R | | Biography, Crime, Western
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.
Walter Hill later argued the best movie that had been made about the Younger-James brothers prior to this was The Return of Frank James (1940). "In the historical sense it was also the least accurate, but it had a real sense of character truth".
Who the hell do you think you are, Jesse James?
Bob Younger: Hell, no! I'm Bob Younger. Jesse James rides with the Youngers. Now, stop the damn train!
In the scene when Ed Miller is kicked out of the gang, the characters are gathered on what appears to be a narrow beach, with no 'far' river bank visible. Missouri has no coastline.
When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure an 'X' rating. Cuts were made in 1986 when the film was granted an '18' certificate for home video, and most of these cuts were waived with the exception of 4 seconds when released on DVD in 2001 and again on Blu-Ray in 2013.
$2,351,112 18 May 1980