The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid (1972)

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In this western, Jessie James (Robert Duvall), Cole Younger (Cliff Robertson), and their gang of outlaws concoct a plan to rob the biggest bank west of the Mississippi. After a series of mishaps, the group makes it to Northfield, Minnesota, where the bank is located. However, this is only the beginning of their problems, as their carefully-planned scheme slowly starts to unravel.
Rating:
PG (nudity, violence)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Western
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Studio:
MCA Universal Home Video

Cast

Cliff Robertson
as Cole Younger
Robert Duvall
as Jesse James
Luke Askew
as Jim Younger
R.G. Armstrong
as Clell Miller
Dana Elcar
as Allen
Donald Moffat
as Manning
John Pearce
as Frank James
Matt Clark
as Bob Younger
Wayne Sutherlin
as Charley Pitts
Jack Manning
as Heywood/Landlord
Royal Dano
as Gustavson
Bill Callaway
as Calliopist
Arthur Peterson
as Jefferson Jones
Craig Curtis
as Chadwell
Inger Stratton
as Singing whore
Barry Brown
as Henry Wheeler
Nellie Burt
as Doll Woman
Liam Dunn
as Drummer
Madeleine Taylor Holmes
as Old Granny Woman
Herbert Nelson
as Chief detective
Erik Holland
as Sheriff
Anne Barton
as Clell's wife
Velda J. Hansen
as Nude Girl
William Challee
as Old Timer
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Critic Reviews for The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

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.

Full Review… | May 8, 2013
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 8, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

[The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid] may be a valiant attempt but fails to come off.

Full Review… | May 8, 2013
Variety
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 8, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

The finale bank heist is well-executed and possibly excuses the pic's flaws.

Full Review… | September 23, 2013
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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.

Full Review… | May 8, 2013
Film4

Audience Reviews for The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid

More 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 OK

Brody Manson
Brody Manson

Super Reviewer

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

Adam Mahler
Adam Mahler

Super Reviewer

½

silly dukes of hazard county narration, sentimental banjos, and the end of the wild wild west. Cole Younger is the thinking man's outlaw, while Duvall's Jesse James hams it up with tongue out and latent homosexuality. The shots of Pinkerton squinting it out in a box car are almost as good as as the steam whistle organ played by a dead german shoot-out in the animated rain. Good? Probably.

R.John Xerxes
R.John Xerxes

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