Long Riders [DVD] [1980]

Walter Hill's intriguing retelling of the James family saga comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible, and the English soundtrack is closed captioned. Supplemental materials are limited to the original theatrical trailer. This film does have a cult following, making its appearance on DVD welcome, but the lack of extras is a bit frustrating. This is a solid release from MGM/UA, who deserve credit for releasing this quirky title.
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Special Features

  • Original theatrical trailer
  • English: mono
  • French: mono
  • French and Spanish subtitles

Synopsis

The Long Riders
The hook in Walter Hill's mythic retelling of the James-Younger outlaw legend is in the casting; the James, Younger, Miller, and Ford Brothers are played by a string of acting brothers, the Keachs, the Carradines, the Quaids and the Guests. The film begins as outlaws are robbing a bank. After the robbery, Ed Miller (Dennis Quaid) finds himself kicked out of the gang for needlessly killing a man during the robbery. Jesse James (James Keach) hands over Ed's share of the money and tells him to leave, a feeling held mutually by Ed's brother Clell (Randy Quaid). After the killing the gang decides to split up for awhile. The James boys return to their wives and farms, while Cole Younger (David Carradine) travels to Texas with his prostitute girlfriend Belle Starr (Pamela Reed). After the brief respite, the gang reunites to rob a well-stocked bank in Northfield, Minnesota. The robbery turns out disastrously, with most of the gang either wounded or dying. The James boys are the only ones not seriously hurt, and they leave the rest of the gang behind, escaping while they can. After the James boys leave, the remnants of the gang are captured. But trailing the Jameses is a relentless posse. Frank and Jesse manage to keep one step ahead until the Ford brothers (Christopher Guest and Nicholas Guest) make a deal with the Pinkerton detectives trailing the outlaws. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • David Carradine
    David Carradine - Cole Younger
  • Keith Carradine
    Keith Carradine - Jim Younger
  • Robert Carradine
    Robert Carradine - Bob Younger
  • Stacy Keach
    Stacy Keach - Frank James
  • James Keach
    James Keach - Jesse James

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