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Story

This terrific Walter Hill Western follows the careers of the James and Younger brothers--and uses the nifty idea of casting actual clans of acting siblings in the roles. Thus, the James brothers are played by James and Stacy Keach; the Youngers by David, Keith, and Robert Carradine; the Millers by Randy and Dennis Quaid; and the Fords by Christopher and Nicholas Guest. Hill, working with an evocative Ry Cooder score, creates a film that is at once breathtakingly exciting and elegiac in its treatment of these post-Civil War outlaws. The Keaches in particular bring a surprising dignity to the roles of Frank and Jesse James, while David Carradine is a hoot as Cole Younger--and the Quaids mimic real life (as it was for them then) in their battles as the Miller brothers. Bloody, to be sure, but also bloody good. --Marshall Fine

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

David CarradineCole Younger
Keith CarradineJim Younger
Robert CarradineBob Younger
James KeachJesse James
Stacy KeachFrank James
Dennis QuaidEd Miller
Randy QuaidClell Miller
Harry Carey Jr.George Arthur
Christopher GuestCharlie Ford
Nicholas GuestBob Ford
Shelby LeveringtonAnnie Ralston
Pamela ReedBelle Starr
James RemarSam Starr
Edward BunkerChadwell
Chris MulkeyVernon Biggs

  • Genre: Western
  • Theme(s): Wild West
  • Director: Walter Hill
  • Producer: MGM/UA
  • Length: 99 mins
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaMay 16, 1980
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMar 20, 2001
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