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Frank and Jesse 1995

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4.2 out of 5 stars (58) IMDb 5.9/10

After the defeat of the South in the Civil War and the murder of their younger brother, Frank and Jesse James seek their own brand of justice. As outlaws, they gain fame for their daring hold-ups of banks, trains, and stagecoaches.

Starring:
Rob Lowe, Bill Paxton
Runtime:
1 hour, 46 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Western
Director Robert Boris
Starring Rob Lowe, Bill Paxton
Supporting actors Randy Travis, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Maria Pitillo, Luke Askew, Sean Patrick Flanery, Alexis Arquette, Todd Field, John Pyper-Ferguson, Nicholas Sadler, William Atherton, Tom Chick, Mary Neff, Richard Maynard, Jim Flowers, Mari Askew, William Michael Evans, Lyle Armstrong, Cole S. McKay
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By tvtv3 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 11, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
There have been over a dozen movies based upon the life of Frank and Jesse James. Some have been historically accurate, but extremely boring and others have totally ignored history, but are extremely good movies to watch. FRANK AND JESSE falls somewhere in the middle.
The movie is really enjoyable to watch. It ignores much of the James' early years and instead focuses on their days as a gang after the Civil War. There are a few historical facts that are presented correctly in the film, but there are a lot more that are totally ignored or changed. Instead, the film is based more upon the legend of the James and Younger gang.

There is no doubt that Jesse James and company were bank robbers who had a ruthless streak to them. Nevertheless, a person cannot deny the fact either that too many people in Missouri and other rural areas in the country, the James and Younger gang were heroes, Robin Hoods of the American West. Pinkerton asserted as much time and time again in his attempts to catch and round up the gang. Having been raised in a rural area not too far from the state of Missouri, I understand why people believed and still believe that, in some ways, the gang members were heroes. In fact, I am inclined to agree. Therefore, this "romanticizing" of the Jesse James' legend isn't anything new. It's just the other side of the same coin and usually makes for a better story.
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This is one of the better movies about the famed outlaws. It takes a different approach to the legends based on the true life of the two brothers. In this version Jesse is a hothead, somewhat immature. His older brother Frank tries to keep him in line, including frequently stopping him from killing people. The behavior of carpetbaggers and Jesse's reaction to it, especially the killing of his relative starts the crime wave. Pinkerton goes after the brothers making it his life goal. Frustrated by his inability to succeed, he resorts to brutality of Ford, one of the gang, including water boarding. The movie's ending is unlike what we have seen in other versions of the life of these two men. The acting in the film and the story itself are good.
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This was a very enjoyable movie. Bill Paxton, Rob Lowe and Randy Travis were great in the film. This movie was true to the basic history with the exception of some legend and myth being thrown into the film. There was no shaking of hands on the train robberies as potrayed in the film. The Northfield Bank Robbery was not followed according to history. The Robbers of the Northfield Bank Robbery were,Jesse James,Frank James,Cole Younger,Bob Younger,Clell Miller,Charlie Pitts, Bill Chadwell and possibly Jim Cummins. Only $26.70 was stolen. The James brothers were the only ones to escape death or capture. The life of Frank and Jesse were followed. Jesse did marry his cousin Zerelda called Zee. Frank was tried for only two robberies/murders-one in Missouri and another in Huntsville Alabama. He was aquitted for Missouri and Alabama. Frank surrendered in Jefferson City in 1882. He quoted 'I have been hunted for twenty-one years,have literally lived in the saddle,have never known a day of perfect peace. It was one long,anxious,inexorable,eternal vigil". Then he said 'Governor, I havn't let another man touch my gun since 1861', end quote. After the aquittal Frank returned to the James Farm. He died there Feb 18,1915 age 72.He left behind a wife Annie Raltson James and a son. As I said this is history entertwined with myth about the gang and the raids. The James boys were out for revenge against the Union Government and for the atrocities done to the South by the Union after the war. No amount of killing is justified however the way I see it. These gangs, Billy The Kid included were out to make a name for themselves. It is hard to dispute fact from myth in a western because these people were considered heroes but the James and Younger Gangs did not give their booty that they took to the masses.Read more ›
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I have an extensive collection of westerns included in which are a few James boys movies, this however a modern remake of the old story is not quite up to standard, a little too much hollywoodised for my liking, but as a collector have to have it!
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Pretty good movie. One of the few movies based on Jesse James that does not make him out to be some kind of misunderstood hero! James was a cold blooded killer and this movie pretty much depicts that!
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This movie has it all poor acting, glaring historical errors and totally unbelievable events. While I don't expect any film to be a completely accurate by any means the beginning of the film is one of the most fabricated and unbelievable retellings of why the James brothers started robbing banks. Jesse James was a hero to many people and that is accurately portrayed in the film. The acting and lines are forced and corny and the locations where it was chosen to be filmed are poor, yes mainly in Northwest Arkansas but the mountains in Minnesota were the worst. Let's just say there's a reason this move wasn't released in many theaters and only took home $50,000.
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This was a true representation of what they were like prior to being outlaws and how they became outlaws. I loved the long riders, it is my favorite western after Tombstone with Val Kilmer, the best Doc Holiday. After Outlaw Josey Wales, Hang'em high,pale rider, unforgiven, two mules for sister Sara.... ok most of my Clint Eastwood movies, although there are my other shoot'em up movies Borne, Shooter,Godfather etc etc etc.....
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