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The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

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Robert Ford, who's idolized Jesse James since childhood, tries hard to join the reforming gang of the Missouri outlaw, but gradually becomes resentful of the bandit leader.

Director:

Andrew Dominik

Writers:

Andrew Dominik (screenplay), Ron Hansen (novel)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 26 wins & 68 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brad Pitt ... Jesse James
Mary-Louise Parker ... Zee James
Brooklynn Proulx ... Mary James
Dustin Bollinger ... Tim James
Casey Affleck ... Robert Ford
Sam Rockwell ... Charley Ford
Jeremy Renner ... Wood Hite
Sam Shepard ... Frank James
Garret Dillahunt ... Ed Miller
Paul Schneider ... Dick Liddil
Joel McNichol ... Express Messenger
James Defelice James Defelice ... Baggagemaster (as James DeFelice)
J.C. Roberts J.C. Roberts ... Engineer
Darrell Orydzuk Darrell Orydzuk ... Ukranian Train Passenger
Jonathan Erich Drachenberg Jonathan Erich Drachenberg ... Young Train Passenger
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Storyline

Taking place in Missouri in the early 1880s, the film dramatizes the last seven months in the life of famed outlaw Jesse James, beginning with the Blue Cut train robbery of 1881 and culminating in his assassination at the hands of Robert Ford the following April. In the time between these two fateful events, the young and jealous Ford befriends the increasingly mistrustful outlaw, even as he plots his demise. Written by Cole Matthews

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Beyond the myth lies America's greatest betrayal.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong violence and brief sexual references | See all certifications »

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A great deal of the narration and dialogue for the movie was taken verbatim from the 1983 novel by Ron Hansen. Some is tweaked or rearranged, however; for example, the line of narration describing Jesse as "rich and leisured who had the common touch" early in the movie was actually taken from a description of another character, Soapy Smith, who doesn't appear until near the end of the book, after Jesse has already been killed. Interestingly, though, Hansen uses the "rich and leisured" line of description again in his 2016 novel The Kid. In this instance, he uses it to describe Jesse James when he briefly meets the novel's protagonist, Billy the Kid. One wonders if Hansen put it there as an Easter egg for fans of the movie. See more »

Goofs

When Robert Ford is working in the general store, the bicycle leaning against the wall is supposed to be a Highwheel (also know as Ordinary or Pennyfarthing). It's actually a modern version, intended for circus and parade riders. See more »

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Narrator: He was growing into middle age, and was living then in a bungalow on Woodland Avenue. He installed himself in a rocking chair and smoked a cigar down in the evenings as his wife wiped her pink hands on an apron and reported happily on their two children. His children knew his legs, the sting of his mustache against their cheeks. They didn't know how their father made his living, or why they so often moved. They didn't even know their father's name. He was listed in the city ...
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The film does not contain either an opening title nor intro credits. The film title is displayed first after the final fadeout. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Assassination of Jesse James: Death of an Outlaw (2008) See more »

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The Water Is Wide
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Traditional
Sung by Brooklynn Proulx
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Casey Affleck's best work to date
27 September 2007 | by jasoncermakSee all my reviews

Casey Affleck's has officially come into his own. Fantastic performance!

Brad Pitt's performance complex and stunning as usual. Brad does not shy away from the real roles and proves time and time again what a brilliant actor he is.

Roger Deakins shots are stunning, capturing the true beauty that lies within the Canadian rockies. The artistic shots through the old style glass is fantastic.

Score is very unorthodox yet amazingly effective.

The only downside to the film many say is the running time, but I admire that Andrew allowed for the performances of the actors to be the showcase. Many scenes with not a lot of background music, just the intense performances.


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USA | Canada | UK

Language:

English | Danish

Release Date:

19 October 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Assassination of Jesse James See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$147,812, 23 September 2007

Gross USA:

$3,909,149

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,001,776
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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