Long Riders [DVD] [1980]

  • SKU: 4184377
  • Release Date: 03/20/2001
  • Rating: R
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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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4 out of 4)

Special Features

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


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

Customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best James/Younger Gang Movie Ever Made!

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    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    The Blu-ray provided a very good picture and sound. David Carradine portrays Cole Younger in this movie and he gives a very good performance. The Carradine brothers play the Younger brothers and the Keach brothers play Jessie and Frank James. There is plenty of western action in this movie and it is definitely worth watching.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Walter Hill Western

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    MGM release of the Walter Hill classic The Long Riders with the real life Keach, Carradine, Quaid, and Guest brothers. Only extra is a trailer and no English subtitles, although it is close captioned which HDMI is not compatible.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Another awesome western!

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    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    All Star Cast with a great plot! Love this one, lots of action and believability.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the best Westerns made

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    Based on the story of the Jesse James gang, this is one of the best Westerns made and is highly recommended to anyone who has not seen this film.

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