Navigation Bar - Text Links at Bottom of Page


Links to Sections of this page
At Theaters: 12/17/1999 On Video: 7/18/2000
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. 18 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 119918
Studio: Universal Pictures Inc.
Subscribers! Add a note to this movie and/or
put it in
to one of your private movie lists.
Storyline Heading
A young Missouri man and his gang of misfits become caught up in the strife along the Kansas/Missouri border during the Civil War. Together they find the friendship, loyalty and sense of family needed to survive during such desperate times, while learning about responsibility, love and loss.
Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Drama - A different kind of Civil War story -- one that focuses more on characters and relationships than on actual battles. Although there is some action, this is not for those who crave frequent battles.
Cast and Crew Heading
Skeet Ulrich (Chill Factor)
Tobey Maguire (Pleasantville)
Jewel (Singer - Spirit)
Jeffrey Wright (Celebrity)
Director: Ang Lee (The Ice Storm)
Production Notes Heading
A Note From The Director
About The Production
Content Heading
PROFANITY: Occasional and mild.
SEX/NUDITY: Pre- and post-sex scenes. No nudity.
VIOLENCE: Numerous individuals shot and wounded or killed.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: One instance of social drinking.
ACTION: A few battle scenes.
COMEDY: Occasional, situational comedy.

Pictures © Universal Pictures Inc. ®
All Rights Reserved.

Critic's Review Heading
Ride With the Devil is a different sort of Civil War story. Like Dances With Wolves, it takes us away from the big battles of the East and to a place where things are less cleanly defined. Although Missouri was not a battleground where the Union and Confederate armies repeatedly clashed, it was nevertheless rent by strife. As was true almost everywhere else, idealogical gulfs often divided families. This is the terrain into which director Ang Lee has ventured, and the resulting motion picture offers yet another effective and affecting portrait of the United States' most important and difficult conflict.

Opinion Heading

Sorry, we were unable to collect moviegoer opinions.
This movie did not open in a city where we collect opinions.

Only once, in the history of the United States, has the nation been at war.. .with itself. In 1861, the Southern Confederacy is formed, and the American Civil War ignites. While the official military campaigns are being fought miles away, the pro- Southern Bushwhackers engage in guerrilla warfare on the back roads and across the countryside. Along the Kansas/Missouri border, childhood friends Jake Roedel (Tobey Maguire), the Missouri-raised son of a poor German immigrant, and Jack Bull Chiles (Skeet Ulrich), the son of a Missouri plantation owner, join up as Bushwhackers. These young men are, or must quickly learn to be, skilled gunmen and expert horsemen executing daring raids on the North's Union soldiers and sympathizers. By 1862, their unit, headed by Black John (James Caviezel), includes the unstable Pitt Mackeson (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), the gentlemanly George Clyde (Simon Baker), and Clyde's loyal former slave Daniel Holt (Jeffrey Wright).

With a harsh winter looming, the Bushwhackers must disperse and find shelter. Several squad members hole up in a hidden hillside dugout. Their vigil is brightened by the visits of compassionate young widow Sue Lee (Jewel). Then, the realities of the war intrude, splintering the group but uniting Jake and Holt in solidarity as outsiders. When the seasons change and the brutal battles intensify, the young men reach turning points both in the fighting and in themselves.

 Back to Storyline

(Use "BACK" On Your Browser To Return To Previous Pages)

Your Comments and Suggestions are Always Welcome.

InstantKeys – Your #1 source to global news!

Images and Storyline(s) ©Universal Pictures Inc.®,  All Rights Reserved.
Movie Type, Review and Opinions © Cinema Review
  All Rights Reserved.

Find:  HELP!