Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
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  • Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

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Director: Andrew Dominik

Cast: Andrew Dominik, Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Shepard

     
 

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Brad Pitt stars as legendary Wild West outlaw Jesse James in Chopper director Andrew Dominik's cinematic rendering of the events that would eventually bring about the death of the man rumored be the "fastest gun in the West." An eager recruit into James' notorious gang, RobertSee more details below

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Overview

Brad Pitt stars as legendary Wild West outlaw Jesse James in Chopper director Andrew Dominik's cinematic rendering of the events that would eventually bring about the death of the man rumored be the "fastest gun in the West." An eager recruit into James' notorious gang, Robert Ford eventually grows jealous of the famed outlaw. When Robert and his brother Charlie sense an opportunity to kill James, their murderous action elevates their target to near mythical status. Casey Affleck stars as Robert Ford and Sam Shepard co-stars as Frank James -- Jesse's devoted sibling and partner in crime.

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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Director Andrew Dominik adopts a style throughout his new psychological western The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford that he believes will give the film the weight and seriousness of an epic. The movie runs a stately 160 minutes not because there is too much action or too many sequences, but because conversations are edited so that protracted silences occur between every line of dialogue. For the first 30 minutes, as the members of the gang are introduced while they plan and execute a train robbery, Dominik is at his best. The deliberate tone and slow pace make this a unique and rewarding sequence, but the next 90 minutes of the film eats away that interest. Casey Affleck embodies the creepy stalker elements of Robert Ford with great skill, but his boyish face keeps him from ever being truly threatening -- perfect casting considering what the director does with the character. Ford's obsession with Jesse James (played as alternately psychotic or brooding by Brad Pitt) manages to be complete, without being in any way sexual. He's a boy trying to figure out what he wants to be when he grows up. His performance, in fact each performance throughout, is solid, but they are undermined by the film's pace. The editing style, which is obviously purposeful, hampers the film's protracted middle because while the film suggests many reasons why Ford kills Jesse, it never seems to take a stand on the issue. Jealousy, fear, duty, and a desire for celebrity are all presented as possibilities, but often these different motivations seem to conflict directly with each other. Over dinner with the Ford family, James humiliates the 20-year-old Robert, and one would think that his actions from then on stem from a desire for revenge, but even after the embarrassment, Ford is seen sniffing James' bedding. A film can be open-ended and open to interpretation, yet still present an explanation as to why everyone was interested in the material to begin with. The movie plays like the director wanted to make the film in order to figure out his own feeling about Robert, but never came to any resolution. The final 20 minutes, after Ford shoots Jesse and must live with the consequences, bring the proceedings back to life. As Robert revels in his notoriety, the viewer can draw so many parallels with what went on before that one can start to see that the material might have supported the stately rhythm. As it is, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is a failure, but the combination of ideas, however unformed, and the style make it a genuine attempt at something new -- which makes the film more interesting than most failures.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/05/2008
UPC:
0012569763739
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:40:00
Sales rank:
5,064

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brad Pitt Jesse James
Casey Affleck Robert Ford
Sam Shepard Frank James
Mary-Louise Parker Zee James
Paul Schneider Dick Liddil
Jeremy Renner Wood Hite
Zooey Deschanel Dorothy Evans
Sam Rockwell Charley Ford
Garret Dillahunt Ed Miller
Brooklyn Proulx Mary James
Dustin Bollinger Tim James
Joel McNichol Express Manager
James DeFelice Baggagemaster
J.C. Roberts Engineer
Darrell Orydzuk Ukranian Train Passenger
Jonathan Erich Drachenberg Young Train Passenger
Torben S. Hansen Danish Train Passenger
Alison Elliott Martha Bolton
Lauren Calvert Ida
Kailin See Sarah Hite
Tom Aldredge Major George Hite
Jesse Frechette Albert Ford
Pat Healy Wilbur Ford
Michael Parks Henry Craig
Ted Levine Sheriff Timberlake
Joel Duncan Deputy
James Carville Governor Crittenden
Stephanie Wahlstrom Store Customer
Adam Arlukiewicz Newsboy
Ian Ferrier Photographer
Michael Rogers Onlooker at Jesse's Death
Calvin Bliid Small Boy at Jesse's Death
Sarah Lind Bob's Girlfriend
Nick Cave Bowery Saloon Singer
Matthew Walker Bowery Saloonkeeper
Michael Copeman Edward O'Kelly
Laryssa Yanchak Ella Mae Waterson
Hugh Ross Narrator
Matt Dunkley Conductor

