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American Outlaws (2001)



Critic Consensus: With corny dialogue, revisionist history, anachronistic music, and a generically attractive cast, American Outlaws is a sanitized, teenybopper version of Jesse James.

Movie Info

This loosely fact-based oater attempts to mimic the youthful heartthrobs in Western garb formula of Young Guns (1988), as well as the cheeky humor and some plot elements of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969). Colin Farrell stars as Jesse James, who returns home from the Civil War to his small hometown to find that a crooked railroad baron (Harris Yulin) has been illegally forcing the residents from the homesteads to make way for a new rail line. Enraged, James leads a band of outlaws including his brother Frank (Gabriel Macht), Cole Younger (Scott Caan), and Younger's brothers Bob (Will McCormack) and Jim (Gregory Smith) on a criminal spree of bank robbing. Although their Robin Hood-style tactics soon make them local heroes, the James-Younger gang members find themselves pursued by the dogged Allan Pinkerton (Timothy Dalton), the world's first "private eye." Along the way, Jesse also finds romance with Zee Mimms (Ali Larter), the daughter of a local doctor (Ronny Cox).more
Rating: PG-13 (for western violence)
Genre: Western, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: John W. Rogers, Roderick Taylor, John Rogers
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 4, 2001
Box Office: $11.9M
Warner Bros. - Official Site


Colin Farrell
as Jesse James
Scott Caan
as Cole Younger
Ali Larter
as Zee Mimms
Gabriel Macht
as Frank James
Gregory Smith
as Jim Younger
Harris Yulin
as Thaddeus Rains
Will McCormack
as Bob Younger
Ronny Cox
as Doc Mimms
Terry O'Quinn
as Rollin Parker
Nathaniel Arcand
as Comanche Tom
Kathy Bates
as Ma James
Timothy Dalton
as Allan Pinkerton
Ed Geldart
as Old Man Tucker
Ty O'Neal
as Clell Miller
Joe Stevens
as Loni Packwood
Bailey McGuire
as Jesse James' Sidekic...
Susan E. Denison
as Disappointed Girl
Jeremy Denzlinger
as Hyperion Townsman
Troy Dillinger
as Pinkerton/Sniper
Kirk Hunter
as Townsfolk
Philip Olivas
as Townsfolk
Muse Watson
as Burly Detective
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Critic Reviews for American Outlaws

All Critics (112) | Top Critics (34)

For the most part it's First Knight Way Out West all the way.

Full Review… | October 16, 2002
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

A big yawn that only reminds us why movie westerns are six feet under and not likely to make a comeback.

Full Review… | August 31, 2001
New York Observer
Top Critic

The bizarre result of another in a long line of westerns tailored for rising actors, who no one really takes seriously in such projects.

August 22, 2001
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

The movie's presumption of ignorance on the audience's part is monumental.

Full Review… | August 21, 2001
Village Voice
Top Critic

The blandification of the puppy-stud Western reaches its nadir.

Full Review… | August 20, 2001
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Picture 1860s Missouri as Ft. Lauderdale during Spring Break and you've got the idea.

Full Review… | August 20, 2001
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for American Outlaws


A run of the mill western adventure that was fun but a bit too corny.

Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer


Pretty good action keeps this one afloat. It's like a young Guns for the new generation but just not as good.

Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer


A hip, smart, funny and action-packed adventure. A full-on fun movie ride

Al S

Super Reviewer

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