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When the citizens of a Midwest town learn that a corrupt railroad baron intends to force them off their land in the name of progress, a group of young farmers join forces to reclaim what is rightfully theirs. In the course of serving this vendetta, the renegade farmers become the targets of the biggest manhunt in the history of the Old West.
Action Western - Non-discriminating action fans, particularly younger ones, are the
audience most likely to enjoy this light western/adventure. Those
seeking anything of substance better look elsewhere. Violent, but
non-bloody, content may be of concern to parents.
The farmers left Liberty, Missouri as boys. Four years later, steeled from fighting on the losing side of the Civil War, the soldiers return home as hardened men hoping to reclaim their former lives — farming their land and caring for their families.
But the homecoming is short-lived: Jesse and Frank James (COLIN FARRELL and GABRIEL MACH'I'),
brothers Cole and Bob Younger (SCOTT CAAN and WILL McCORMACK) and their trusted comrade Comanche Tom (NATHANIEL ARCAND) return to find Liberty occupied by Federal troops. Meanwhile., the Rock Island Railroad, led by the powerful Thaddeus Rains (HARRIS YULIN), is forcing farmers
to sell their homes at immorally low prices as the R.I.R. builds westward. Making matters worse, the infamous Allan Pinkerton (TIMOTHY DALTON) and
his Pinkerton Detective Agency provide limitless manpower to force the railroad company's agenda on unsuspecting citizens.
United by a common bond to defend their homes from the imperialistic East Coast establishment, this small group of former soldiers, together with Jim Younger (GREGORY
SMITH), Clell Miller (TY O'NEAL), and Loni Packwood (JOE STEVENS), form the James-Younger Gang. Their vendetta against the railroad company takes the renegades on a journey throughout the Old West, as they attack their adversary where it hurts most — in the wallet — to prevent the railroad from barreling through outlaw country. Initially underestimated by their opponents, the James-Younger gang prove themselves to be "the perfect
outlaw band" by ravaging the railroad's supply lines, sabotaging track and robbing the banks where the company's payroll is stored.
By sharing some of the loot with their neighbors, the outlaws become respected
heroes in the hearts of the people. But the gang's retaliation spree inevitably pulls Jesse away from his true love, hometown beauty Zee Mimms (ALI LARTER), and his growing notoriety flames internal conflicts within the gang — conflicts that could prove as great a threat to their survival as their nemesis Allan Pinkerton.