Technical Credits
Andrew Dominik Director,Screenwriter
Ricardo Alms Set Decoration/Design
Christopher Aud Sound/Sound Designer
Cheryl Bainum Executive Producer
Guy Bews Stunts
Jean A. Black Makeup
Bruce Carwardine Sound/Sound Designer
Nick Cave Score Composer
Curtiss Clayton Editor
Helen Uffner Vintage Clothing Costumes/Costume Designer
Colt Cosgrave Stunts
Chad Cosgrave Stunts
Jules Daly Producer
Roger Deakins Cinematographer
Jordon Dodds Stunts
Joe A. Dodds Stunts
Brett Edge Stunts
Lyle Edge Stunts
Tom W. Eirikson Stunts
Lisa Ellzey Executive Producer
Jim Finkbeiner Stunts
Wacey Finkbeiner Stunts
Mali Finn Casting
Dede Gardner Producer
Martin Gendron Art Director
Dale Gibson Stunts
Reg Glass Stunts
Corry Glass Stunts
Tom Glass Stunts
Jason Glass Stunts
Kristy Glass Stunts
Deb Green Casting
Alex Green Stunts
Brad Grey Executive Producer
Terry Gunvordahl Set Decoration/Design
Dennis Hambling Stunts
Randy Hambling Stunts
Ron Hansen Associate Producer
Dave Hospes Stunts
Marilyn Humphreys Set Decoration/Design
Richard King Sound/Sound Designer
Rejean Labrie Set Decoration/Design
Michael Langlois Stunts
Terrance Leigh Stunts
Jackie Lind Casting
Jacqueline Loewen Stunts
Michael Madden Set Decoration/Design
Brad Milburn Set Decoration/Design
Pat Norris Costumes/Costume Designer
Amanda Paller Special Effects
James Paradis Special Effects Supervisor
Jason Paradis Special Effects
Brad Pitt Producer
Shane Pollitt Stunts
Rochelle L. Pomerleau Makeup
Jim Randle Stunts
Scott Andrew Robertson Asst. Director
Blake Schlosser Stunts
Greg Schlosser Stunts
Hayden S. Scott Special Effects
Tony Scott Executive Producer
Ridley Scott Producer
John Scott Stunts
Leslie Shatz Sound/Sound Designer
Troy Sizemore Art Director
Rick Skene Stunts
Sean Skene Stunts
Jodi Terhoch Stunts
Kyle Thomson Stunts
Jesse Thomson Stunts
Dylan Tichenor Editor
Christien Tinsley Makeup Special Effects
David Valdes Producer
Grant Van Der Slagt Set Decoration/Design
Benjamin Waisbren Executive Producer
Warren Ellis Score Composer
Gordon White Set Decoration/Design
Ross Wideman Stunts

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
1. Prologue Portrait [3:25]
2. Appetite for Greater Things [6:12]
3. Call Me Gregarious [3:14]
4. Petty Thieves and Rubes [3:56]
5. Blue Cut Robbery [5:05]
6. No More Shenanigans [4:00]
7. Cigars and Lies [2:29]
8. Names of Enemies [5:17]
9. Sent Home [3:14]
10. Threats and Mysteries [5:58]
11. My Daddy's Wife [6:02]
12. Jesse Stops By [6:33]
13. Where's Jim? [7:22]
14. Shootin' Scrape [5:50]
15. Snow Grave [2:23]
16. Overlapping Stories [6:23]
17. Acting Testy [3:56]
18. Catch-Up With Miller [1:00]
19. No Peace When He's Around [4:37]
20. Craig Rifles Ball [2:55]
21. Cup of Iniquity [4:15]
22. Other Side of the Ice [2:22]
23. You've Been Chosen [3:34]
24. Just a Human Being [4:43]
25. Creep up From Behind [3:29]
26. By Way of Apology [4:56]
27. Imagining Himself [5:58]
28. April 3rd, 1882 [3:28]
29. News Report [3:36]
30. Assassination [2:48]
31. Final Shots [5:43]
32. Stage Portrayal [2:00]
33. Charlie's Final Curtain [4:03]
34. I'm Robert Ford [1:24]
35. No Applause [3:45]
36. No Eulogies [3:50]
37. End Credits [2:15]

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