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
Audio commentary by film historians Howard S. Berger, Steve Mitchell & Nathaniel Thompson
New Interview with composer Ry Cooder
New interview with director Walter Hill
New interview with producer Tim Zinnemann
New interviews with stars Keith Carradine, Robert Carradine, Stacy Keach, James Keach, Randy Quaid & Nicholas Guest
Original theatrical trailer
Outlaw Brothers: The Making of the Long Riders (61 min)
Slow Motion: Walter Hill on Sam Peckinpah (6 min)
The Northfield Minnesota Raid: Anatomy of a Scene (15 min)
One of the all-time great Western films; 'The Long Riders' holds up as a solid piece of entertainment with a cast that will like as not, NEVER be beaten.
Beautifully filmed, this edition is the one to buy, if not for the mastering, then for the extras !
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Best James/Younger Gang Movie Ever Made!
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.
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.