The Long Riders

The Long Riders

DVD - 2017
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The origins, exploits and the ultimate fate of the Jesse James gang is told in a sympathetic portrayal of the bank robbers made up of brothers who begin their legendary bank raids because of revenge.
Publisher: [New York, New York] : Kino Lorber, [2017]
Branch Call Number: MOVIE LON
Language Note: English dialogue; English subtitles
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (100 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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mrb1987
Feb 23, 2021

truly a great movie .time testing western about the youngers and james.truly remarkable cast incudes dennis quaid ,randy quaid, stacy keach,james keach,and many others. this movie has been around for almost 40 years and it's still going ever since. it's truly time testing western
that everybody must have in there dvd collection. a must have dvd.

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BBRUTTIG
Oct 20, 2020

A good story of the Youngers & James. A made-for-TV special.

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Dave99_0
Sep 15, 2019

An overlooked classic. Just like the Confederacy rationalized slavery, the James-Younger gang (who were supporters of the Confederacy) rationalized bank and train robbery. The simple explanation was that bank and train robbery was lucrative. They were not planners. They didn't even case the Northfield Bank before attacking it. They were reckless, took the risk and lost. The steam tractor on Northfield's main street shows a nice historical perspective into the changing West.

After the Civil War, Americans had many opportunities to start a business or invest in a business. Missouri farms were bountiful but surplus crops could not be sold in the local market. Many Missouri farmers quit farming and sought their fortune by taking the Overland Trail to California and Oregon. The James and Youngers could have done the same thing. But they were reluctant to change and paid the price. For Western fans, I would rate "The Long Riders" at 4.0 stars.

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RoyalJellyIII
Jul 30, 2018

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.

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FredZedd
Jul 29, 2018

While one can see that an effort was made to do a good job making this picture, I found it unsatisfying. There isn't really a story being told. We see slices of life for the main characters, but there's no background to explain the life they lead. I guess that I am to assume that these men were outlaws for the sake of being outlaws. In the hospital scene near the movie's end, a brief comment is made to suggest that somehow the Civil War was why they did what they did. But it's too late by then for the movie to elaborate and expand on this motivation. So, I could never find myself caring much about the things that happen. These characters are not portrayed as either heroes or martyrs. I'm a Ry Cooder fan, and I instantly recognized his work on the film's musical soundtrack. But with no real story, his work just kind of hangs out there with no drama to reinforce. Finally, Walter Hill shows a regrettable effort to outdo Sam Peckinpah in the visual depiction of gory gun battles. If you are interested in action, there is plenty in this film (no humor, though). And the gimmick of having real life brothers portray the character brothers is neither here nor there, not adding nor distracting. To sum up, I wasn't bored (the visual presentation is good), but I wasn't involved. Probably really only of interest to Walter Hill fans.

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danulb
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.

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Reading_Right
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.

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Maoisdead
Aug 11, 2017

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

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VonHafenstaaad
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.

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Madreley
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.

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