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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.
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 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
[The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid] may be a valiant attempt but fails to come off.
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.
Kaufman presents his material with a comedic breeziness at considerable odds with its grim, grimy visual aesthetic.May 26, 2020 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…
[Phillip] Kaufman's clever script moves from bloody murder to historically precise set pieces to Occult visions to wacky humor with consitent style.January 8, 2020 | Full Review…
Audience Reviews for The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid
Oct 08, 2019Philip Kaufman takes a leisurely, historical look at the life lived in the mid-United States immediately after the Civil War. There's also a bit of a story about Jesse James and Cole Younger's differences of opinion insofar as to what exactly that notorious gang's mission was, and it's interesting enough, but the main focus is a casual walkthrough the attitudes of people living in those times, "the good ol' days". Again, while interesting, certainly not enthralling. There's also some little bit about the detectives chasing the outlaws that is simply frittered away.Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
Nov 09, 2011More 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 OKBrody M Super Reviewer
Jul 30, 2007An 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 F Super Reviewer
Jul 25, 2007Robertson 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 manAdam M Super Reviewer
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