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The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford R

Beyond the myth lies America's greatest betrayal
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 40 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: February 5, 2008
  • Originally Released: 2007
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround - English, French, Spanish
    • Subtitles - English (SDH), French, Spanish - Optional

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 98,084
4 stars out of 4 -- [T]his is a wondrously contemplative and poetic saga that offers a fresh and bewitching take on a timeworn genre.
USA Today
Sep 21, 2007
Rating: 85/100 -- Affleck manages to strike so many right notes, that by the end of the film, it is easy to forget what a loathsome toady he was at film's start, and you cannot help but feel real pain as Ford's inevitably sad fate unravels before our eyes. Full Review
Cinemania
Mar 24, 2013
5 stars out of 5 -- [A] slow, meditative poem that harkens to the verdant sprawl of Terrence Malick's DAYS OF HEAVEN.
Empire
Oct 19, 2007
Writer-director Andrew Dominik takes his time with the story, but his languorous pacing allows tension to build -- and permits the actors, Affleck in particular, to add nuance and depth to characters who'll seem familiar only at first glance. Full Review
NPR.org
Oct 18, 2008
Rating: 2/5 -- Compared to Walter Hill's 1980 movie The Long Riders, also about the James gang, this feels an underpowered affair. Indeed, compared to Dominik's own previous movie, Chopper (2000), it is impossibly meek. Full Review
Independent (UK)
Nov 30, 2007
Imperfect, beautiful, overloaded and redundant, it is one of those films that will still be remembered and analyzed in ten years. [Full Review in Spanish] Full Review
Espinof
Aug 8, 2019
5 stars out of 5 -- With breathtaking cinematography and a masterful score that manages to be both plaintive and foreboding, Dominik's film slowly works its way under the skin, steadily building to a heart-wrenching climax...
Ultimate DVD
May 1, 2008

Product Description:

Based on the 1983 novel by Ron Hansen, THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD captivatingly depicts the final few months of the legendary Jesse James's life. He was 34, and his days of ruthless robbing had dwindled, yet his fearsome reputation continued to swell. With an abundance of nickel-books retelling his brutal gun-slinging adventures, James (portrayed by Brad Pitt, in one his most convincing and moving roles) had become a symbolic hero for many Americans, and a dazzling tabloid icon for the 19th-century media. A particular young man seduced by the wonderment of James, the shifty Robert Ford (a breakthrough performance by Casey Affleck), wormed his way in as a James groupie, in the hopes of snagging a coveted spot alongside his brother Charley (played by the always affable Sam Rockwell) as one of the bandit's cronies. Ford, fiercely insecure and painfully aware that he would never be taken seriously by James (who, ever-plagued by paranoia and skepticism, found Ford's earnest obsession a bit unsettling), grew increasingly angry with his idol, leading to a destructive path that ultimately ended in the anticlimactic death of Jesse James--and brought the treacherous Robert Ford the notoriety he had always wanted.

Although this film takes place in the late 1800's, its eerie relevance to modern-day celebrity-obsession scandals is astounding, and adds a fresh scope to what could be viewed as just another cinematic western. Director Andrew Dominick (CHOPPER) furthers the film from its genre by banishing clichéd bullet-infested showdown scenes, instead embracing the relationships and interactions of the outlaws, and creates a mood of brooding and contemplation with exceptional camera angles and lighting. His intensely sophisticated approach to filmmaking illustrates the darkest corners of the characters, and insightfully provides a deeper, heartfelt portrayal revealing what the men might have been like behind their masks.

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