The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Jesse James was a notorious outlaw back in the 1880s, robbing banks and trains and leaving a trail of dead bodies behind. The brother of one of his gang members begged to join, and was allowed in. After their last job, Jesse went back to his farm, wife and kids, and for some reason took the newcomer along. As time went by and the hero-worship turned to love of a sort, both men knew there was only one way that it was going to end.

152 minutes.
No persons under 13 (Language, Violence).
Biographical, Crime, Drama, Western, On the art circuit
Robbing trains is such a bore...
Robbing trains is such a bore...


Brad Pitt, Mary-Louise Parker, Brooklynn Proulx, Dustin Bollinger, Casey Affleck, Sam Rockwell, Jeremy Renner, Sam Shepard
Andrew Dominik
ScreenplayAndrew Dominik, from the novel by Ron Hansen
MusicNick Cave, Warren Ellis
CinematographyRoger Deakins
EditingCurtiss Clayton, Dylan Tichenor
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS
Made in2007
Produced byWarner Bros. Pictures, Jesse Films Inc., Scott Free Productions, Plan B Entertainment, Alberta Film Entertainment, Virtual Studios

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Trailer: Medium

Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

LanguageMild to strong, infrequent
ViolenceStrong, gritty, realistic scenes, infrequent
Drug abuseNone
CommentsA 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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Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Zane Henry quote iconA worthy, if misdirected film that cinema buffs might appreciate, but will leave the general public cold.
Die Burger
Jacques Liebenberg quote iconNie jou tradisionele Western nie.
Cape Times
Kenneth Turan quote iconUnwieldy murder epic drawn out until riveting end.
Nils van der Linden
The Citizen
Natalie Bosman quote iconWhile 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.
Sunday Times
Barry Ronge quote iconLow on firepower but high on emotional impact.
Stella Papamichael quote iconThis is by no means a traditional western; instead startling, soulful, and brimming with pioneer spirit.
Chicago Sunday Times
Roger Ebert quote iconHere is another Western in the classical tradition.
eye Weekly
Liz Clayton quote iconThe 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 quote iconThere’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.
Rolling Stone
Peter Travers quote iconFor 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.
32 critics
Rottentomatoes critics
133 critics
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconAn expertly crafted period piece with strong performances.

What the People say

5821 Netizens quote iconAmazing work of art

Average .. 68%


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