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The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2008)

Brad Pitt , Casey Affleck , Andrew Dominik  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Shepard, Molly Parker
  • Directors: Andrew Dominik
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 5, 2008
  • Run Time: 160 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (373 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010DR4BO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,456 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Everyone in 1880s America knows Jesse James. He’s the nation’s most notorious criminal, hunted by the law in 10 states. He’s also the land’s greatest hero, lauded as a Robin Hood by the public. Robert Ford? No one knows him. Not yet. But the ambitious 19-year-old aims to change that. He’ll befriend Jesse, ride with his gang. And if that doesn’t bring Ford fame, he’ll find a deadlier way. Friendship becomes rivalry and the quest for fame becomes obsession in this virile epic produced in part by Ridley Scott and featuring gripping portrayals by Brad Pitt (winner of the Venice Film Festival Best Actor Award) as Jesse and Casey Affleck as the youth drawn closer to his goal…and farther from his own humanity.

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193 of 221 people found the following review helpful
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As a fan of the western genre I look forward to pretty much every western I hear is in the works since they come so few and far between nowadays. I am also a huge fan of Sergio Leone and Terrence Malick; two directors who use extremely long takes with exquisite deep focus photography. I had never heard of Andrew Dominik until I researched this film, and when I checked his history and saw that he had only done one other film called Chopper I felt skeptical as to what he would do with The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford. Then I saw the trailer which sent chills up my spine and even made my eyes water, and this film became my top priority for the fall.

The film follows Robert Ford and two of his brothers as they join the James brothers for one final robbery. Robert Ford played brilliantly by Casey Affleck sees Jesse James as his idol. He followed his stories throughout his childhood and he wants nothing more than to be accepted by this man. Affleck portrays Ford as a very insecure and quiet man who almost feels ashamed for being himself. Being the youngest of five brothers one can assume he is tired of being at the bottom and one day wants the fame and attention that someone like Jesse James gets. Brad Pitt plays the complex Jesse James brilliantly with a performance that will send chills up your spine. His character is pretty hard to analyze. One can infer that James is a man who enjoys his reputation but sometimes longs for a life without the attention so that he can be happy with his wife and family. Another important character in this film is that of Charley Ford who is played by the great Sam Rockwell. With this film Rockwell proves he is capable of amazing things as an actor.
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117 of 136 people found the following review helpful
THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD is one of the finer films about the history of the Old West 'heroes' such as Jesse James. It is difficult to describe the degree of high quality of the way in which this film has been created: the script (adapted by Andrew Dominick from Ron Hansen's novel) is as poetic as it is gritty and flows like a Shakespearean tragedy both in narration and in dialog; the exceptionally fine cinematography by Roger Deakins captures the flavor of the times, shot in subtle lighting whether in darkly intimate interiors or on the vast plains at times heightened by snowlight, but always in the feeling of the quality of daguerreotypes; the musical score by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis is strangely apropos without seeming to borrow from any previous source; and the cast of fine actors play the film as a true ensemble work. Director Andrew Dominik has accomplished a masterpiece.

