The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Blu-ray Disc - 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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PearlyKayAm1
May 17, 2019

Tedious, plodding, waste of time.

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Biblitz
Jan 07, 2019

Gawdawful. Why Sam Shepard and Brad Pitts would bother with such garbage eludes me. Pay, one supposes. Like visiting a homeless encampment or an old-timey hobo jungle - nothing to learn there. The opening scenes with their bad poetry - "clocks ran slower when he was around" - whatever that's supposed to mean - well past wretched.

SnoIsleLib_CraigB Apr 17, 2018

This contemplative visual feast has some of the most gorgeous cinematography I have seen in ages. Roger Deakins, who finally won an Oscar in 2018 for Blade Runner 2049, was long overdue to receive the accolade. If you like slow, speculative westerns like Unforgiven and The Revenant, you'll love The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

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yumsushi
Dec 14, 2017

It may be a tad long but its amazing cinematography and acting had me hooked. Brad pitts last great movie role for sure.

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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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therhiannamater
Mar 13, 2017

I have zero interest in any Western. That should tell you something about how I rate this movie. I didn't think there would be anything I'd be remotely interested in with this but after seeing it, it quickly became one of my all-time favorites. We have a much more toned down Brad Pitt and a quietly intense yet spellbinding Casey Affleck as two very mismatched souls under the guise of the gun slinging 1880s. The soundtrack by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis is one of my go-to ambient albums that I never tire of. (Keep an eye out for showgirl Zooey Deschanel and her dreamy singing voice.)

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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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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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Jul 29, 2011

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hur74Vety
Jul 29, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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hur74Vety
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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