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With corny dialogue, revisionist history, anachronistic music, and a generically attractive cast, American Outlaws is a sanitized, teenybopper version of Jesse James. Read critic reviews

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After the Civil War ends, Confederate soldiers Frank (Gabriel Macht) and Jesse James (Colin Farrell) return home with the three Younger brothers to learn that railroad baron Thaddeus Rains (Harris Yulin) is trying to drive Missouri citizens out of their homes. When both families resist, the James boys' mother (Kathy Bates) is murdered. Furious, the two groups of brothers team up for a series of robberies designed to hurt the railroad. Detective Allan Pinkerton (Timothy Dalton) pursues them.

Cast & Crew

Colin Farrell
Jesse James
Scott Caan
Cole Younger
Ali Larter
Zee Mimms
Gabriel Macht
Frank James
Gregory Smith
Jim Younger
Harris Yulin
Thaddeus Rains
Timothy Dalton
Allan Pinkerton
Ronny Cox
Doc Mimms, Zee's Dad
Jonathan A. Zimbert
Executive Producer
John Rogers
Writer
Roderick Taylor
Writer (Screenplay)
Russell Boyd
Cinematographer
Cary White
Production Designer
John Frick
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Critic Reviews for American Outlaws

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  • Dec 02, 2011
    American Outlaws is a corny, silly, ill-conceived, and extremely inaccurate depiction of the Jesse James gang. It should not be considered a western, as it disrespects the genre immensely with its' lackluster execution, embodying nothing of what makes a good western film. The actors look good to okay on paper, but ultimately only achieve the level of a made-for-tv movie (if not quite equaling some of the better ones). How it got green lighted is a more interesting question than the movie itself is.
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 10, 2010
    While not historically accurate, the cast is a lot of fun to watch. There are some really great shots and action sequences as well that make this worth a look. But overall, this a forgettable Western movie that loses it's charm near the end of the film.
    Jason R Super Reviewer
  • Feb 07, 2010
    Un autre film avec la présence de Jesse James. Cependant, ce dernier reste un bon petit film à regarder en fin de soirée avec sa copine.
    Marc-André B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 29, 2009
    I wanted to see this movie because Colin Farrell was in it and he doesn't disappoint heating up the screen as a charismatic and mesmerizing Jesse James. The supporting cast was pretty attractive as well consisting of mostly new-c omers with the exception of Timothy Dalton (Licence to Kill), Scott Caan (Gone in Sixty Seconds), Ali larter (Obsession) & Kathy Bates (Dolores Claiborne). Jesse comes back from war with his brother Frank James played by Gabriel Macht and finds out that the railroad is buying up all the farms. They decide to stand up against the railroad and raise a gang called the James Younger gang to rob all of the banks that the railroad has money in. So the railroad gets the famous Allan Pinkerton played by Timothy Dalton to hunt down the gang of outlaws. This is a Western/Action/Comedy where the storyline itself was a creative spin on the story of Jesse James and enough hot guys to make it a "chick" flick. There is lots of action, tongue-in-cheek humor, bit of romance and the good guys win! American Outlaws is nice clean movie, good fun and specifically designed to just entertain you, not make you think.
    Deb S Super Reviewer

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