The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

2007

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Critics Consensus

On the strength of its two lead performances Assassination is an expertly crafted period piece, and an insightful look at one of the enduring figures of American lore.

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In 1881 a younger member of the notorious James gang becomes so inextricably drawn to and frightened of his mentor that his own delusions of grandeur force him to consider doing the unthinkable.

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Cast

Brad Pitt
as Jesse James
Casey Affleck
as Robert Ford
Brooklynn Proulx
as Mary James
Sam Rockwell
as Charley Ford
Jeremy Renner
as Wood Hite
Sam Shepard
as Frank James
Paul Schneider
as Dick Liddil
Joel McNichol
as Express Manager
James DeFelice
as Baggagemaster
J.C. Roberts
as Engineer
James Carville
as Governor Crittenden
Nick Cave
as Bowery Saloon Singer
Zooey Deschanel
as Dorothy Evans
Darrell Orydzuk
as Ukranian Train Passenger
Jonathan Erich Drachenberg
as Young Train Passenger
Jonathon Young
as Jonathan Leonard
Torben S. Hansen
as Danish Train Passenger
Alison Elliott
as Martha Bolton
Kailin See
as Sarah Hite
Tom Aldredge
as Major George Hite
Jesse Frechette
as Albert Ford
Pat Healy
as Wilbur Ford
Michael Parks
as Henry Craig
Ted Levine
as Sheriff Timberlake
Stephanie Wahlstrom
as Store Customer
Ian Ferrier
as Photographer
Michael Rogers
as Onlooker at Jesse's Death
Calvin Bliid
as Small Boy at Jesse's Death
Sarah Lind
as Bob's Girlfriend
Matthew Walker
as Bowery Saloonkeeper
Michael Copeman
as Edward O'Kelly
Laryssa Yanchak
as Ella Mae Waterson
Hugh Ross
as Narrator
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  • Writer-director Andrew Dominik takes his time with the story, but his languorous pacing allows tension to build -- and permits the actors, Affleck in particular, to add nuance and depth to characters who'll seem familiar only at first glance.

    Oct 18, 2008 | Full Review…

    Bob Mondello

    NPR.org
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  • 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.

    Sep 18, 2008 | Full Review…
  • When Ford finally pulls the trigger, it's a relief as the flick's final ten minutes spin into actually interesting terrain

    Feb 22, 2008 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jan 4, 2008 | Full Review…
  • For all its intended depth and psychological realism, which at its best carries reminders of the work of Terrence Malick, there's a fake myth-making quality to it that, because of its inordinate length, could be mistaken for grandeur.

    Nov 30, 2007 | Rating: 3/5
  • A tremendously stylish, intelligent retelling of western myth.

    Nov 30, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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