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May 12, 2013
Enjoyable western which portrays the James-Younger gang who were a group of brothers that robbed banks and trains all through out post Civil War Missouri. The characters in the movie are all portrayed by acting brothers such as David, Keith and Robert Carradine playing the Younger brothers, James and Stacy Keach playing Jesse and Frank James and Dennis and Randy Quaid playing the Ed and Clell Miller. The film is not historically accurate, but gives the audience an idea of what this gang was like. There are some strong performances most notably between David Carradine and James Keach. I'm used to David Carradine playing nothing but kung fu masters, Robert Carradine playing nerds and Randy Quaid playing bumbling idiots, but the roles they played in this show they're more than just typecast. They're all actors who can play a diverse range of characters. I enjoyed the setting, cinematography and the music as it all fit with the time frame of the film. I loved the shoot out scenes and the film doesn't stop for breath when it comes to their interpersonal relationships when it comes to post robbing celebrations. I thought the ending was a little cheesy and the attitudes of the gang turned 180 near the climax. That's all I'll say. I don't watch too many westerns, but I have to say that if I came up with a top 10 Western film list, this movie would be in that category.
½ April 19, 2013
This should have been called..."The Everybody and their brother Riders" because that's pretty much what it was. You had all the Carradine,Keach,Guest and Quaid brothers as western outlaws, who rob trains,stage coaches and blow away sheriffs.
This was a pretty good early 80s western effort directed by one of my favorite directors...Walter Hill. Coming off the comic book like action packed gang movie "The Warriors" this was a totally different direction than I think most people expected from him but it was just as good as his other more well known work. One of the best westerns ever In my opinion and if you haven't seen this, you're really missing out.
½ March 10, 2013
Directed by Walter Hill (The Warriors (1979), Southern Comfort (1981) and Bullet To The Head (2013)), this is a very heavy going western, which was co-written and co-produced by two of it's stars. It seemed like a bit of a gimick, having 4 sets of acting brothers playing 4 real life sets of brothers in the American West. But it's a gimmick that works well, and there's some good set pieces in the film. This is set between 1866 and 1882, and it follows the exploits of the James-Younger gang, led by Jesse James (James Keach) and Cole Younger (David Carradine), along with their collective brothers Frank James (Stacy Keach), Jim Younger (Keith Carradine) and Bob Younger (Robert Carradine), they also had Ed Miller (Dennis Quaid) and Clell Miller (Randy Quaid) in their gang. They rob trains and banks, but it gets dangerous when Rixley (James Whitmore, Jr.) from the Pinkerton agency is on their tail, and it turns into a bloodbath in Northfield, Minnesota, but their downfall comes at the hands of Charley Ford (Christopher Guest) and Robert Ford (Nicholas Guest). There's a lot to like about this film, it's well filmed and it's focused and to the point, it has a brilliant score by Hill regular Ry Cooder as well. While studio United Artists weeped for their bank balance over Heaven's Gate (1980), this showed how it SHOULD have been done.
½ February 23, 2013
Poor attempt at a western
January 26, 2013
A very different kind of Western. You may not want to be eating while you are watching it.
January 19, 2013
Ok Western-drama, detailing the exploits of the James-Younger gang (Jesse James et al). Not very captivating though: seems pretty much join-the-dots. You never get to feel much empathy for any of them. Just seems kind of bland.

This said, the action sequences are good. The slo-mo shooting sequences are a bit overdone though, and weren't necessary in the first place.

Good performances from three sets of brothers in the main roles: David, Keith and Robert Carradine as the Youngers, James and Stacy Keach as Jesse and Frank James respectively and Dennis and Randy Quaid as the Millers.

