The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid (1972)




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Movie Info

In this western, Jessie James, Cole Younger, and their gang of outlaws concoct a plan to rob the biggest bank west of the Mississippi. After a series of mishaps, the group makes it to Northfield, Minnesota, where the bank is located. However, their carefully-planned scheme slowly starts to unravel.

Rating: PG (nudity, violence)
Genre: Western, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Philip Kaufman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 25, 2007
MCA Universal Home Video



as Cole Younger

as Jesse James

as Jim Younger

as Clell Miller

as Allen

as Manning

as Frank James

as Bob Younger

as Charley Pitts

as Heywood/Landlord

as Gustavson

as Calliopist

as Jefferson Jones

as Chadwell

as Singing whore

as Henry Wheeler

as Doll Woman

as Drummer

as Old Granny Woman

as Chief detective

as Sheriff

as Clell's wife

as Nude Girl

as Old Timer
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Critic Reviews for The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

For all its flaws, The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid is the kind of first movie so rich in texture and invention that we can look forward to a lot more from Philip Kaufman.

Full Review… | May 8, 2013
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

A lovely, odd sort of middle Western. That is, it's neither conventional Western fiction nor completely documented fact, although it makes full use of history and is as crammed with the artifacts of 19th-century America.

Full Review… | May 8, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

[The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid] may be a valiant attempt but fails to come off.

Full Review… | May 8, 2013
Top Critic

Interesting for its demonstration of how exploitative capitalism leads simple-minded farmers' boys into outlawry, though somewhat marred by Duvall's manic interpretation of the role of Jesse James.

Full Review… | May 8, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

The finale bank heist is well-executed and possibly excuses the pic's flaws.

Full Review… | September 23, 2013
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Kaufman's own script never gels and the whole exercise, admirable as it is and enlivened by quirky decidedly unwestern like humour, fails to make much dramatic impact.

Full Review… | May 8, 2013

Audience Reviews for The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid

Robertson is a thinker and a dreamer, and Duval is a psychopath, who wants to keep on the Civil War to keep on killing; the film is unique for those two performances and the uncommented on psychedelic visions, which make science-enthusiast Cole Younger an unreligious prophet besides a decent man

Adam Mahler

Super Reviewer

An authentic and grungy western outlaw life is portrayed. There's little glamour here. It shows what drove the men to do what they did. It shows what a crazy guy Jesse James (Robert Duvall) was. The leader Cole Younger (Cliff Robertson) was a fun but reckless individual. They bring a few other oddball characters with them in their robberies. Some strange scenes are thrown in, which show the men enjoying a bathhouse, a trippy near-death scene, a whorehouse, and a muddy baseball game. Throughout the film, they earn their own misfortune. The ending was wacky with the posse parading the outlaws in a cage with calliope. It needs a DVD now!

Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

More of a historical western then a western movie.It wasn't all that bad but there were certain parts that were plain boring & I just wanted to hit the fast forward button.After reading the description, I was expecting it to be an awesome movie but it was just OK

Brody Manson

Super Reviewer

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