The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid Reviews

  • Jul 07, 2020

    The performances by Duvall and Robertson were good but the screenplay is awfully cheesy.

    The performances by Duvall and Robertson were good but the screenplay is awfully cheesy.

  • May 17, 2020

    i have to watch old 70s movies because the garbage they make today, isn't worth watching

    i have to watch old 70s movies because the garbage they make today, isn't worth watching

  • Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
    Oct 08, 2019

    Philip 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.

    Philip 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.

  • Feb 26, 2017

    A decent Western. A lot of characters and a fair amount of action shoe horned into 90 minutes. Quality of the filming is dubious and the baseball game scene is plain weird.

    A decent Western. A lot of characters and a fair amount of action shoe horned into 90 minutes. Quality of the filming is dubious and the baseball game scene is plain weird.

  • Feb 06, 2015

    Written and directed by Philip Kaufman, (Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), The Right Stuff (1983) and The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)), this one came shortly after Kaufman's debut Fearless Frank (1967) got released in late 1969. It caught the attention of Cliff Robertson, who got Kaufman a deal at Universal to do this low budget western, which is very down and dirty. It tells the exploits of the James-Younger Gang in the mid 1870's, Cole Younger (Robertson) and Jesse James (Robert Duvall) have been granted amnesty in Missouri, so they head north to Minnesota, where Younger has plans to rob "the biggest bank west of the Mississippi". Younger has it all planned out, but Jesse and his brother Frank (John Pearce), have doubts as to whether the plan will work, but Younger assures them it will, it seems like a doddle. However, when they arrive at the bank in Northfield, Minnesota, they didn't count the locals getting wise and Pinkerton agents ambushing them. Everything that can go wrong, does go wrong here. It's a world away from the sunny westerns of old, this one is dirty, muddy and has rain in it, like Robert Altman's McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971) did. Kaufman mainly filmed it with handheld cameras, which was rare for a film like this, but it sealed the deal, and it was a small success, and put Kaufman on the map as a director to watch.

    Written and directed by Philip Kaufman, (Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), The Right Stuff (1983) and The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)), this one came shortly after Kaufman's debut Fearless Frank (1967) got released in late 1969. It caught the attention of Cliff Robertson, who got Kaufman a deal at Universal to do this low budget western, which is very down and dirty. It tells the exploits of the James-Younger Gang in the mid 1870's, Cole Younger (Robertson) and Jesse James (Robert Duvall) have been granted amnesty in Missouri, so they head north to Minnesota, where Younger has plans to rob "the biggest bank west of the Mississippi". Younger has it all planned out, but Jesse and his brother Frank (John Pearce), have doubts as to whether the plan will work, but Younger assures them it will, it seems like a doddle. However, when they arrive at the bank in Northfield, Minnesota, they didn't count the locals getting wise and Pinkerton agents ambushing them. Everything that can go wrong, does go wrong here. It's a world away from the sunny westerns of old, this one is dirty, muddy and has rain in it, like Robert Altman's McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971) did. Kaufman mainly filmed it with handheld cameras, which was rare for a film like this, but it sealed the deal, and it was a small success, and put Kaufman on the map as a director to watch.

  • Oct 21, 2012

    A curious western from the early 70s that - by comparison - plays conspicuously-bland in comparison to spaghetti westerns from only a few years prior. Effective scenes of Hollywood-esque gun play are completely undermined by a whimsical musical score only seconds later, leading the viewer to wonder exactly what type of movie director Kaufman (or perhaps the producers) were searching for. A real mixed bag, overall. Decent drive-in movie fare - with good performances from Robert Duvall and Cliff Robertson - but little else.

    A curious western from the early 70s that - by comparison - plays conspicuously-bland in comparison to spaghetti westerns from only a few years prior. Effective scenes of Hollywood-esque gun play are completely undermined by a whimsical musical score only seconds later, leading the viewer to wonder exactly what type of movie director Kaufman (or perhaps the producers) were searching for. A real mixed bag, overall. Decent drive-in movie fare - with good performances from Robert Duvall and Cliff Robertson - but little else.

  • Brody M Super Reviewer
    Nov 09, 2011

    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

    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

  • Nov 05, 2011

    Philip Kaufman directs in an almost documentary style the story of Jesse James's attempted robbery of the biggest bang west of the Mississippi. There's a lot of things wrong with this movie. It's boring, a bit unfocused, and has some pretty bad acting from many of the supporting characters. But it wasn't a complete waste of time, mostly because of the direction from Kaufman. Far from his best film, though, as that would easily by The Right Stuff.

    Philip Kaufman directs in an almost documentary style the story of Jesse James's attempted robbery of the biggest bang west of the Mississippi. There's a lot of things wrong with this movie. It's boring, a bit unfocused, and has some pretty bad acting from many of the supporting characters. But it wasn't a complete waste of time, mostly because of the direction from Kaufman. Far from his best film, though, as that would easily by The Right Stuff.

  • Jun 22, 2011

    I'm a Minnesota Girl I've been waiting for this Movie

    I'm a Minnesota Girl I've been waiting for this Movie

  • Mar 06, 2011

    Never heard of this movie until I discovered it on Netflix and to my surprise, a very decent Western. Robert Duvall shines in his role as Jesse James, but he is not the focal point of this film. Duvall in a supporting role works well, as the film builds his anticipated return while we await his reaction to the chaos his gang creates. I really enjoyed the climax of this movie and many scenes still could hold up to today's audience.

    Never heard of this movie until I discovered it on Netflix and to my surprise, a very decent Western. Robert Duvall shines in his role as Jesse James, but he is not the focal point of this film. Duvall in a supporting role works well, as the film builds his anticipated return while we await his reaction to the chaos his gang creates. I really enjoyed the climax of this movie and many scenes still could hold up to today's audience.