Entertaining enough, but not great.
½ January 5, 2013
Pretty solid up until a rushed and anticlimactic ending. The stunt casting is more interesting in theory than in practice.
½ August 23, 2012
A Classic Western Story, done like never better. A Tale of Brother, played by Real Life Brothers
April 7, 2012
Cole Younger: "First getting shot, then getting married - bad habits."
March 3, 2012
It's Jesse James...how could you not like it.
Super Reviewer
½ February 19, 2012
The gimmick is all the acting siblings playing siblings, but I like it. The Carradine brothers, David, Keith and Robert, play the Younger brothers. The Keach brothers, Stacy and James, play the James brothers. The Quaid brothers, Randy and Dennis, play the Miller brothers. And the Guest brothers, Christopher and Nicholas, play the Ford brothers. Ed Miller (Dennis Q.) quickly gets eliminated from the James-Younger gang, but his brother Clell (Randy Q.) stays on as a major organizer with Jesse James (James K.). Frank James (Stacy K.) stays ever close to his brother. The three Younger brothers are loyal and proud members of the gang and are led by oldest brother Cole (David C.), who sometimes clashes with the decisions made by Jesse James. The Ford brothers want to join the gang, but can't get the James and the Youngers to take them seriously. They are ALL good 'ole boys from the South. The main reason they have taken to a life of crime is because they fought for the rebel Confederate force, the losing side. This movie tells a plain and simple story that seems to stick closely to the facts, rather than idealizing these wild west figures. Several of the men have steady women in their lives. Some just rely on prostitutes. Cole Younger has a tricky relationship with Belle Starr (Pamela Reed), a strong minded soiled dove and saloon owner. There is a gap of time in the middle of the story when they all scatter to live more domestically before trying another bank heist. Director Walter Hill slows down a lot of the action shots and even has horses jumping through the big picture windows of buildings in town. The Pinkerton detective agency has been on the trail of the James-Younger gang for a long time and eventually most of the gang gets filled with bullets like Swiss cheese. It has the look of being in the real locations and avoids stylized dialog and camera work. The soundtrack was also very enjoyable with authentic sounding music.
½ January 22, 2012
Sure, it's a blast from the past, but since they don't do them like that anymore, movies from the golden period of the genre are what should be watched if you feel for a western.
½ January 9, 2012
A strange, eclectic, and dream-like Western that's not really effective. There are moments of odd haunting beauty but some of it comes across as gimmicky as with the casting of all the brothers. Also, the violence though gripping is heavily-indebted to Peckinpah.
½ December 24, 2011
Action packed western featuring real life brothers as the James/Younger gang
½ December 17, 2011
The Assassination of Jesse James(07) was all about story and characters with the threat of violence. The Long Riders is all action sequences with no character development or storytelling. The action scenes are awesome(if you don't get held up on the crappy sound editing) but it just feels boring after a while. The idea of casting actual brothers to play brothers in the movie is great. But the story is so non existent that it feels like a cheap gimmick.
½ December 6, 2011
One of the more solid James-Younger pictures, it holds it own in both the western-style drama, as well as a biopic. Dramatic license to be sure, but still enjoyable.
December 2, 2011
An unsentimental and beautifully filmed old time western. Keith Carradine steals it as Cole Younger, but fine acting all the way around. His few scenes with Belle Starr are worth it.
½ November 24, 2011
One of the best Westerns there is...great performances from all the cast..well paced though you probably know the eventual outcome
½ November 6, 2011
This should have been called..."The Everybody and their brother Riders" because that's pretty much what it was. You had all the Carradine,Keach,Guest and Quaid brothers as western outlaws, who rob trains,stage coaches and blow away sheriffs.
This was a pretty good early 80s western effort directed by one of my favorite directors...Walter Hill. Coming off the comic book like action packed gang movie "The Warriors" this was a totally different direction than I think most people expected from him but it was just as good as his other more well known work. One of the best westerns ever In my opinion and if you haven't seen this, you're really missing out.
November 6, 2011
A real unsung western (& movie in general) by one of my favorite directors Walter Hill. Casting doesn't get much more brilliant then what's on display here. It gives new definition to the term keeping it in the family. By casting brothers in the Carradines, Keachs, Quaid & Guests it makes this movie feel authentic. This movie just couldn't be made today. Who the hell are you going to get?..The Jonas Brothers? Carradine has some great interaction w/ Pamela Reed. I love it when he calls her a whore but he does it w/ such love. You even get Hill regular James Remar who's fucking great whenever he shows up. He really should have had more of a career. Movies of this caliber are rare & should really be sought out by fans of the genre or of great film making in general
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