The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid (1972)
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as Jesse James
as Cole Younger
as Jim Younger
as Henry Wheeler
as Bob Younger
as Clell Miller
as Chief detective
as Old Timer
as Clell's wife
as Jefferson Jones
as Frank James
as Charley Pitts
as Singing whore
as Old Granny Woman
as Doll Woman
as Nude Girl
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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.
[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.
The finale bank heist is well-executed and possibly excuses the pic's flaws.
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.
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
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
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.
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