The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

DVD - 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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.)

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.

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.

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.

Jan 08, 2014

You either love this film or hate it; there is no in-between. For me, it's too diffuse, too slack, too long. Sure, it's got striking photography and a contemporary message about heroes, the price of heroism, and hero-worship and its homoerotic subtext. But all that is weighed down by sludgy editing and a broken-backed script--the whole thing should have been told as a flashback from Ford's point of view with James' death as the climax (start with scene 32-34 - up to the fan dancer, then 1-31, finish with 35, 36.) Furthermore, the director has neglected a couple of fundamentals: First, Contrast is the first law of all Art. In this film there is no contrast: every scene is shot deliberately and portentously, exactly the same as every other. Second, plot reveals character, character drives plot. Here, they are only loosely connected. There's not enough plot to bear the weight of the characters, and their deeds are unmotivated. In fact, the film leaves out so much in the way of background and motivations that I couldn't figure out who these people were, how they were related, and, most important, why I should care. I watched this film as part of a review of Casey Affleck's films. Some people love his work here, but for me, it's too much "ecting", opaque and mannered, no substance. If you like to watch actors "perform", go to an acting class; in a film the idea is to get the character across and move on. . . . .

Jul 31, 2013

My advice is to watch this movie on a day when you have the patience to say the whole title :).
Slow paced, like a visual meditation interrupted by humour and violence, this is a beautiful film worth watching and listening to.

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Jul 29, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

Jul 29, 2011

Violence: Beatings, murders


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Mar 01, 2013

Jesse James (to Robert Ford): "...Can't figure it out... You wanna be like me... or you wanna be me..."

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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