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Ride with the Devil (1999)

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During the American Civil War, two friends join the Bushwhackers, a militant group loyal to the Confederacy.

Director:

Ang Lee

Writers:

Daniel Woodrell (novel), James Schamus (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tobey Maguire ... Jake Roedel
Jeremy W. Auman Jeremy W. Auman ... Guard
Scott Sener ... Guard (as Scott C. Sener)
Skeet Ulrich ... Jack Bull Chiles
Glenn Q. Pierce Glenn Q. Pierce ... Minister
Kathleen Warfel Kathleen Warfel ... Mrs. Chiles
David Darlow David Darlow ... Asa Chiles
Zan McLeod Zan McLeod ... Wedding Musician - Guitar
John Whelan John Whelan ... Wedding Musician - Accordion
Roger Landes Roger Landes ... Wedding Musician - Mandolin
Jeffrey Dover Jeffrey Dover ... Wedding Musician - Drummer
Tyler Johnson Tyler Johnson ... Wedding Musician - Drummer
Kelly Werts Kelly Werts ... Wedding Musician - Fiddle
Michael W. Nash Michael W. Nash ... Horton Lee, Sr.
John Judd ... Otto Roedel
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Storyline

Jake Roedel and Jack Bull Chiles are friends in Missouri when the Civil War starts. Women and Blacks have few rights. Jack Bull's dad is killed by Union soldiers, so the young men join the Bushwhackers, irregulars loyal to the South. One is a Black man, Daniel Holt, beholden to the man who bought his freedom. They skirmish then spend long hours hiding. Sue Lee, a young widow, brings them food. She and Jack Bull become lovers, and when he's grievously wounded, Jake escorts her south to a safe farm. The Bushwhackers, led by men set on revenge, make a raid into Kansas. At nineteen, Jake is ill at ease with war. As his friends die one after another, he must decide where honor lies. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance | War | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic war violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

5 November 1999 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Civil War See more »

Filming Locations:

Doniphan, Kansas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$64,159, 28 November 1999

Gross USA:

$630,779
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The novel upon which the movie is based opens with Jake participating in a lynching of a man in front of the man's family. The man's son tries to interfere, and Jake shoots the boy in the back. There is the sense that he does this in large part to gain the trust of the men in his group, many of whom see him as a foreigner, but he is criticized by some for shooting the boy in the back instead of facing him eye-to-eye. See more »

Goofs

When Jake is preparing to go to bed after his marriage and is talking with Daniel Holt he removes his left boot three times. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Title Card: On the western frontier of Missouri, the American Civil War was fought not by armies, but by neighbors. Informal gangs of local southern Bushwhackers fought a bloody and desperate guerrilla war against the occupying Union Army and pro-Union Jayhawkers.
Title Card: Allegiance to either side was dangerous. But it was more dangerous still to find oneself caught in the middle.
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Connections

References Lawrence: Free State Fortress (1998) See more »

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Old King Crow
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Arranged and performed by Martin Liebschner Jr. (as Marty Liebschner)
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Excellent movie (one of the best) and very accurate
25 July 2003 | by americansongsSee all my reviews

This movie is one of the sleepers of all time. I gave it a 10 rating. The story is of the famed 'Bushwhackers' out of Missouri that fought on the side of the South during the War Between the States. The clothing they wore were authentic, the history and why they fought is very accurate and well researched. There was actually one of the battles that did not take place as they depicted... but not bad for Hollywood. The actors were well cast and were either the most brilliant of actors or the director really know how to get the best from them. I suspect it was a combination of great directing, super casting to find the right people and excellent performing by the actors. Not just one or two... this movie really jelled! It has action, romance, suspense, good guys and bad guys (sometimes depending on your individual perspective) and history all rolled into one movie. Even has the future Spiderman and Jewel. And she's good!


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