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
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 »
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 »
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 »
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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