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The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford

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Andrew Dominik

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About the Movie

Brad Pitt stars as legendary Wild West outlaw Jesse James in Chopper director Andrew Dominik's cinematic rendering of the events that would eventually bring about the death of the man rumored be the "fastest gun in the West." An eager recruit into James' notorious gang, Robert Ford eventually grows jealous of the famed outlaw. When Robert and his brother Charlie sense an opportunity to kill James, their murderous action elevates their target to near mythical status. Casey Affleck stars as Robert Ford and Sam Shepard co-stars as Frank James — Jesse's devoted sibling and partner in crime.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 172
  • Fresh: 131
  • Rotten: 41
  • Average Rating: 7.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is the story...of the moment in America when myth was murdered by mere celebrity and we were left, perhaps forever, with only the latter's meager consolations. – Christopher Orr, The New Republic, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Moseying along for 160 minutes, this revisionist western by writer-director Andrew Dominik makes a wan attempt to present the Jesse James legend as the dawn of celebrity culture in America. – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Awesome splendor and a striking essay on celebrity reward those who brave the 2 1/2-hour run time. – Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: It's a view of the West beyond the myth that's worth enduring, if not relishing. – Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel, May 13, 2009

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Customer Reviews

Good movie! But why can't I buy it?

Really good movie. Superb cinematography and equally good acting. Some people said it was long, but I don't think so. I looked it up later, and saw that it's very historically acurate, too. Definately worth the money!


This elegiac film is best compared to Unforgiven if it must be compared to a Western at all. The violence is rare (but all the more effective for that), and the camera content to linger on people wrestling with their emotions, with the repercussions of their actions, with the endings of their lives. Casey Affleck really distinguishes himself here.


This will bore you if you don't take the time to let the beautiful cinematography sweep over you slowly - like fine wine - the story is paced where new dialogue is greeted with anticipation and always worth the wait. Based on the last couple of years of Jesse James' life we joked it was presented in 'real time' when we saw it in the theatre - this is amazing and so take your time and let it do it's magic on you. Casey Afflict is great and so is it's other actors. Highly recommended.

The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2008

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