Ride With the Devil

Ride With the Devil

Director: Ang Lee Cast: Skeet Ulrich, Tobey Maguire, Jewel
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Overview

Ride With the Devil

A complex tale of uneasy alliances and hostilities along the Kansas/Missouri border during the Civil War, Ride with the Devil opens in 1862. The story concerns Jack Bull Chiles (Skeet Ulrich), a proud son of the South ready to fight for the Confederate cause after his father is killed by Yankee troops. Chiles's friend, Jake Roedel (Tobey Maguire), joins the Bushwhackers, a group of renegade Southerners aligned with the Confederate Army, even though his family supports the Union cause - which sets him head-to-head with his father. The two young men, used to the slow pace and gracious lifestyle of the South's privileged class, become guerilla fighters and wander through the countryside together, encountering sudden, shocking and extreme acts of violence. Their comrades include valiant leader Black John (James Caviezel), paranoid madman Pitt (Jonathan Rhys Myers), gentleman George (Simon Baker), and Daniel (Jeffrey Wright), a laconic former slave who unexpectedly fighs for the south despite his race out of sheer loyalty to George - though the others regard him with suspicion. The Bushwhackers hide out in a shed near the home of Sue Lee Shelley (singer/songwriter/poet Jewel), a pregnant widow whose husband was killed three weeks after their marriage. Later, following a shocking and unexpected act of violence, a number of the men team up with the crazed Quantrill (John Ales) to stage an attack on an abolitionist stronghold, but Jake finds his moral conscience growing more acute, and takes the first steps toward romancing and starting a family with Sue Lee in what looks to be a very different post-Civil War future. Adapted from the novel Woe to Live On by Daniel Woodrell, Ride with the Devil was directed by Ang Lee, whose previous project was a very different look at America's past, the 1970s domestic drama The Ice Storm (1997).

Product Details

Release Date: 04/27/2010
UPC: 0715515055017
Original Release: 1999
Rating: R
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 2:28:00
Sales rank: 15,419

Special Features

New, restored high-definition digital transfer of Ang Lee's director's cut, supervised and approved by Lee and director of photography Frederick Elmes; Two audio commentaries, one featuring Lee and producer-screenwriter James Schamus, and one featuring Elmes, sound designer Drew Kunin, and production designer Mark Friedberg; New video interview with star Jeffrey Wright; Plus: a booklet featuring essays by the critic Godfrey Cheshire and Edward E Leslie, author of the devil knows how to ride: the true story of William Clarke Quantrill and his confederate raiders

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Skeet Ulrich Jack Bull Chiles
Tobey Maguire Jake Roedel
Jewel Sue Lee Shelley
Jeffrey Wright Daniel Holt
Simon Baker George Clyde
Jonathan Rhys Meyers Pitt Mackeson
James Caviezel Black John
Tom Guiry Riley Crawford
Tom Wilkinson Orton Brown
Jonathan Brandis Cave Wyatt
Matthew Faber Turner Rawls
Stephen Mailer Babe Hudspeth
John Ales Quantrill
Zach Grenier Mr. Evans
Margo Martindale Wilma Brown
Mark Ruffalo Alf Bowden
Celia Weston Mrs.Clark

Technical Credits
Ang Lee Director
Marit Allen Costumes/Costume Designer
Steve Arnold Art Director
Anne Carey Associate Producer
Stephanie Carroll Set Decoration/Design
Robert F. Colesberry Producer
Mychael Danna Score Composer
Frederick Elmes Camera Operator
Mark Friedberg Production Designer
Ted Hope Producer
Robert Huberman Asst. Director
Avy Kaufman Casting
Drew Kunin Sound/Sound Designer
Steve Lauberth Set Decoration/Design
David Linde Executive Producer
James Schamus Producer,Screenwriter
Jonathan Scott Set Decoration/Design
Tim Squyres Editor
Alex Steyermark Musical Direction/Supervision
Philip Stockton Sound Editor

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Ride With the Devil 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Is Probably the greatest Civil War Film I have seen. It is disturbing and very realstic. Truley a movie to see.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is awesome. The relationship between Holt and Jake is really good and how they crossed the lines to become friends. It has action, humor, love and loss. Very real depiction of what the times were most likely like. Tobey Maguire is excellent in his role.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My Film and History class watched this in relation to our theme of the Civil War. I've always enjoyed Tobey Maguire's movies and was excited to watch this. It was much more than I had expected. It covers an aspect of the war that a lot of us had never known about. And while being informative, it was also extraordinarily intriguing. The performances of everyone in the cast were great and Jewel was surprisingly excellent. I was skeptical about her presence in the movie, even though I love her music, but she was able to hold her own against Tobey Maguire and Skeet Ulrich. I heartily recommend this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I cannot say how pleased I was with this movie. The cast was mostly unknown to me. This freed me from watching a ''star'' perform, and free to actually concentrate on the film. This film had so many ''twists and turns'', was historicaly correct.........and well plotted. Realistic and easy to follow from beginning to end, it kept me glued to my chair. I own the VHS and must have the DVD
Guest More than 1 year ago
''Ride With The Devil'' is a winner all the way around. The film deals with a piece of american history rarley touched on in film,The Kansas/Missouri Border War. RWTD contains some superb perfomances. Skeet Ulrich and Tobey Maguire gives the best performances of the careers as two childhood friends who become Missouri raiders. The tour-de-force performance goes to Jeffery Wright as a ex-slave who rides and fight with the band of confederates. Wright gives a well drawn and powerful perfomance. Also, James Caviezel and Jewel turn in a good perfomances in their supporting roles. The production is first rate. Ang Lee direction is flawless. RWTD contains some the best action sequences ever filmed. A classic.
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======================= WARNING: PLOT GIVEAWAYS ======================= I first saw this movie (late night channel flicking) on cable TV, and was hooked. Every time it has been re-run, I watch it again. It's a very understated, nonetheless enthralling, movie without the usual distraction of 'big-name' movie stars. There are a lot of beautifully filmed lush landscapes. The linchpin of the plot, and of the movie, is Quantrell's Lawrence Raid - probably the most historically accurate depiction of this event ever filmed. Strongly recommended for anyone with an interest in the Missouri/Kansas border conflicts during the Civil War. Not recommended for anyone with an interest in blood-and-gore cowboy/outlaw movies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is actually sort of a prequel to another very fine Western,'The Long Riders',in that it shows in detail what helped form some of the west's most famous outlaws.The cast is excellent to a person, the firearms are true to the time period and the costumes are very authentic. The only thing I couldn't figure out is where a band of outlaws living in the forest came up with so many costume changes.This is a minor criticism because anyone like myself who is into re-enact or Cowboy Western Shooting can get some great ideas for costumes from this film. This is a very enjoyable historic drama,not very well known but finely acted, directed and extremely well written.
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