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The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid (1972)

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The oft-told story of the rise and fall of the James Younger gang is given the Dragnet treatment in The Great Northfield, Minnesota Raid. With meticulous attention to detail, the film recreates the outlaw gang's most infamous escapade: the September 7, 1876, robbery of "the biggest bank west of the Mississippi" in Northfield, MN. Cliff Robertson plays Cole Younger, and Robert Duvall appears as Jesse James, herein depicted as a pair of vengeance-driven sociopaths, but no worse than the greedy

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Western, Action & Adventure

Philip Kaufman

Sep 25, 2007

MCA Universal Home Video

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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (3)

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.

May 8, 2013 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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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.

May 8, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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[The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid] may be a valiant attempt but fails to come off.

May 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
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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.

May 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The finale bank heist is well-executed and possibly excuses the pic's flaws.

September 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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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.

May 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Film4
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An offbeat, ragged but totally absorbing Western.

May 8, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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A Preston Sturgesian portrait of myth

February 7, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion
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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
June 26, 2009
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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!
July 30, 2007
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