R | | Biography, Crime, Drama
Robert Ford, who's idolized Jesse James since childhood, tries hard to join the reforming gang of the Missouri outlaw, but gradually becomes resentful of the bandit leader.
During filming, Sam Shepard was in his 60s and Brad Pitt was in his 40s. The characters they play are supposed to be in their 30s. Casey Affleck was in his early 30s, close to Robert Ford's age during the epilogue, but much older than Ford's age during the main plot.
He was growing into middle age, and was living then in a bungalow on Woodland Avenue. He installed himself in a rocking chair and smoked a cigar down in the evenings as his wife wiped her pink hands on an apron and reported happily on their two ...
When Jesse James plans the Platte robbery, he refers to Robert Ford's fear as "motor." In 1856, motor was defined as a machine that supplies motive power. At the time, motors were common in toys and steam engines. It was not unusual at the time to use the term "motor" for what is happening inside a person's head.
The film does not contain either an opening title nor intro credits. The film title is displayed first after the final fadeout.
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