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At Theaters: 8/17/2001 On Video: 12/4/2001
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 35 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 329923
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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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.
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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.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Colin Farrell TIGERLAND, PHONE BOOTH
Scott Caan READY TO RUMBLE, VARSITY BLUES
Ali Larter FINAL DESTINATION, HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL
Gregory Smith SMALL SOLDIERS
Gabriel Macht THE OTHERS, THE OBJECT OF MY AFFECTION
Director: Les Mayfield BLUE STREAK
Producer: James G. Robinson THE IN CROWD, CHILL FACTOR, THE KING AND I
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About The Production
About The Casting & Characters
Learning To Be A Cowboy
About The Sets & Locations
About The Look Of The Film & The Costumes
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: Fairly frequent use of mild profanity.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Frequent (but non-bloody) shootings; fistfights.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco use.
ACTION: Shootouts, chases, explosions.
COMEDY: Comic dialogue and situations; nothing off-color.
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Below Average

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Entertainment Weekly   Full Review
Below Average "That the movie has obviously been fashioned for the summer teen audience raises a question: Does the Game Boy generation really have the slightest appetite for horses, saloon banter, or romance that is literally corseted?''

James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Below Average "Casual movie-goers will label this as a "bad movie", and will depart multiplexes nodding sagely about why (they think) Westerns are no longer made. Aficionados, will deem American Outlaws to be a sacrilege.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Poor "Should cruel mischance lead you to see this movie, do me a favor and rent Kaufman's "The Great Northfield, Minnesota, Raid" and then meditate on the fact that giants once walked the land in Hollywood. The style, class and intelligence of a Western like that (in an era which also gave us "The Wild Bunch") is like a rebuke to "American Outlaws."''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Average "While movies like THE LONG RIDERS (1980) and THE GREAT NORTHFIELD, MINNESOTA RAID (1972) aim to be serious considerations of the outlaws' lives and legends, this picture just wants to have fun.''

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 115 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
13
High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
24
High
96%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
20
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
16
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
18
High
94%
30+Adults (F)
24
High
100%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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Moviegoer Opinions:

"American Outlaws" received some very high opinions, especially for a western! Only a very few people didn't care for it, which you see on just about any movie. The rest enjoyed it very much.

Neither age or gender seemed to make much difference in the opinions. The ladies possibly enjoyed it a bit more because of the "hot guys," as many indicated.

If you have any interest at all in westerns, I would highly recommend "American Outlaws."


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
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.
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