exploits and the ultimate fate of the Jesse James gang is told in a sympathetic portrayal of the bank robbers made up of brothers who begin their legendary bank raids because of revenge.


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11 November 2004 | sebradfield
The True Story
I know, calling it "the true story" is a bit much for any film, but I have my reasons. There have been dozens of films about Jesse James, before this one and since, but as a history buff I choose this one as my favorite. Most movies on the subject either make Jesse a misunderstood hero or the villainous target of some (usually fictional) lawman. This movie was called "revisionist" by some critics when it was released, but the great thing about it is that it just tells the story. It uses a series of lovely little vignettes, each one of them historically verifiable. There are failings, to my mind the slow-motion shootout being the biggest, but on the whole it captures the feel of the period, the dress, the idioms ("I would toss the shotgun away!"), pretty much everything. It doesn't make them good guys, far from it, but it does take pains to show why their neighbors loved them and hated the pinkertons.

Not the best western ever, by a long shot, but almost certainly the best movie on the subject.

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Release Date:

16 May 1980

Language

English, Swedish


Country of Origin

USA

Filming Locations

Texas State Railroad, Rusk, Texas, USA

Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,351,112 18 May 1980

Gross USA:

$15,795,189

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,795,189

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