The Long Riders

The Long Riders

DVD - 2001
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Four theatrical families of the 1980s recreate the most wanted criminal families of the 1860s. This portrayal of the Jesse James gang is a rapidfire succession of thrilling moments -- the bandits' lightning attacks on banks, trains and stagecoaches ; their hairbreadth escapes from the law ; Jesse's jubilant wedding celebration ; and the tragic Great Northfield, Minnesota raid.
Publisher: Santa Monica, Calif. : MGM Home Entertainment Inc., 2001, c1980
ISBN: 9780792849254
Branch Call Number: DVD DRAMA LON
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (99 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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May 10, 2018

Meandering, confusing story loaded with too many, mainly forgettable characters. The opening — the main characters (I forget how many) — simply riding across a rolling field already began to bore me. I had a little hope once they rob the first bank — an action scene that’s competent but nothing more than that — but then the film just wanders around with some too Peckinpah-like violent scenes. (And, in my kind, Peckinpah is not so great, but this film doesn’t transmute Peckinpah‘s approach into anything better.)

In the end, nothing really adds up. I went into the film expecting a revisionary Western, but found myself waiting for it to end. Even the final robbery bores because it seems set up merely to have certain set shots — man being dragged by horse, man falling off roof, horses jumping through windows, etc. The finale tries to be artsy though it felt as the director just wanted to slap something in there to give it meaning.

Apr 22, 2018

The acting is fine. (Naturally.) However, it's not a good thing when you can't stand ANY of the lead characters, 2 minutes into the film. The characters are despicable. From that first 2 min. on, I was just waiting for them to catch and hang the cretins. (Or they could have gone into politics today.) I don't see how anyone could feel any respect, admiration, or sympathy toward them. Bad idea for a film. No wonder I had never heard of it.

Oct 26, 2017

For serious Western fans- with the James & Cole Younger bros riding through after the Civil War. The Quaids, Keach & Carradine brothers made a heck-of-a-western.

Aug 11, 2017

Good film- it tells the story of the James/ Younger gang- it's quite factual actually.

May 13, 2017

Solid story, stunning gunfight action sequences that I found riveting, and real life brothers portray the brothers of the story. These actors are in top form here, so break out the western boots and ten gallon hat - you're in for a tense, sweet ride.

Mar 24, 2017

I really liked the fact of the sets of brothers in the movie. I think it portrays the outlaws as a nicer bunch of guys than what the actually were, from the history that I have read Jesse James was pretty much a murderer. Good cimematography and true to life costumes.

Jul 07, 2016

A solid, if predictable, western that has the novelty of four sets of brothers playing brothers. The Carradines (Keith, David, Robert), Quaids (Dennis, Randy), and Keachs (Stacty, James) are the notorious James Gang. Christopher and Nicholas Guest are the Fords, who eventually shoot Jesse James, although it's usually just Robert in films. Walter Hill's ("The Warriors," "48 Hrs.") direction is competent and there are some good shoot outs, even if they're in debt to the slo-mo violence of Sam Peckinpah, an influence that can be seen in mediocre Hill action films like "Extreme Prejudice" and "Last Man Standing." Some other films about Jesse James and the James Gang include "The Assassination of Jesse James," "The Return of Frank James," "Young Guns," and "I Shot Jesse James."

Jan 30, 2016

Really good movie- it relates the trials and tribulations of the Jesse James Gang. It's a bit of a different take on the story, told in an episodic manner by the great Walter Hill.

Feb 18, 2014

Not much of a story. Just a shallow pretext of a plot stitching together a series of chase scenes and fights. However, may be worth seeing for solid performances by the young Keach, Carradine, and Quaid brothers.

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