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At Theaters: 9/21/2007 On Video: 2/5/2008
Rated: R Length: hr. min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 499974
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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Based on the novel by Ron Hansen, "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" delves into the private lives of America's most notorious outlaw and his unlikely assassin to offer a new perspective on a legend and address the question of what really may have transpired in the months before that infamous shooting.
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Action Western - Despite the presence of Ocean's stars Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck, this is no crowd-pleasing, action-oriented western but a long, leisurely, downbeat, and meditative drama. The film will find widely divided reactions, but those drawn for more action-oriented western trappings won't find them here.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Brad Pitt OCEAN'S THIRTEEN, BABEL, MR. AND MRS. SMITH
Casey Affleck THE LAST KISS, SOUL SURVIVORS, COMMITTED
Sam Shepard THE RETURN, STEALTH, BLACK HAWK DOWN, THE PLEDGE
Mary-Louise Parker RED DRAGON
Paul Schneider 50 WAYS TO LEAVE YOUR LOVER, CRUDE
Jeremy Renner 28 WEEKS LATER, NORTH COUNTRY, S.W.A.T.
Zooey Deschanel SURF'S UP, BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA
Sam Rockwell JOSHUA, THE HITCHHIKERS GUIDE TO THE GALAXY
Wri/Dir: Andrew Dominik CHOPPER
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About The Production
Recruiting The James Gang
Capturing The Exterior And Interior Landscape
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PROFANITY: 3 S-words, 3 GDs, a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: Brief nonsexual nudity.
VIOLENCE: Bloody shootings.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco.
ACTION: Some gunplay.
COMEDY: None.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Above Average The Assassination of Jesse James starts and finishes strong, but it will lose numerous viewers during a frustrating, meandering middle section that spends so much time fleshing out secondary characters that it often forgets about the title individuals.

USA Today Full Review
Excellent Though there is plenty of gunplay, this is a wondrously contemplative and poetic saga that offers a fresh and bewitching take on a timeworn genre.

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Jesse James [BRAD PITT] was one of the country's first bona fide celebrities. There have been countless books written and tales told about America's most famous outlaw—all of them colorful and fascinating, all focused on his larger-than-life public persona and daring exploits, and most of them bearing only incidental reference to the truth.

To those he robbed and terrorized, and to the families of those he admittedly killed, he may have been just a criminal, but in the sensational newspaper articles and dime novels chronicling the James Gang throughout the 1870s, Jesse was the object of awe and admiration. He was a Robin Hood, they suggested, targeting railroad owners and banks that exploited poor farmers. He was a man with a tragic cause, a wronged and wounded Confederate soldier striking back against the Union that had ruined his life. Most importantly, to an increasingly buttoned-down and citified population leading ordinary lives, he was the last frontiersman—a symbol of freedom and the American spirit, a charismatic rebel who flouted the law and lived by his own rules…by all accounts, a legend.

Foremost among his admirers was Robert Ford [CASEY AFFLECK], an idealistic and ambitious young man who had devoted his life to the hope of one day riding alongside his idol. He could never have imagined that history would ultimately mark him as the "the dirty little coward" who shot Jesse in the back.

But who was Jesse James, really—behind the folklore and the selling of newspapers? And who was Robert Ford, just nineteen and a member of Jesse's inner circle, who was able to bring down such a formidable figure when lawmen across ten states had tried and failed? How did they come to be friends and what happened between them in the days and hours leading up to the gunshot that would end one man's life and become the definition and sum total of another's? No one will ever know the whole truth.

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