Memorable David Carradine (as Cole Younger) scene in which he finds Belle (Pamela Reed) and her new native husband (James Remar) in a Texas saloon in Walter Hill's The Long Riders, 1980.
Wild sound effects and slo-mo in a piece of the action as the James (Keach), Younger (Carradine) and other brothers attempt to escape Northfield, Minnesota in Walter Hill's The Long Riders, 1980.
Distinctive Ry Cooder music, opening credits and Jesse James (James Keach) irritated at a breach in bank-robbing protocol by Ed Miller (Dennis Quaid) in Walter Hill's real-brothers Western The Long Riders, 1980.
Sheepish Bob and Charlie Ford (Nicholas and Christopher Guest) approach the senior members of the James Gang (Stacy Keach, David Carradine and Randy Quaid) at a dance in Walter Hill's The Long Riders, 1980.
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The Keachs, the Carradines, the Quaids and the Guests take on the roles of the James, Young, Miller, and Ford brothers in Walter Hill's mythic retelling of the James-Younger outlaw legend. The film begins as outlaws are robbing a bank. After the robbery Ed Miller (Dennis Quaid) finds himself kicked out of the gang when his brothers Clell (Randy Quaid) and Jesse James (James Keach) mutually agree to hand over his share of the money and tell him to leave because of his unnecessary killing during the robbery. The rest of the gang decides to split up for awhile. Cole Younger (David Carradine) travels to Texas with his prostitute girlfriend Belle Starr (Pamela Reed) while the James boys return to their wives and farms. The gang reunites after the brief respite to rob a well-stocked bank in Northfield, Minnesota. The robbery is a disaster and most of the gang ends up either wounded or dying. The James boys are the only ones not seriously hurt, and escaping while they can, they leave the rest of the gang behind. After the James boys leave, the remnants of the gang are captured. But trailing the Jameses is a relentless posse. Frank and Jesse manage to keep one step ahead until the Ford brothers (Christopher Guest and Nicholas Guest) make a deal with the Pinkerton detectives trailing the outlaws.
Four theatrical families of the 1980's re-create the saga of the 1860's James Gang: Stacy and James Keach, David, Keith and Robert Carradine, Randy and Dennis Quaid and Christopher and Nicholas Guest.
The most notorious American bandits of the 19th century were very probably the Jesse James/Cole Younger gang. In this unique look at their lives and world, director Walter Hill cast all real-life brothers as the brothers-in-arms. The film concentrates "on familiar rituals--the funeral, the hoe-down, the robbery (a stunning tour de force in slow motion)--Hill pas tribute to such directors as Ford, Hawks, and Ray, emphasizes the mythic aspects of the Western and focuses on the subject of kinship and the land..."(Time Out). As the brothers rob and carouse through the West, pursued by bumbling lawmen, the feel to the viewer is as if he/she were actually there in the unpredictable, unconventional, raw America of the 1870s. Music by Ry Cooder.
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