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The Last Days of Frank & Jesse James (1986)

Johnny Cash , Kris Kristofferson , William A. Graham  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Marcia Cross, Gail Youngs, David Allan Coe
  • Directors: William A. Graham
  • Writers: William Stratton
  • Producers: Joseph Cates, Phillip Cates
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: May 20, 2003
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000F30Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,600 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Last Days of Frank & Jesse James" on IMDb

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The true story of the legendary American outlaws. From 1866 to 1882, Missouri's Frank and Jesse James led a gang that robbed banks, held up trains and became the most famous outlaws in American history. After 15 years of thievery, the legendary outlaws are trying to settle down. This is the last years of the brothers' lives, revealing Frank (Johnny Cash) as a book-loving and family-oriented man and brother Jesse (Kris Kristofferson) as a money-hungry womanizer.

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The true story of the legendary American outlaws. From 1866 to 1882, Missouri's Frank and Jesse James led a gang that robbed banks, held up trains and became the most famous outlaws in American history. After 15 years of thievery, the legendary outlaws are trying to settle down. This is the last years of the brothers' lives, revealing Frank (Johnny Cash) as a book-loving and family-oriented man and brother Jesse (Kris Kristofferson) as a money-hungry womanizer.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the legend never dies March 1, 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Footnotes from the lives and legends of Frank and Jesse James that are often left out of other James movies are featured in this one. It's a charming TV movie that seems to be as close to the truth as legends can ever be. In other words, it takes a slightly more realistic approach to the legend, but still comes across like a whopping yarn your Southern grampa would tell you. I liked that. Don't expect too much action, but get ready to be charmed. Have a beer, settle back, and enjoy.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars three and a half stars February 26, 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James is a good mix of historical facts with a lot of legend. It might be the most accurate movie version, but it's not entirely factual and makes good use of folklore. Legends about Frank and Jesse not having the same father, their Indian wives, and an affair Jesse supposedly had are all worked into the movie. My only complaint is that a scene involving Jesse taking too many drugs for a bullet wound just ends. The movie could have been a little better, but it's pretty good and the performances deserve 5 stars.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars +A February 23, 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Recently I saw this movie while working on a class project. It was a report on Jesse James. Movies like American Outlaws are not even close to the real story. Last Days Of Frank And Jesse James and Long Riders were the two DVDs I watched that were closest to the facts. There are some changes. Long Riders has some moments of action that are there to make the movie entertaining. This one has Frank watching historical events that took place, but Frank didn't see them. In American Outlaws they have Jesse's mother die in Jesse's arms, but in real life he died before she did and the whole movie is wrong. At least this one tried to tell the true story is 90% right.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great May 9, 2005
By King
Format:DVD
This one should please Frank and Jesse James buffs who have longed to see a movie with various elements of James history and folklore that have been ignored in other films. Frank was a Southern Christian gentleman and student of the Bard and also a thief and killer. Cash does a fine job capturing his contradictions. Johnny, who can convey intelligence, heart, spirtuality and just as believably sing about killing a man just to watch him die, is brilliant here. Kristofferson is also superb as Jesse. Just as impressive are June Carter Cash, Willie Nelson, and David Allan Coe. Sadly Willie's part is only a cameo, but it's pure gold. A fine movie that is sure to entertain fans of the cast, folks who love a good Western, and Frank & Jesse James enthusiasts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very good January 26, 2004
Format:DVD
The Ballad of Jesse James was one of the most popular songs of the 19th century. Johnny Cash once noted that fact saying that his songs of violence and crime came from that same American traditon. Frank and Jesse James were "America's Robin Hoods" and Cash and Kristofferson have wonderful chemistry as the outlaw brothers in The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James. If you don't like 80's TV movies, or if you could care less about Frank and Jesse James, this may not be for you. Otherwise, this is one of the most accurate films about the James brothers ever made. There's a little fancy and folklore thrown into the mix, but James devotees wanting a realistic depiction should be very pleased with this movie.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ladies Love Outlaws May 30, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
I first recorded this on BETA tape and I wore it out over the years. I later bought a VHS copy, so you know I loved it. I'd take into account I'm a diehard fan of Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and Outlaw Country. I found the acting well executed (this is a cast of country music artists, only June Carter Cash had studied acting, yet they performed superbly.) Johnny Cash plays Frank James very convincingly and Kris Kristofferson is a sexy, sulky Jesse James. Notable is a small cameo by David Allan Coe who steals the scene and June Carter Cash's memorable portrayal of Zelda James, the James' mother. If you're a fan of the highwaymen or country music you'll likely enjoy this movie. Outlaws playing outlaws, how can you find fault? Look for Willie Nelson as General Joe Shelby and a cameo by Ed Bruce. Country outlaw Waylon Jennings is the only Highwayman absent in this gem of a western.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good TV movie February 9, 2004
Format:DVD
This TV movie is more about the personal lives of Frank and Jesse James so don't expect too many shoot outs. This is a very interesting look into the lives of the characters and that's what I like about this type of Western movie. Kris and Johnny are both very good in their roles. I can't believe June played their mother!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great film about the James boys January 20, 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
It's too bad this isn't everybody's cup of tea, but from a historical perspective this is very close to fact. There are some marginal changes for dramatic purposes, but this is as close to the truth as we will probably ever see on film. The cast is also quite good.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
Made for TV movie shot in and around Springfield, TN. My home town.
Published 1 month ago by Terry L Gragg
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great.
Published 1 month ago by Vernon Kielpinski
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this for personal reasons
I can't help but love this movie. Myself, my wife and son were in it as extras. Great movie. A must have.
Published 6 months ago by NTMD8OR
5.0 out of 5 stars Love to watch historical videos.
A friend from high school was in this video and we're having a great time watching it. Thank you! Nice to have around the house.
Published 6 months ago by wileyk
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Great cast with Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Kris Kristofferson, a true western classic. A must see for a fan of the westerns.
Published 12 months ago by Steve Whitman
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD THING & BAD THING
The good thing is:This is one of the finest Western with Countrymusicstars as actors!
The bad thing is:The Quality of this DVD is Video-like. Read more
Published 16 months ago by DON MARIO
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Days Of Frank & Jesse James
Enjoyed Watching This Movie,Of Couse I Will Watch It Again Because I Now Own It!!I Buy Most Of My Mosies On Amazon!!
Published on August 28, 2011 by sassysue
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Days of Frank & Jesse James
Great movie. I bought this one for a gift. A must for anyone who loves westerns.
Published on November 16, 2009 by Sandra Terrell
4.0 out of 5 stars A good movie worth at least one viewing
This movie was entertaining. I am not sure how accurate it is, though. I was told that Jesse was shot in the back. In this movie he was shot in the back of the head. Read more
Published on October 9, 2007 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Look At The Last Years of Frank and Jesse James
The James Gang has emerged as one of the most notorious outlaw gangs in American History. For years, Frank and Jesse James stayed one step ahead of the law, and were never... Read more
Published on September 29, 2007 by Ernie McHone
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