Long Riders, The [Blu-ray]
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"The Long Riders" is close to plotless, but it paints a fascinating picture of the gang and the family and community ties that keep them together (the Ford influence right there...community was his great theme) while delving into the nuances of each character (this is where the fraternal casting really helps out). And Hill acheives all this depth in only 100 minutes! The action sequences are the best in a Western since Sam Peckinpah; the Northfield robbery is particularly striking and brutal.
Aside from Hill and all the great actors, cinematography Ric Waite and composer Ry Cooder deserve special mention for the film's success. Waite creates an authentic "period" look with his deep, glowing photography; the DVD transfer captures this perfectly for the first time. Cooder's score is completely against the grain for the time: small, intimate, and filled with forgotten folk tunes that help paint a picture of a united, family-built community. It is almost a companion piece for David Mansfield's equally intimate score for "Heaven's Gate," released the same year as "The Long Riders.Read more ›
Each of these films takes its measure of literary license, but each succeeds in recreating the historical reality of that era for modern viewers. "The Outlaw Josey Wales" is truest to the Western genre, while the other three all compete for historical accuracy in their own ways. "The Long Riders" is probably the best in its depiction of these men as continuing the Civil War in their own way, employing military-style tactics learned from their Missouri guerrilla leaders to rob trains and banks, and always wearing their distinctive, long grey dusters, which gave them the name "The Long Riders" (a name continued by Bill Doolin, Bill Dalton and the rest of the Oklahoma Long Riders).
The casting of the Keach, Carradine, and Quaid brothers as the James, Younger, and Miller (Ed and Clell) boys is a great touch, and Ry Cooder's arrangement of the music sets the period atmospherics perfectly (so much so that even "The Assassination of Jesse James" has to include a bit of "The Unreconstructed Rebel" with its defiant addendum from the Missouri riders: "I don't want no pardon, for anything I done.").Read more ›
The James and the Youngers are protrayed as outlaws who were influenced by thier civil war service in and around Missouri. They had killed and stolen in service to their cause and then kept it up after the war ended. But they are not shown in a particularly heroic light.
Instead, they are shown as clannish desperadoes who are supported by the locals. David Carradine in particular does a good job as Cole Younger. The movie does a good job showing the peer pressure put on them after the Pinkerton people get their brother killed. It also shows the Ford brothers selling out Jesse James' life to the Pinkertons.
It does leave out the part in Northfield where the citizenry supposedly went into a hardware store and began grabbing rifles off the shelves with which to repel the invaders.
This movie gets gorey and gritty in spots, has cathouse scenes, and is not a "cowboy" movie to show to young kids.
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This is my all-time favorite Western. In fact, it's the only Western sitting in my DVD collection. I saw this as a film in a theater and loved the action, the cinematography, the... Read morePublished 12 days ago by paulina
Much-repeated story of the James and Younger gangs, with the gimmick of four sets of brothers in the cast. Fortunately, the multitude of brothers make a very strong ensemble. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Blacklace 50
Gritty Adult & more realistic than most. But in the cathouse scene the naked prostitute raises her arms above her head and had ..... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Potluck Queen
I saw this movie when it became out in the 70s and I was disappointed in it. I feel the same way now in 2016 as I watch it gain. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bryce A. Suderow
Great flick. Didn't see the Region B disclaimer when I purchased from this seller. My bad, don't get burned like I did.Published 2 months ago by Bobarian
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