The story begins subtly in the last year of the James gang at the final train robbery in 1881. Jesse James (Brad Pitt) and his brother Frank (Sam Shepard) have gathered remnant criminals to bolster their decimated gang - Dick Liddel (Paul Schneider), Ed Miller (Garret Dillahunt), and Wood Hite (Jeremy Renner) among them. The Ford brothers want to ride with Jesse: 19-year old Robert (Casey Affleck) idolizes Jesse and his older brother Charley (Sam Rockwell) enjoys the attention of the gang's fame. Jesse James, at only age 34, is at the end of his career, content to be at home with his wife Zee (Mary Louise Parker) and children. But Robert's adoration results in a chain of events that slowly dissembles the gang and results in Robert's obsessive revenge for Jesse's murder of one of the members fired by the promise of reward for the capture of Jesse James, dead or alive.
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60 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Film of 2007 January 9, 2008
This film is a breathtaking account of the life and times of Jesse James. I am in complete awe that this movie wasn't more widely released because it was the best film of the year. Brad Pitt, Sam Rockwell and Casey Affleck give astounding performances, but Affleck's portrayal of the tormented and obsessive ally to James is beautiful and absolutely unforgettable. It is a shame that movies like this can come out and be mostly should at least be nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, and Cinematography.
This is a must see and once you do yourself the favor of indulging in this epic, you will then know why.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
If you are looking for a shoot 'em up cowboy film then keep looking, but if you are looking for a mesmerizing look at the post civil war American psyche then this is your masterpiece. Every shot is a masterpiece of composition; not since Days of Heaven has a cinematographer so expressively captured the forlorn beauty of the American landscape and the American psyche and the intimate bond between the two. Through the magnificent expressionist lens of cinematographer Roger Deakins, every slant of light and shade seem constructed/designed to evoke the immense mystery, and the immense emptiness at the heart of all physical things. The more sensitive the onlooker the more intimate will be the bond between landscape and psyche. This is the poetry, this is the mythos not just of the American western but of American literature. From Hawthorne to Poe to Melville to Emily Dickinson to Ambrose Bierce to William Faulkner to Robert Frost, the stories that take place within the American landscape are inevitably stories of biblical proportions, of men and women struggling to forge something out of the light and the shade.

This is a film about American poetry and mythos. Specifically about the transitional poetry and mythos of America c. 1880, a time when the individual and the nation itself were still suffering the devastating psychic effects of the war; a time when both were desperately in need of a new poetry, a new mythos, a new way to behold the world.

This film is about looking at the way we craft mythos. One way nations have done this is to craft heroes. But its not always the poets that have given us our heroes, sometimes our most effective mythos come from the most unexpected sources. In the 1880's the spinners of far-fetched dime store yarns crafted a hero out of Jesse James.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This video download had no sound and I am trying to get a refund....
The sound was not available, only video. I would like to get a refund if possible and try to watch this moving with sound.
Published 4 days ago by BRET
5.0 out of 5 stars The real truth-this man is not Robin Hood
The actor did such a great job of portraying Jesse as a psychopathic murderer that it makes you squirm in your seat every time you look into those cold, dead eyes. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Penny Greenwich
4.0 out of 5 stars Great acting
I knew nothing about Jesse James's death before this movie, just his civil war guerilla operations. I researched his death after the movie, and learned the movie is quite... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michael
4.0 out of 5 stars Deserves a Second Look
The first time I saw this, I thought it was horribly slow and boring. It didn't capture my attention at all. I am glad I gave it a second look. Read more
Published 1 month ago by taaj
5.0 out of 5 stars excellant movie
moving account of american folk legend. The acting was spot on, both Brad and Casey gave accurate and great performances.
Published 2 months ago by Aaron Roth
3.0 out of 5 stars hi
0 skips 0 jumps it was a good movie had 0 problems just hated the end but all and all no problems
Published 2 months ago by adamthecollector
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Western without the cliches.
Pitt and Affleck are brilliant in this complex piece of American Legend. I've rented this a few times from Netflix and finally decided I wanted it in my library.
Published 2 months ago by Matthew R. Jacks
1.0 out of 5 stars Quite boring
I stayed with this movie for about 45 minutes from the start, but it was basically a bunch of hard to understand Actors sitting in the dense woods doing next to nothing except... Read more
Published 3 months ago by David Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars PERFECT WESTERN
Published 3 months ago by RAYMAR05
3.0 out of 5 stars So So
Not the best movie I ever saw but certainly not the worst...Hey Brad Pitt is in it, so It's not a total loss...
Published 3 months ago by mary
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I do hope that a director's cut will be forthcoming. I am in total agreement with Richard about ignoring the juvenile reviews. And I agree with you that it's a great film and hugely underrated. My guess is that the torch will be picked up in future years and this film will eventually get the... Read more
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youre right, but im not that big of a lover of the film. I like it, and havent yet watched a second time through yet. And i made it half way through the second time, but i ran out of time to watch it in its entirity the second time around.

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