Brad Pitt, Mary-Louise Parker, Brooklynn Proulx, Dustin Bollinger, Casey Affleck, Sam Rockwell, Jeremy Renner, Sam Shepard
|Screenplay||Andrew Dominik, from the novel by Ron Hansen|
|Music||Nick Cave, Warren Ellis|
|Editing||Curtiss Clayton, Dylan Tichenor|
|Sound formats||Dolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS|
|SA distributor||Nu Metro|
|Produced by||Warner Bros. Pictures, Jesse Films Inc., Scott Free Productions, Plan B Entertainment, Alberta Film Entertainment, Virtual Studios|
|Language||Mild to strong, infrequent|
|Violence||Strong, gritty, realistic scenes, infrequent|
|Comments||A compelling look at the complex character of Jesse James is accompanied by the strange relationship between James and Bob Ford who is responsible for his death, despite idolising him.|
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What the Critics say
|Cape Argus / The Star|
Zane Henry A worthy, if misdirected film that cinema buffs might appreciate, but will leave the general public cold.
Jacques Liebenberg Nie jou tradisionele Western nie.
Kenneth Turan Unwieldy murder epic drawn out until riveting end.
Nils van der Linden
Natalie Bosman While the beginning boasts some amazingly beautiful and artistically filmed cinematography of the American countryside, too much time is spent setting the scene and too little time is devoted to Ford's self-created internal hell thereafter, which in my opinion is the most worthwhile aspect.
Barry Ronge Low on firepower but high on emotional impact.
Stella Papamichael This is by no means a traditional western; instead startling, soulful, and brimming with pioneer spirit.
|Chicago Sunday Times|
Roger Ebert Here is another Western in the classical tradition.
Liz Clayton The film's overall loveliness spares it from being as weak as its cowardly namesake Ford, but even still, there's nowhere near enough dimension to justify its length.
James Berardinelli There’s a place for this sort of thing in the genre, but The Assassination of Jesse James is too protracted and oblique to represent it effectively.
Peter Travers For a movie that has sat on a shelf for two years gathering bad buzz, this quiet wow of a Western sneaks up as one hell of a satisfying surprise.
Tomatometer An expertly crafted period piece with strong performances.
What the People say
5821 Netizens Amazing work of art
Average .. 68%