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At the end of the Civil War, Frank and Jesse James ride home to Missouri to be on their ranch with their mother. As a railroad moves through buying up as much land as possible, burning folks out if need be, the James-Younger gang of outlaws become determined to use any means to protect their land and the land of their townsfolk and friends.
Release Date: 3-FEB-2004
Media Type: DVD
- 4 Featurettes: The Making of American Outlaws, Creating The Old West. How To Be An Outlaw, and Costuming The Cowboys
- Publicity and Storyboard Galleries
- DVD ROM features
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can't take your eyes off him and he has all the charisma the real Jesse must have had to make men follow him unto their deaths. The entire
cast is good, especially the supporting actors, some of the best character actors around today. And Mayfield understood something that few directors of westerns ever understood, that women like westerns as much as men. He gives the distaff side of the audience a heroine to be
proud of: fresh-faced Ali Larter as Jesse's spunky wife, Zee. No whiny pacifist schoolmarm in a starched corset. She can hold her own with any of the men and she engineers Jesse's escape from the prison train(One of the most exciting scenes ever in a western). "American
Outlaws" IS full of inaccuracies. And it has so many mistakes you could make a parlor game out of them. It's not even a very good movie. But it is non-stop action and good humor. Fun every bit of the way. Deservedly becoming something of a cult favorite.
Video quality of my copy is OK and the sound is dim, I had to turn it way up. On the other hand I paid only $6.00 for it. As my daddy used to say, "You can't hardly beat it with a stick".
This young cast played off well each other, Colin Farrell, Scott Caan,
Ali Larter and the supporting cast were just great. I've seen many versions
of the Jesse James gang but none that I continued cheering throughout.
These young people kept me glued to the screen and wondering what was
going to happen next. Now there was one character who totally surprised
me, like a sleeper and that was Ali Larter. I give her an that-a-girl.
COLE: What are you fellas doing? There's more Yankees back there!
CONFEDERATE SOLDIER: The war's over, son. General Lee surrendered yesterday at Appomattox.
BOB YOUNGER: Well, somebody better tell the damn Yankees!
That scene put kind of a twist on things, which incites the James and Cole brothers to go home back to Missouri, where they find a new threat hanging over their lives--railroad detectives trying to force farmers off their land and raising hell for anyone who refuses their offer of $2 an acre. Jesse James soon decides to declare a personal war on the railroad, hurting them most by simply robbing them of their financial assets.
Other critics harangue this film for it's "lack of historical accuracy." Well, if you want to see historical accuracy, go and watch the movie, "The Life of Jesse James." This movie never said "Based on a True Story" but simply revolves around the first daytime bank robberies in U.S. history, whether or not the scenes are true. 50 percent of the things in this movie may have never happened, but it still makes for a good movie. My favorite scene is when some of the gang members are guarding the bank from the outside, and trying to protect themselves from the cane of a bitter, indignant old man who wants to go to the bank.
OLD MAN: There ain't no gol-durned bank holiday!
INDIAN SCOUT: Sir, you're right about that.
OLD MAN: Well, why can't I go in there?
INDIAN SCOUT: On account on that we're uh...robbing it.
OLD MAN: Oh! Well, why didn't you just say so in the first place?
This movie was quite exciting and has a hundred other scenes as funny as this one.
If you can understand that, and take the musket barrel out of your behind, you will probably really enjoy this movie. It's exciting, funny, sexy (Collin Farrell & Ali Larter provide abundant eye-candy for both genders), and just the right amount of cheesy. It has been one of my favorites since the first time I saw it, when I was like 12, and still is 10 years later at 22.
Also, as a student of film, I must more specifically commend the awesome cinematography, excellent production design, on-par acting, great stunt work, and the seriously rad use of modern Southern Rock music.
Just an overall good movie. I think I shall buy it on Blu-ray as soon as I finish writing this sentence.
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